The economic crisis ravaging Asia and South America severely impacted overseas shipments of cars and trucks built in the U.S. and Canada, data for 1998 indicate. For 1998, manufacturers exported 454,183 vehicles, compared to 567,500 in like-1997. Both passenger cars and trucks were down. Shipments of cars slipped 14.8% to 208,142 units, from 244,247 in like-1997. Truck exports fell 20%. Ford Motor Co. was the only automaker to post export gains on the car side, finishing 1998 32.9% ahead ...

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