But automakers are encouraged by a recent increase in showroom traffic.
Automakers insist they see signs of life in the marketplace. But March was another dismal month for US car sales, as consumers clung to their old vehicles in the face of America’s economic woes.
These results weren’t exactly a surprise, considering that the Big Three are mired in a historic slump. But still, the poor showing might:
• Increase pressure on GM bondholders, as well as the United Auto Workers, to make concessions to keep GM out of bankruptcy.
• Give Chrysler a further shove toward an alliance with Fiat.
• Get Congress to seriously consider a government-sponsored “cash for clunkers” incentive program meant to break the industry’s downward spiral.