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Full-Size Pickup Sales Help Keep U.S. Auto Industry Afloat
The COVID-19 pandemic had a huge negative effect on U.S. auto sales in the second quarter, but full-size pickups continue to move. Automotive Newsreports that while U.S. new vehicle sales decreased by a third last quarter, full-size pickups became the most popular segment in the country, beating out compact crossovers. “Even when the vehicle market goes completely sideways, the truck market stays straight and true,” Karl Brauer, Kelly Blue Book Executive Editor told Automotive News. Mid-size pickups are doing well, contributing to this amazing statistic—one in every four non-luxury brand U.S. auto sale in Q2 was a pickup of some sort.
Pickup sales were down in Q2, but not down as much as in other