It hurts even to write about October's U.S. car and light-truck sales. They were a disaster.
Last month's 838,592 new-vehicle sales were a 31.9 percent plunge from October 2007. Each of the Big 6 automakers — General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and Nissan — reported a significant loss.
Four of the Big 6 fell more than 30 percent. GM led the way — if "led" is the proper word — with a dive of 45.4 percent for sales of its domestic brands.
For the industry, October was the worst month since January 1991. Of the 37 major brands on the U.S. market, only Audi and Mini posted sales gains.
Audi's increase was a scant 23 units, but Mini was up an astonishing 56.4 percent. The Mini is small, cute, cuddly and fuel-efficient. And it has a new model, the Clubman two-door hatchback.