Ford Motor Co. appears to be closing the gap on General Motors Corp.’s second-place standing in U.S. sales. Through the first quarter, Ford’s U.S. light vehicles sales totaled 318,496 units, just 91,336 short of GM’s 409,832 tally, according to Ward’s data. This time last year, GM was ahead by 243,677 units, with 800,682 deliveries to Ford’s 557,005. But in a collapsing market, down 37.5% in the first quarter from like-2008, share is a more telling yardstick. And despite losing ground ...

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