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U.S. auto market remains bright spot as China pulls back

U.S. auto market remains bright spot as China pulls back

As China's auto market recoils, the U.S. remains a bright spot as it rolls on toward its best performance in more than a decade. China is still the No. 1 market, but sales there are slowing as the economy cools and cities impose car ownership limits to curb smog and congestion. At the same time, U.S. sales remain on pace to top 17 million this year for the first time since 2001. It's a reversal from six years ago, when U.S. vehicle sales plunged during the recession and China easily surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest car market. At least temporarily, automakers are left to rely on the U.S. — and a recovering Western Europe auto market — for sales growth....

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