Pickups poised to make comeback

Analysts expect trucks to lead sales growth in 2013

Posted: May 4, 2013 at 3:15 a.m.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Co.’s president of the Americas, on Thursday announces Ford’s plan to add 2,000 workers to the Claycomo, Mo., plant where the F-150 pickup is assembled. A stronger economy helped truck sales rise 18 percent in the first quarter.

Big, burly pickups — dismissed as dinosaurs five years ago — are expected to lead the auto industry in sales growth this year, analysts said Friday.

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Business, Pages 27 on 05/04/2013