Although U.S. light-vehicles sales remained in the slow lane, April mustered a surprise with a mere 0.1% daily sales rate decline on 24 days compared with 26 in 2006. Sales volume in the month dropped 112,323 units – from 1,443,756 vehicles to 1,331,433. Trailing year-ago’s pace since December, the seasonally adjusted annual rate fell 2.8% to 16.18 million units from 16.64 million in like-2006, the lowest April SAAR since 1998. Chrysler Group was the only Detroit-based auto maker to ...

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