The first month of 2007 may have provided a glimpse into the future makeup of the U.S. light-vehicle sales market. Traditional U.S auto makers accounted for just 51.8% of light-vehicle sales in January, ceding 5.2 points of market share to foreign-based brands, compared with year-ago, and down nearly a full point from prior month’s 52.7% share. The loss came as both Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. experienced double-digit downturns in sales vs. like-2006. Ford’s daily selling ...

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