Business: Best Auto Sales

To automen enjoying their first spring buying surge in four years, the new sales figures last week were eye openers. During May, dealers sold 529,800 U.S.-built cars, 34% more than a year earlier and the highest total for any month in two years.

After lagging behind Ford in April, Chevrolet moved up to first place in May, with sales estimated at 153,000 against 135,300 for Ford. Plymouth moved up to third place (42,500 cars), ahead of Pontiac (35,300), which still kept a commanding lead over the middle-price field. In the luxury field, Cadillac reported...

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