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Trucks Triumph in 2014 as Cheap Fuel Frees U.S. Consumers: Cars

Fresh from a fifth year of growth in the U.S., carmakers are rolling into the new year with yet another sign of good fortune: Cheap fuel is gassing up truck sales.

Consumers bought more pickups, minivans and sport utility vehicles than cars in every month of 2014. That’s something Detroit’s carmakers and their rivals haven’t enjoyed since 2004 when a barrel of oil sold for less than $40. And the industry’s bonanza in the world’s most valuable market should continue.