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America's love affair with trucks is about to hit the record books.
We used to crave cars, and weren't so passionate about pickups. Back in the 1960s, Detroit sold a whopping 8.5 million cars for every 1 million light trucks.
But check your rearview mirror today, and you can see a change. Annual sales of light trucks are at the 7 million mark and could soon surpass cars for the first time in history.
Curious, given the fact that 100 years ago people had a hard time figuring out what the point of a truck was.
In 1898, the Winton Motor Carriage Company produced the first American truck, a gas-powered delivery wagon. But 12 years later, there were only 11,000 trucks on the road, compared to 450,000 cars.
One reason was that business people couldn't see the advantage. A truck was often more expensive to operate than a horse-drawn wagon. Several dairies in New York City found that trucks were inferior for home milk delivery because the ordinary milk horse was a well-trained and...