The powerful combination of cheap gas prices and strengthening consumer confidence are driving Americans to buy trucks, SUVs and crossovers at their fastest pace in years.
In some cases, sales of these vehicles are running at record rates.
"There's no question about it. The price of gasoline determines the type of vehicle customers buy," said Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation, the country's largest auto dealership chain. "They determine that on the price of gasoline at the moment they buy, not what they think the price is going to be [in the future]."