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Old 06-03-2013, 11:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Trucks sales haul... in May

U.S. auto sales roar back in May, led by pickups | Dallasnews.com - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News

Led by business buying? Businesses buy Pathfinders en masse?

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Toyota and Nissan both seem to be going after commercial sales...One of the local autoparts chains has tacomas, another has frontiers I believe. Wouldn't seem out of line to buy a pathfinder for business use if you needed the internal capacity and didn't want your fleet to be composed of minivans. Now that I think of it, one of the local casinos has pathfinders to shuttle people around with.

Still, I doubt the bulk of these are actually bought for business purposes.
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"while sales of the redesigned Pathfinder SUV more than quadrupled" - well, 4x the 17 they sold last year isn't that much ha ha. Pathfinder sales have been weak for a while, and a new body style on any SUV tends to wake up interest in it. My parents wanted an Escape, and I got them an old body style 2010 for cheap. As in $15k for a really nice one with leather, low KMs, etc. The cheapest 2012 (new body style) I could find was $23k. It's amazing how much of a difference a change in body style can make on the value and desirability of a vehicle. And with consumer confidence rising, people that have been holding off on a new purchase will be deciding to buy - and after waiting all that time they won't want an "old" body style vehicle in their driveway. Now is when manufacturers will be coming out with all sorts of new stuff, to fill that "need" of the consumer that had been holding on to their dough.

As for the F-150 sales, ya I can see that. Those things always sell really well. Ford is smart, they make a huge range of options on them. So you can buy a ghetto cheap base model or a full jam crew cab with everything you can imagine in it. And they are a decent truck. Nothing spectacular, but not terrible either. And they are cheeeeeap if you want the base model, and odds are your neighbors won't know the difference between an XL and a Lariat when they see it.
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It's amazing how much of a difference a change in body style can make on the value and desirability of a vehicle.
I heard about someone who was going to buy a VW Beetle in 1967 and the salesman said "wait a week and you can get a '68". He waited a week and found he couldn't get a '67 any more.

(1967 is considered the most collectible year)

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