Jesse Toprak, an auto industry analyst for car-shopping Web site TrueCar.com, said "clearly, higher gas prices are an issue and the uncertainty over the economy" are reasons for the change in sales trends. Still, the sales decrease of trucks and SUVs stems from consumers' newfound fiscal conservatism."We see changed buyer behavior" in that the impulse buyer is gone, replaced by one seeking value, he said.
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