The beat goes on. And it gets louder and louder.
March was a spectacular month for new-vehicle sales. The first-quarter was equally wondrous. In 1998, full-year sales fell 428,276 units short of the all-time record of 16 million-plus. In the first three months of this year, sales were 383,550 vehicles ahead of the year-ago pace. Go figure.
It's pretty early to talk about a peak year. Uncertainties abound. The Teamsters' car-hauler contract expires this spring. The UAW will negotiate this summer with General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and what used to be Chrysler Corp. We're at war in the Balkans. The strong economy could turn mushy.
But isn't it great to even think of a record this early in the year?