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US: pickup truck sales soar, hybrids plummet


It’s very interesting to see how the US auto industry’s revival is once again supported by the segment that was going towards the grave according to many – the hulking full-size pickup trucks. Back in 2009 after the economic crisis chewed its way through the world’s economy, US automakers were shown the bill – build hybrids, kill trucks. They didn’t do ...
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