Despite high rebates and end-of-model-year enticements, August was a terrible month for sales of new cars and light trucks in the United States.
The total of 1,429,614 was down 12.4 percent from a strong performance last year, and that was only for openers. Consider these further causes for weeping and wailing:
Toyota Division was down 17.3 percent in August. Lexus held its dip to 3.8 percent. Scion had another bonanza month: It sold nearly seven times as many cars and trucks as it did a year ago.
There was some good news. The Chrysler brand reported a banner month with sales up 32.6 percent. The new 300 sedan rang up 12,001 sales in August, four times as many as the Concorde and 300M, its predecessors, had last August.