October wasn’t a stellar month for U.S. light-vehicle sales, but it wasn’t as bad as expected either. Auto makers delivered 1,331,034 cars and light trucks during the month, up 2.2% on a daily basis from like-2003’s 1,302,565 (both periods 27 days). (See related data: Ward’s U.S. Light Vehicle Sales by Brand and Group) Scion xB sales rose 456.4% in October. The effort translates into a 16.9 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), down from September’s 17.4 million, but ahead ...

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