pickup truck http://michiganradio.org en SUV and pickup sales are on the rise, but how long will the 'Ron Burgundy' bump last? http://michiganradio.org/post/suv-and-pickup-sales-are-rise-how-long-will-ron-burgundy-bump-last <p>As every driver is happy to note, gas prices are down. Today you can find gas prices close to, and even under, $3 a gallon.</p><p>And just on cue, American are buying pickups and SUVs at rate that hasn’t been seen since the Great Recession began.</p><p>Believe it or not, some of that seems to be due to one man — Anchorman Ron Burgundy.</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzfVT6j_1dY">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzfVT6j_1dY</a></p><p>During the baseball playoffs and the World Series, Dodge released commercials with Will Ferrell reprising his Ron Burgundy character. Sales of the 2014 Dodge Durango jumped 58.5 percent as those commercials hit our TV screens.</p><p>But haven't we done this before — Americans fall in love with SUVs and pickups, only to have gas prices leapfrog back up, leaving us pining for small, fuel-efficient cars?</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:18:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 15243 at http://michiganradio.org SUV and pickup sales are on the rise, but how long will the 'Ron Burgundy' bump last? Why automakers' claims of 'my truck pulls more than your truck' here to stay, for awhile at least http://michiganradio.org/post/why-automakers-claims-my-truck-pulls-more-your-truck-here-stay-awhile-least <p>U.S. automakers have finally agreed on a uniform standard to determine the towing capacity of a pickup truck, veteran&nbsp;auto journalist Bill Visnic&nbsp;tells us in his <a href="http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/features/no-go-for-standardized-tow-ratings.html">article</a>&nbsp;in Edmunds.com.</p><p>Except, now that they've created it, automakers are backing away from actually using it.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 20:09:30 +0000 Tracy Samilton 12714 at http://michiganradio.org Why automakers' claims of 'my truck pulls more than your truck' here to stay, for awhile at least