AUTOS: Three Straight Records

The auto industry used to count it an achievement to put two record years back to back, but now, for the first time since 1965, it is rolling toward three straight annual records. Sales this year, including imports, will wind up at about 10,850,000 cars, some 600,000 ahead of last year's previous high. Yet at what by Detroit standards is, if anything, ripe old age the boom seems to be accelerating further, and the companies' main problem is producing enough cars to keep dealers well stocked. The same is true of trucks, which constitute...

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