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August Auto Sales Remain Strong

J.D. Power said vehicle inventory in early August declined slightly to a 54-day supply, compared with 58 days in July. Car inventory was at 47 days, while truck inventory is at a normal 61-day supply.

Drury said an exception is the Chevrolet Malibu, which has a 96-day supply. " GM (GM - Get Report) overproduced the 2012s and didn't sell down effectively," he said. "Now there are so many discounts" that sales of the 2013 Malibu are being impacted.

By contrast, the competing Ford (F - Get Report) Fusion has a 43-day supply, as the 2012 model sells down in anticipation of the fall arrival of the 2013 model.

J.D. Power noted that production for Honda (HMC - Get Report) and Toyota (TM - Get Report) in the first seven months rose 79% and 65% respectively, as the recovery continues following 2011 production shortfalls.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. with a contribution from Andrea Tse.

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