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Feature   August 1, 2000   by Auto Service World

COVER STORY: Light Trucks Will Dominate Vehicle Fleet

Vehicle-on-the-road statistics prepared for Jobber News by DesRosiers show some interesting trends.

In 1989, light trucks represented about 23% of the 15 million vehicles on the road in Canada. By 1994, the percentage of light trucks in the fleet had increased to almost 30%, and by 1998, had risen to about 35% of the total.

In terms of the age of the Canadian fleet, of the vehicles on the road that are one year old, 46.5% of them are light trucks. When you look at five-year-old vehicles, then light truck percentage is about 38%. For 10 years old, the figure is about 32% and for 16 years old and older, the figure jumps to 38%. In view of the fact that 15 years ago, light trucks represented a much smaller percentage of the new vehicle fleet than they do now, trucks are apparently lasting longer than cars.

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