Detroit: `It's Gone From Disastrous To Merely Awful'

Car salespeople are inveterate optimists. Just listen to Gary J. Leh man, general manager at Lupient Buick in Minneapolis. Sure, March sales are off 25% from last year. But Lehman sees a silver lining. More people are taking cars out for a spin, rather than just kicking tires. Better yet, more browsers "are bothering to ask for a price."

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