Same old, same old.
That was the story of car and light-truck sales in April, which means it was another terrible month for the auto industry.
Sales totaled 1,248,549, down 6.8 percent from last year. It was the sixth consecutive year-to-year monthly decline and the 10th in the past 11 months. April's total was the poorest for that month since April 1995.
April's seasonally adjusted annual rate skidded to 14.7 million.
Should the final 2008 figures come in at the current SAAR, the total would be down 1.5 million from last year's 16.2 million, and that is spelled R-E-C-E-S-S-I-O-N.
Truck sales collapsed in April, down 17.2 percent. If you omit crossovers, which are really station wagons — and, thus, cars — truck sales were off 24.8 percent. Pickup sales fell 19.9 percent from April 2007. SUV sales plummeted 32.8 percent.
Cars outsold trucks for the second month in a row — but hold the cheers, you car lovers. March car sales of 702,954 were the lowest in more than a quarter-century. April car sales, at 674,782, were 4.0 percent lower than in March.