The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - — Ethan Mill­man, The Den­ver Post

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.

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