|Chevrolet Silverado setting the Guinness world record for the World’s Largest Flag |
Pulled by a Moving Vehicle Sept. 2016 (Photo: GM)
It has become increasingly apparent that America is a truck
society. The pickup truck has become and American symbol just like apple pie. We
can see it just by driving down the road. Trucks are everywhere; the way we
transport our goods, our work and even our families. With that in mind, the
design, production and sales of light trucks in the U.S. are a major
contribution to the U.S. economy.
Seventy percent of
freight travels by truck and nearly sixty percent of the light vehicles sold in
the U.S., so far this year, are classified as trucks. That would include
traditional pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs. Out of the 14.5 million vehicles
purchased in America so far this year, pickup trucks alone account for 15.2
Drivers appeal to trucks for the cargo space, versatility
and even stature while in traffic. Consumers may also find truck purchases more
justified now due to the current price of gasoline combined with the better fuel
economy for these larger vehicles. Whatever the reason, there has been a shift
in sales as well as the economy. Passenger car sales fell 15 percent in the
last month and truck sales rose 7 percent so far this year. Big brand automakers are cashing in on this
trend by amping up the truck and SUV production in the U.S. and moving the
passenger car manufacturing to Mexico and other markets.
According to the Center for Automotive Research, nearly 2 of
every 3 vehicles manufactured last year in the U.S., by all automakers in the
U.S. or abroad, were classified as light trucks. Also, more than 155,000 U.S.
workers are employed in the making of these trucks. In the states where most of
the vehicles are produced, truck building is a crucial element in their
economies. Additionally, light truck sales make up the foundation for the U.S.
auto industry by producing corporate profits used for funding the research and
development of all vehicle types.
No doubt about it, America loves their trucks. Pickup work
trucks are also more common, not only with smaller businesses, but with fleets
as well. At Fleetwest, we provide the economical work truck solutions for the
masses. Fleetwest offers both heavy duty steel and lightweight composite
models. All models are 100% transferable from one pickup truck body to another,
even fully loaded, in minutes. They universally fit most full size pickup
trucks, 8’ and 6.5’ beds, with a no holes drilled installation. That makes it
built to last multiple truck cycles and a huge ROI. That is fleet gold right
For more information, call a Fleetwest representative today
Luke Parrott Bill Butler
(480) 261-1058 (602) 736-3919
Toll-free in the U.S. at (866)497-7200