Sales of convertibles fell in the U.S. in 2003 for the second year in a row, down 2.3% from 2002 to 296,433 units, says R.L. Polk & Co. “Convertibles are a more discretionary purchase than most vehicles and are sensitive to changes in consumer confidence and buying attitudes,” says Lonnie Miller, director-Polk Analytical Solutions. Miller says low consumer confidence and the increasing number of specialty vehicle choices available in the U.S. market are to blame for the falloff. ...

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