Large vehicles, used cars drove 2010: Edmunds
he past year was marked by increased demand for larger vehicles and used cars, and automakers outside Japan scaled back incentives, car shopping website Edmunds.com said in its review of 2010 trends. Consumers were warmer to trucks and sport utility vehicles as gas prices remained stable. For 2010, Edmunds expects truck sales rose 15% and SUV sales 21%. Meanwhile, sales of mid-sized and compact cars are expected to be up 7.8% and 1.1%, respectively. Hybrid car sales are seen down 8.1%. Used cars were also more popular: Their average price was US$19,345 this month.