V-8 engines took a slightly bigger share of the U.S. import car sales mix, as 4-cyl. penetration fell nearly three full points in '98, a Ward's survey reveals (see insert). Of total '98 sales of 1,306,138 imported passenger cars, 4-cyl. engines were under the hood of 578,776 units, or 44.3%. That's down from 630,190, or 47.2%, in '97. The decline came in spite of a large percentage gain at Volkswagen of America Inc., where 45.1% of the VWs and Audis imported were powered by 4-cyl. ...
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