Is it any surprise that more trucks are being purchased? All the actions Obama has made thus far have benefited trucks sales.
CAFE regulations are threatening the existence of bigger, powerful trucks. People who want one cheap need to buy now or sacrifice for the more fuel efficient ones, which may not be up to their standards.
Now cash for clunkers targets a very specific group of people- those with older cars or trucks who have the means to buy a new car. Most people driving older cars on a daily basis do not have the means right now to buy a new car. But IMHO, I think a lot of these clunkers being traded in are auxiliary vehicles, not being driven daily. People are deciding to ditch the old 350 and trade in for a new 150- perhaps an improvement, but not by that much. Whats more, with gas prices still reasonable, I think these trucks will become the new daily drivers, replacing that mid-age civic that previously held the spot.