Ford Motor Co. closes out 2008 with a drop in light-vehicle sales in December, but takes solace in the fact its market share increased for the third consecutive month, the first time that has happened since 1997. “It’s very challenging times, but on the bright side we’re encouraged by our market-share increase over year-ago levels,” says George Pipas, Ford’s top U.S. sales analyst. “Only Ford, Toyota (Motor Corp.) and Honda (Motor Co. Ltd.) achieved market share increases in December and ...

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