Is the U.S. marketplace nearing a critical mix shift in the wake of 2010’s light-truck sales surge? Light trucks outsold cars for the first time since 2007, claiming 51.2% of the market, according to Ward’sdata. But the most popular light trucks owe much of their appeal to cars. Cross/utility vehicles, which are built on car platforms and boast car-like ride and handling and fuel-economy benefits, topped all light-truck segments with 2.8 million deliveries – 47.9% of all light-trucks ...

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