North American production of light vehicles for the U.S. market in model year '04 showed that American consumers still had an affinity for vehicles with large-displacement engines, continuing a trend that took off during the 1990s thanks to booming demand for SUVs and large pickups. This despite rising fuel prices that analysts expected to remain high for some time. Production of '04-model vehicles for the U.S. market totaled 13,944,573 units, a record 60% of them light trucks. Some 44.3% ...

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