Big Three lose ground in biggest U.S. market

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WASHINGTON -- Auto sales plunged 39 percent in California in the last three months of 2008, while Detroit's Big Three saw its market share
fall to less than one-third of all sales in the nation's largest auto market.
New car and light truck registrations in California fell 23 percent to 1.45 million, down from 1.88 million in 2007, while U.S. auto sales were down just 18 percent last year, according to a report issued Thursday by the California New Car Dealers Association.
Passenger cars accounted for 60.1 percent of sales in 2008 in California, up from 54.2 percent in 2007. For the entire country, passenger cars accounted for 53.2 percent of total sales.
Detroit's Big Three saw its market share in the Golden State fall 4.7 percent to 32.4 percent. The Big Three had market share of 47.5 percent nationwide in 2008.
Big Three offerings were trounced in several categories. In the minivan segment, Chrysler LLC's Town & Country and Dodge Caravan accounted for 13 percent of all minivans registered. By comparison, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna each had 37 percent shares.
In midsize vehicles, the Chevrolet Malibu was 3.9 percent of sales and the Ford Fusion 3.8 percent. The Toyota Camry accounted for 36 percent of midsize sales and Honda Accord 27.6 percent, based on new car registration data.
In California, Chrysler brand sales fell 49 percent while its Dodge brand fell 35 percent and Jeep dropped 33 percent. Both Chrysler and Nissan Motor Co. each had a 7.5 percent market share in California.
California wants to impose a 30 percent reduction in tailpipe emissions by 2016. President Barack Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to review the request for a waiver under the Clean Air Act by California and 13 other states to impose their own standards.
California has said it believes those standards would reduce new car sales by 4.7 percent by 2020 because of the higher costs associated with complying with the emissions standards.
California auto dealers lamented the nearly 450,000 vehicle sales drop this year -- more than many states sell in a year.
"It's the largest single-year drop I've ever seen and the main reason that the communities we serve are starving for sales tax revenue," said Gary Shipman, chairman of the California dealers association, who also operates Toyota and Subaru dealerships in Santa Cruz.
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For accepting affirmative action programs that discriminate against white men, I hope the "Big (Loser) Three" go bankrupt.
I am enjoying this economic collapse. All you collectivist swine are getting what you deserve.
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