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The automotive industry may be learning from past mistakes. As new-vehicle sales decline to start the year, automakers are largely avoiding the temptation to slash prices when demand fades.
Nissan brand sales dipped 4 percent in February as Altima deliveries wind down in advance of a redesign.
The redesigned Subaru Crosstrek continues to deliver results for Subaru of America, with the automaker producing 75 straight months of year-over-year sales increases.
Volkswagen's U.S. sales rose 6 percent in February to 26,660, as crossover sales carried the sedan-heavy brand.
The U.S. auto market is supposed to be contracting, but it seems nobody told premium carmakers.
Hyundai Motor America couldn't keep pace with 2017's record-setting February as U.S. sales dropped 13 percent last month.
Sales of redesigned crossovers such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Equinox couldn't outweigh double-digit declines of cars and pickups for GM in February.
American Honda's U.S. sales fell 5 percent to 115,557 in February behind lower demand for its three most important vehicles: the Accord and Civic sedans and the CR-V crossover.
Toyota Motor Sales reported an increase in February sales compared with last year, marking two straight months of gains at both the Toyota and Lexus divisions on record demand for light trucks.
Ford U.S. sales fell nearly 7 percent in February as strong sales of its pickups couldn't overcome double-digit drops for the Escape crossover and its overall lineup of utility vehicles.
FCA saw its sales decline for an 18th consecutive month in February, falling 1.4 percent to 165,903 vehicles.
New-vehicle sales in Canada rose 2.1 percent in February, just days after Scotiabank Economics predicted the industry is headed for a down year and end to a five-year run of record annual sales.
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