Coming off the third-best year on record, expect solid results again for U.S. light-vehicle sales in 2006, albeit a slight decline from last year. This despite the 7.5% gain in January caused by huge volumes of Big Three fleet sales to rental and commercial customers. Unless the economy sees robust growth of 4% or better in real gross domestic product – most predictions range from 3.0% to 3.5% – several factors will work against a volume gain. First, cutbacks in capacity at General ...

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