There's always some hocus-pocus involved in year-end sales reports, with automakers “borrowing” sales from January and reporting them in December or pushing through fleet orders in the final month to boost numbers. And there have been a number of unresolved discrepancies before between manufacturer-reported retail sales and state-reported registrations. But last week's admission by General Motors Corp. that its Cadillac Div. inflated its December sales report in order to beat Lincoln out ...

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