A look at factory installed equipment trend data casts additional light on the movement to make trucks more car-like, with such comfort/convenient items as power accessories, reclining seats, upscale sound systems and keyless entry all enjoying marked gains in the '98 model year (see insert, pp.3-6). A final tally of '98 model installation rates also shows manual transmissions are continuing to fall out of favor with light truck buyers. Five-speed manual penetration dipped to 12.9% in '98, ...

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