Banner Car Sales Year No Help For GM or Ford

Chrysler sells more cars, as do surging Asian competitors, as consumers shift from trucks back to cars.

Published: 06-Jan-2006

While it might not feel like good times in the Motor City, 2005 was the third-best sales year in history, with consumers buying nearly 17 million cars and trucks nationwide.

Despite the strong level of auto sales, this past year will go down in history as a volatile one -- and largely influenced by the shock of $3-a-gallon gasoline during the summer.

Consumers chose fuel-efficient cars and crossovers over SUVs and pickups. Car sales were up 2.1%, and light-truck sales were down 0.8%.

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