U.S. Car Sales strongest since 2008 According to Transport Topics, U.S. sales of cars and light trucks rose 13% in March to cap the best quarterly pace since first quarter 2008. New vehicle deliveries rose to an adjusted 14.4 million SAAR rate. Because of current fuel prices, most manufacturers have seen an increase in small car and sedan sales. While transportation equipment capacity continues to be a hot topic of discussion, Cottrell will continue to meet your equipment needs. Our Expertise is Your Advantage on the Road.