U.S. dealers had 2,789,120 new light vehicles on their lots at the end of September. Up significantly from prior-year’s 2,071,538 units, the September tally was just 44,160 more than the August count and remained well below the historical levels for this time of year. Prior to 2009, dealers inventoried an average 2,977,000 LVs on Sept. 30 in preparation for the fall new-model buying season, some 188,000 units, or 6.7%, more than this year. September’s modest unit-stock ...

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