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Pickup trucks drive U.S. auto sales to 3-year high

The Post and Courier -- DETROIT — After years of sputtering, sales of big pickups kicked into overdrive last month.

Demand for full-size pickups jumped 16 percent, helping make August the strongest month for U.S. auto sales in three years. Overall auto sales increased 20 percent from a year earlier to nearly 1.3 million, according to Autodata corp.

The rising demand shows that businesses need to replace aging trucks and feel more confident about the recovery in U.S. housing — a market where pickups are essential for hauling equipment and crews.

“Businesses don’t usually go buy a fleet of trucks unless they have good reason to believe that business will be ramping up,” said Jesse Toprak, vice president of market intelligence for the TrueCar.com auto pricing service


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DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2012 5:46:05 PM

Sold one vehicle & bought a Ford F-350 4x4 diesel. Got a honest 20 mpg on the 1,000 mile drive home from Boise ID. Now to just sell my other vehicle.
drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 10:08:03 AM

"The rise of PU sales also indicates that people have more money to spend than last year....PU's are not cheap, nor do they get the MPG than some auto do. There are more jobs, the housing market is on the upswing, in general the economy is improving." - Letmeeatcake
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Not sure what world the one who would feed us the cake lives in!

We just had 365,000 people give up even looking for work.

Truck sales up because the folks have had to sit on their vehicles for twice as long as they normally would because Obama's "recovery" has failed.
DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 9:49:59 AM

I just put a deposit down on a new F-350 diesel. Selling two vehicle & replacing them with this one.
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:19:24 PM


Tomok

The rise of PU sales also indicates that people have more money to spend than last year....PU's are not cheap, nor do they get the MPG than some auto do. There are more jobs, the housing market is on the upswing, in general the economy is improving.

Obviously you don't want folks to drive the bigger vehicles proving all that crap you espouse about the President is true. I would suggest that you take a more positive view of the Administration, and in particular PU drivers. SOMEBODY has got money out there!

OR move to a state that is booming such as Oklahoma....where we have plenty of jobs and PU's too.


[Edited by: LetemEatCake at 9/6/2012 11:21:43 PM EST]
BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 6:38:53 AM

People Love There Pickups!!!
nb52
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 5:39:30 AM

This should tell the government bureaucrats, people don't want to be told they have to buy tiny vehicles.
tomok
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 4:48:28 AM

Are people and businesses realizing that Chucky's economy may be improving enough to warrant buying replacement vehicles and boosting sales for Pickup Trucks in the last 3 years?
But 'coming out of the closet' Chucky's lousy, smoke and mirrors, lack of jobs, dog and pony show and in the crapper economy, jobs or good paying jobs are Not here. Chucky's economy is not improving but continues to hurt the population and the job numbers continue to be down – no matter how smoooooth talking Chucky spins those numbers and he can spin them very well! People will still drive and buy fuel no matter what but it sure helps to have a job too!
Most pickups are single driver vehicles and will never haul or tow anything in their life span. Use some gray matter and drive a high MPG vehicle instead
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, has a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
driver169
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 3:56:31 AM

1
DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 3:25:36 AM

Gas hogs. Not good.
kgbellman
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 11:45:21 PM

Excellent for them
letterchunker
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 11:24:00 PM

Nearly every family in Texas has at least one truck if not more
rahcat
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 11:15:42 PM

Don't want or need a pickup.
defiancegasman
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 11:12:52 PM

new car sales were hotter!
N5EXY
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 11:08:48 PM

No big surprise. Trucks are a necessity.
regout
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 11:04:56 PM

It's surprising.
Prodaddy
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 11:02:09 PM

This suprises me
tjc09f
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:58:02 PM

ok
hcivic
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:56:42 PM

I am surprised about this! you would think most people are after
a car with good gas milage
Red7002011
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:53:39 PM

Really!
ILoveGoldens
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:53:24 PM

Very useful vehicles, but the mileage should be much better.
bginsj
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:49:25 PM

and maybe they could start increasing the mpg??!!
fenster66
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:48:28 PM

good to know...
pgerassi
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:45:40 PM

Although mine was fairly frugal for the time (16/19), I gave up on it long ago as it was still a fuel hog.
after10
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:43:20 PM

A little pricey on fuel.But good for long haul.
MotoDad
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:39:51 PM

still driving my 1997 F350 with 400K.
N4PIP
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:33:37 PM

This is just a blip. I don't expect to see a sustained surge in private truck or car sales any time in the near future.
mstearno
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:32:29 PM

so how did this increase the avg?
Mustache_33
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:32:24 PM

good
saleboss
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:32:16 PM

Probably just replacing the old ones with truck that get better mileage!
bonzoonfmb
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:32:01 PM

I hope that it is mostly fleet buyers and not the U.S. public buying oversize vehicles that they have no use for.
carinthuist
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:31:37 PM

great truck sales
bvrbill
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:31:01 PM

I'd like a new pickup.
fishgaro
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:30:08 PM

when will US cars drive auto sales to new highs?
Spankster85
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:29:50 PM

That's fine, just don't complain when fuel prices continue to rise.
NedW
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:29:47 PM

I wonder how pickups are going to meet Obama's MPG mandates?
drobbbb
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:28:19 PM

ok
Blue48
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:28:07 PM

GOOD NEWS!
kikitm
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:27:24 PM

Ok
clermont40miles
Champion Author Cincinnati

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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:25:32 PM

Not paying premiums for owning a truck.

Our Ford Fusions do a fine job.
robaloma
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:25:02 PM

ok
altima2008
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:20:49 PM

Must be nobamas one percent crew buying up all these trucks.
DriverofRed
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:16:20 PM

k
monarch57
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:15:50 PM

Our dealerhip sells more trucks than cars.
freerobert
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:15:42 PM

Pickups are mightiy handy, from haulling little things to Fifth Wheel Trailers.
MG_Sputnik
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:13:45 PM

Perfect timing for this news eh?
abcdMA
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:08:46 PM

americans are happiest in their trucks
ACTown
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:07:55 PM

it is not electric or hybrid economy cars? how can that be?
serrog
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:07:31 PM

great toys
DEG
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:05:54 PM

Whatever.
blupupher
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:01:29 PM

I would love a truck, but just can't afford one.
JAM11MS
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:01:14 PM

ok
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