U.S. new vehicle sales plowed ahead in August, as the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) hit a four-month high and volume increased slightly over the same year-ago month for the third straight time (see insert for data). Light vehicle sales — including estimates for Mazda North American Operations and Porsche Cars of North America Inc. — totaled 1.542 million units in August, equaling a daily selling rate (DSR) of 57,108, less than 1% above like-1999 levels (27 days this year vs. 26 in ...

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