Fortunately, February ended.
It was a real bummer of a month in just about every regard. The nation drew closer to war; the weather was awful; and car-truck sales were less than stellar, especially for the Big 3.
Big 3 sales plunged 10.4 percent, half-again as much as the overall market, which was down 7.0 percent from last year.
The situation was so bad that even SUV sales were down.
Rotten weather didn't help. The East and Midwest, two prime buying areas, were clobbered by snow. In the East, snowfall was measured in feet, not inches. And it was bitterly cold. That sort of weather puts a damper on buying plans, except perhaps for four-wheelers. But those who needed four-wheelers probably couldn't get out of their driveways to visit a dealership.
The February sales count was 1,219,327, vs. 1,310,414 in 2002.
Truck sales were down 7.4 percent from last year, but the February tally was good enough to beat cars (down 6.5 percent) and put trucks back in first place in the sales race. Because of their solid victory in January, cars led trucks for the two-month period, but that is not expected to last.