JESSE SNYDER

What’s that odd, pleasant feeling?

Automotive News | April 2, 2013 - 12:01 am EST

Feel like something’s missing, but can’t quite put your finger on it?

The chaos is missing. Look around. Everybody is quietly working away.

So that odd physical sensation? Maybe it’s your adrenal glands, not on full-emergency. Maybe it’s your hair, not on fire.

No global economic crashes. No fuel price spike. No (major) automaker declaring bankruptcy. No $3 billion government auto incentives. No European country likely to collapse this week. Nobody threatening U.S. national-debt defaults or government shutdowns. No supply disruptions from earthquakes, or tsunamis, or floods. No ruinous incentive wars. No overproduction.

In short, no crisis anywhere.

Look at the numbers. U.S. auto sales rose 3 percent in March, after a 4 percent gain in February and a 6 percent increase year to date. See, all single-digit changes? Last month every major automaker had a single-digit change in U.S. sales volume, from Volkswagen Group, up 8 percent, to Hyundai-Kia, down 8 percent.

No screams of anguish. No whoops of joy.

In our volatile industry, this is as close to normal as we get.

So enjoy it as long as it lasts.

Jesse Snyder is senior writer for Automotive NewsJesse Snyder is senior writer for Automotive News

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