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With American drivers nervously eying $4 gallons of gas, another group of people is getting that sinking feeling in the stomach as well: car dealers. Automotive News (subs req'd) says that Chrysler co-President Jim Press set the stage for 2008 car sales by saying, "This year is going to be a pretty severe year."

Last November, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) released the results of a poll that asked Americans how higher gas prices were changing their driving habits. The majority (60 percent) said the cost of gas was having an impact on how they drive, while 30 percent expected more changes when $4 gallons of gas are the norm.