Ford Motor Co. light-vehicle sales fell 5.8% in May from year-ago, to 273,658, despite a strong showing in the passenger-car sector, which rose 2.2% on a daily rate basis. The performance puts total year-to-date sales for 2006 3.6% behind like-2005’s pace. A strong showing by the Ford Fusion, particularly 4-cyl. models, helped drive up car sales in May, George Pipas, Ford U.S. sales analysis manager, says. “Gas prices are top of mind among U.S. car buyers, and you can see this ...

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