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Vehicle Sales Surge in U.S. as $4 Gas Makes Mileage Driver: Cars

As rising gasoline prices became a pain in the pocketbook this year, Matt German decided it was time to buy a new car. So he traded in his hot-rod Ford pickup for a Ford Focus compact car and cut his fuel bill in half.

“I went from paying $80 every time I filled up to paying less than $40 and getting just as much distance out of a tank,” said German, 23, of Rochester, New York. “As gas prices were going up, I figured it was time to get out of that truck.”