News of the SUV’s demise is greatly exaggerated, Ford Motor Co.’s April sales results suggest. Expedition sales were up 80% last month. Either that, or the appeal of 0% financing is blinding consumers to the volatility of oil prices. Ford’s overall 2.9% sales decline, compared with April of 2002, arguably is overshadowed by its 78,221 SUV orders. This total breaks by 10.5% the previous April SUV record of 70,766, set in 2001. Notes George Pipas, manager-sales analysis: “The ...

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