Ford Motor Co.’s U.S. sales fell 9.6 percent last month, unexpectedly putting its total behind both Toyota Motor Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG. Toyota gained 16 percent, pushing U.S. automakers’ market share to a record low. Ford, traditionally No. 2 in U.S. sales, was fourth in November. The decline prompted Ford to again cut its production forecast. DaimlerChrysler recorded a 4.7 percent increase and General Motors Corp. said U.S. sales rose 5.8 percent. The market share of U.S. automakers fell to 51.9 percent for the month, down from 53.2 percent in November 2005 and the previous record of 52.1 percent in July. The figures exclude European-based units of GM, Ford and DaimlerChrysler. Asian automakers captured 40.2 percent of the U.S. market in November, a rise from 38.9 percent a year ago. The record market share for Asian automakers was 41.4 percent in July. European automakers saw their U.S. market share rise to 7.9 percent in month from 7.8 percent a year ago.

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