Despite gasoline prices that are nearly $1 higher than this time last year, the credit crunch is the greatest inhibitor to new-vehicle sales, says a senior Chrysler LLC executive. “Our dealers are telling us that credit is No.1 and fuel would be No.2 – but a distant No.2,” says Steve Landry, executive vice president-North American sales. Landry’s remarks come as the auto maker reports September sales against a backdrop of chaos in the nation’s financial community. As failing lending ...

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