LIGHT TRUCK SALES UP SHARPLY IN COLORADO IN 2017
Light-truck sales increased 8 percent during the first half of the year in Colorado, fueled by low gas prices and the state’s longstanding love affair with pickups and sport-utility vehicles.
Car sales were down 2 percent during January to June, compared to last year, but not enough to keep overall new vehicle registrations from climbing 5 percent, according to a report from the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association and Experian Automotive.
Used truck registrations were up even more, at 17 percent.
Overall, trucks, both new and used, outsold cars in sales by more than 67,000.
“I think that what this shows is that we just really love our trucks in Colorado,” said Tim Jackson, president of the dealer association.
With gas prices averaging $2.31 a gallon as of Wednesday afternoon, Colorado has moderate gas prices compared to the rest of the country. Typically, as prices get lower, sales for more gas-consuming vehicles like trucks and SUVs go up.
Jackson said the numbers reflect a strong Colorado auto industry that has managed to find success when a lot of the country has been facing declines.