A Ward's analysis of U.S. new vehicle sales history back to 1925 indicates the market could improve on 1999's all-time high in 2000, if the same pattern that has been true over the last four decades holds firm. Beginning with the period from 1963 to 1965, U.S. calendar year sales records always have come in two- and three-year bunches. In fact, the only record year since World War II neither preceded nor followed by a record year was 1955. Prior to 1955's then-record 8.42 million units, ...

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