Auto sales expected to match last year’s record, but may be plateauing – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2017

Growth and vitality: For seven years, that has been the central story for the U.S. auto industry.

That story’s coming to an end — the growth part, anyway.

Final numbers are due Jan. 3, but 2016 figures for unit sales of light motor vehicles are expected to come in right around last year’s total of 17.43 million — maybe a bit lower, maybe a bit higher, but not much either way.

For 2017 and the next few years, analysts say, growth is likely to hover around zero.

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