First-quarter 2006 U.S. light-vehicle sales are forecast at below year-ago totals, while inventory is expected to climb back to bloated levels by the end of March. Ward’s January-March 2006 sales outlook calls for a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 16.4 million, down slightly from first-quarter 2005’s 16.5 million and ahead of fourth-quarter’s estimated 15.9 million. (See related data: Ward’s U.S. First-Quarter 2006 Light Vehicle Sales Forecast by Company ) Actual first-quarter ...

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