Surpassing most industry expectations, U.S. light-vehicle sales totaled 1,309,654 units in September, up 0.9% on a daily rate basis from the 1,350,506 delivered last year (25 selling days this year vs. 26 in 2006). Third-quarter sales totaled 4,085,242, down 3.0% from year-ago’s 4,322,657 and marked the lowest level since 2001’s 4,084,504. September sales translate to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 16.2 million units, close to the 16.1 million Ward’s had predicted earlier in the ...

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