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US car makers hit reverse gear in 2017

After 7 years of growth, US manufacturers report a decline of 1.8% in 2017 to 17.2 million cars and lorries

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Chrysler Pacifica minivans at a dealership, where incentives were being offered to reduce manufacturers' inventory, in Michigan. The decline in the American market in 2017 is expected to continue, and may force carmakers to trim production and find new ways to entice customers.

New York

THE car industry's long-running sales party has come to an end.

After seven straight years of growth in domestic new-vehicle sales, US manufacturers on Wednesday reported a decline of about 1.8 per cent in 2017, to 17.2 million cars and light lorries.

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