Americans continue to preference light trucks over cars

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Americans adore their pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans—as prolonged as they trust they can means them, a new University of Michigan investigate confirms.

Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of a U-M Transportation Research Institute examined a attribute between relations sales of cars (passenger cars and stations wagons) and light trucks (pickup trucks, SUVs, vans) adult to 14,000 pounds sum automobile weight and 3 mercantile factors: disposable income, cost of gasoline and stagnation rate.

Perhaps not surprisingly, they found that from Jan 2007 to Dec 2016, any of these mercantile factors was a poignant predictor of a commission of automobile sales out of a sum total of automobile and light-truck sales.

“All of a effects were in a approaching directions: aloft disposable income was compared with reduce percentages of automobile sales, while both aloft gas prices and aloft stagnation rates were compared with aloft percentages of automobile sales,” pronounced Sivak, a investigate highbrow during UMTRI.

Sivak and Schoettle also distributed percentages of automobile sales for 36 probable destiny scenarios formed on opposite levels of disposable income per capita ($35,000, $40,000 and $45,000), prices of gas per gallon ($2, $3 and $4) and stagnation rates (3, 5, 7 and 9 percent). These predictions were subsequent by regulating a best-fitting retrogression indication for a 2007 by 2016 data.

Sivak pronounced that, overall, automobile sales surpassing 50 percent of all sales could be approaching for usually 6 of a 36 scenarios, when a lowest disposable income is sum with a top gas cost (regardless of a stagnation rate) and when a lowest disposable income, a median gas cost and top stagnation rates are combined.

Source: University of Michigan

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