As many U.S. states grapple with budget deficits in 2003, governors across the country are signing executive orders halting the purchase of vehicles for their state fleets as a way to save money. The fallout no doubt will hurt the auto industry, which banks on the nearly 260,000 units sold annually to government fleets throughout the country. Industry is bracing for a drop in government new vehicle purchases. As part of their efforts to keep state budgets in line, governors in ...

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