Exports of U.S. and Canadian built cars and trucks continued to stay ahead of like-1998 levels in August, as shipments in 1999 hit 310,844 units, up 4.3% from year-ago. Passenger cars, not trucks, accounted for the gains, as shipments have risen 27.9% (153,886 vs. 120,348) in Jan.-Aug. 1999. Mercury led all marques with 23,040 units exported, a 164.0% gain. Also contributing to the rise are Dodge (up 128.0%), Pontiac (up 118.7%) and Chrysler (87.4%). Japanese makes all were down. Truck ...

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