Sales of compact pickup trucks in the U.S. are up 2.1% for the first six months of 2005, according to Ward's data. Some 348,884 have been sold this year. It is not a great leap forward, as sales of the vehicles in the first six months of 2004 were down 9.3% over 2003 levels. Still, new models such as the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma have managed to stem some of the bleeding in the segment. Most notable this year is the sales increase of the General ...

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