The experts say today's U.S. sales tally for October will mark the first non-asterisked month above a 10 million annualized rate this year.
Some perspective: The SAAR plunged into the 10 million range last October and stayed there through December. This year, 9 million-plus has been the norm -- except for clunker-driven spikes in July and August.
Don't look for a huge rebound. Yesterday, Toyota pegged next year's industry total at about 11.6 million -- 30% below what we used to call normal. Ford feebly clung to its outlook for more than 12 million … and said check back in three months to see what we really think.
But, hey, we're getting ahead of ourselves. October's numbers are now rolling in. The table above our sales story will continue to be updated throughout the day, and we'll flash each automaker's results in a red bar atop our home page.