Pickups Make a Haul

Detroit's small, sprightly trucks are the fastest-moving vehicles

Question: Which is the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.-the Chevrolet Cavalier, Ford Escort or Honda Accord? Answer: None of the above. A pair of pickup trucks, the Ford F-series and Chevrolet's C-series, outsell every passenger car on the market. Indeed, Americans are increasingly turning on to trucks. Says Chrysler President Harold Sperlich: "Car sales are good; truck sales are dynamite." U.S. automakers announced last week that some 3.8 million trucks have been sold this year, an increase of 33%, while car sales have risen 14%.

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