Despite sluggish sales in March, U.S. vehicle supplies remained flat at 70 days as of April 1. About 60 days is considered ideal.
Sales fell 2.9 percent in March.
Last year, supplies were 69 days as of April 1.
General Motors cut its supply to 87 days as of April 1 from 90 as of March 1.
Its trucks, bolstered by the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, fell to 93 days from 100.
Cars inched up to 77 days from 75, as nameplates like the Pontiac Grand Prix, Pontiac G6, Cadillac DTS, Chevrolet Malibu and Chevrolet Monte Carlo increased.
Ford Motor Co.'s supply dropped to 76 days from 80.
The F series improved to 91 days from 109, and Ford Motor's truck supply was down to 84 days from 91. Supply of the Explorer, however, inflated to 95 days from 73.
Supply of the Fusion sedan spiked to 80 days from 68.
The Chrysler group had a 76-day supply, up from 67. Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep divisions all posted increases. Supply of the Durango SUV jumped to 167 days from 77, and the automaker's flagship Chrysler 300 rose to 79 days from 61.
Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. was the only one of the three largest Japanese car companies to lower days supply, dropping to 37 days from 41.
American Honda's supply rose to 51 days from 50. The Ridgeline pickup fell to 51 days from 59, but the Civic increased to 20 days from 18.
Nissan North America's supply jumped to 73 days from 68. Its cars increased to 66 days from 60, and its trucks rose to 81 days from 77.
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