DETROIT — Sales of domestic new cars fell again in mid-December, the seven U.S. auto makers reported Friday, with the total down 15.8% from the year before.
The seven domestic manufacturers sold a total of 165,132 new cars in the Dec. 11-20 period, down from 196,209 a year ago.
Industry analysts said that, although most of the auto manufacturers had incentive programs in effect during the Dec. 11-20 period, they were too limited to fuel a sales recovery. But analysts speculated that more extensive incentive programs announced by General Motors and Ford late last month should provide a sales boost.
The mid-December sales report was delayed by the holiday period. The manufacturers are expected to report sales for the month and all of 1985 on Monday.