Earlier this year the Canadian government introduced an array of new taxes and rebates that were intended to promote sales of more efficient vehicles. As usual the politicians left a loophole big enough to drive a pickup truck through. In a move probably targeted at business users, the Canadian rules exempted pickup trucks from the new gas-guzzler taxes. The obvious result was that in a reverse of a several year trend pickup truck sales have jumped by eighteen percent since the new taxes went into effect while SUV sales have dropped by a similar amount. With four door crew cab pickups being widely available now, such trucks pose less of a penalty in utility compared to standard models.
[Source: PickupTruck.com, thanks to Mike for the tip]