Partial data released last week show March easily will extend the streak of monthly U.S. sales increases to seven and cap off the best first quarter ever (see Ward's Automotive Reports — March 15, '99, p.1). And the tenor of the press releases accompanying the sales reports was much the same as in the previous six months with references to all-time or long-time records. DaimlerChrysler Corp., the No.3 volume seller in the U.S., reported March sales (excluding Mercedes) were up 16.5%, based ...

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