New light vehicle sales in the US are set to be more encouraging following disappointing figures for November and December 2000, says the Financial Times. Quoting research published on Wednesday by Lehman Brothers, the FT says that analysts believe the January selling rate, on an annualised basis, would approach 17 million units. Although below the volume achieved in the same month last year, this figure would still surpass the 15.5 million unit selling rate recorded in December.