(FILES) This file photo taken on November 30, 2017 shows Motor Trend magazine's 2018 Tuck of the Year, the Ford F150 Lariat Truck at the 2017 LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California. AFP / FREDERIC J. BROWN
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Automakers were on track Wednesday to report the first annual decline in U.S. sales since the financial crisis, a dip offset by continued strength in the sales of trucks and other large vehicles.The three leaders in the U.S. market -- General Motors, Ford and Toyota -- all reported modest declines Wednesday in annual sales compared with 2016, a record-setting year for the auto industry.GM's annual sales fell 1.3 percent to 3 million, but the biggest U.S. automaker said continued strength in larger crossover vehicles and trucks had helped it lift the average retail price for all vehicles to $35,400 in the final month of the year, a record.Ford's sales fell 1.1 percent to 2.6 million for the year compared to 2016, but it reported a surprise increase in December 2017 sales, fueled in part by the continued success of the F-Series pickups and other large vehicles.
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