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SEPTEMBER U.S. SALES: Biggest makers slip as industry battles clunker ‘hangover’

GM, Chrysler drop more than 40%; Hyundai leads gainers

The biggest automakers posted some of the sharpest U.S. sales declines in September as demand dropped to its lowest level since April in the aftermath of the cash-for-clunkers program.

The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate was 9.51 million units. After thronging dealerships during the government incentive and sending August demand to the year’s high of 13.7 million, consumers backed off in September, dropping the sales rate slightly below June’s 9.55 million.

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Numbers in this table are calculated by Automotive News based on actual monthly sales reported by the manufacturers and may differ from numbers reported elsewhere.
Source: Automotive News Data Center
Note: Other includes estimates for Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Lotus
*Includes Mini and Rolls-Royce
**Includes Maybach, Mercedes-Benz and Smart
***Includes Jaguar and Land Rover (through May 31, 2008) and Volvo
****Includes Saab
†Includes Honda Division and Acura
††Includes Hyundai and Kia
†††Tata Motors includes Jaguar and Land Rover as of June 1, 2008
‡Includes Nissan Division and Infiniti
‡‡Includes Toyota Division, Lexus and Scion
‡‡‡Includes VW, Audi and Bentley

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