Jan 5, 2010 12:32 PM by Associated Press
Chrysler says 2009 was its worst sales year in 47 years, while Ford saw sales drop 15 percent. It was a tough year for the industry, with sales expected to be at their lowest level in nearly 30 years.
Still, there were signs of progress. Ford ended the year with a bang, with December sales up 33 percent. The automaker says it gained U.S. market share for the year for the first time since 1995.
Chrysler sold just over 931,000 cars and trucks last year. Sales last dropped below 1 million in 1962.
Chrysler says its sales fell 36 percent compared with 2008 as the company received government aid and worked through bankruptcy protection.
Automakers are scheduled to report December and full-year sales figures Tuesday.