Analysis Global auto makers sold nearly 7.6 million total vehicles in March, up 40.1% from year-ago, bringing sales for the year’s first quarter to 18.5 million and marking a 26.4% gain on like-2009. Growth was fueled by continued expansion throughout the Asia/Pacific region, which finished the quarter 50.6% ahead of year-ago. With March sales topping 1.7 million vehicles – the largest volume in the market to date – China strengthened its position as the world’s largest market. ...

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