The Car Connection reports that sales of crossover vehicles, of which there are 41 models on the market today, have increased from 541,000 in 2000 (when there were 14 crossover models) to 2.24 million this year. SUVs, on the other hand, have tanked from 2.978 million in 2000 to a projected 2.450 million for all of 2005.
SUVs are still in the lead, but analysts say that the lead will be short-lived. With all of the new car-based Ford and GM crossovers rolling out starting this January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the likes of the truck-based Ford Explorer and Chevy TrailBlazer will be given a run for their money. TCC attributes the shift in consumer preference to handling and fuel economy.

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