U.S. sales steadfastly followed 2002’s fourth-quarter pattern and ended 2003 on a strong note. Furthermore, light-vehicle sales for the entire year ended at 16,639,209, 1.1% below 2002’s 16,816,368, and lowest since 15,543,007 in 1998. But it was the fifth-best year on record, although it should drop to No.6 after 2004. (See related data: Ward's U.S. Light Vehicle Sales by Brand and Group ) December sales totaled an 18.0 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), compared with ...

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