US car sales could hit 26-year low next year

By Arlena Sawyers, Crain News Service

Detroit, Michigan — Sales of new cars and trucks in the US are expected to fall to an estimated 11.5 million units next year, the lowest sales total since 1982, according to Michael Robinette, vice president of forecast services with consulting firm CSM Worldwide.

US auto sales already are reeling. Through November, sales plunged 16.3 percent to 12.4 million vehicles, according to Automotive News. Sales in 2007 totaled 16.2 million vehicles, indicating a full-year decline of more than 15 percent.

The low…

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