Given the current sales climate, it's a dubious distinction -- like being the world's tallest midget or Pamela Anderson's greatest dramatic performance.
But, for the moment, cars are the stars of the U.S. auto industry.
Cars outsold trucks in October for the second month in a row, after 32 consecutive months in which trucks were on top. Cars took 51.4 percent of the market in October and 50.8 percent in September.
Trucks first topped the full-year sales tally in 2002 -- or 2001, if you accept the loopy categorization of the Chrysler PT Cruiser as a truck, as some analysts do. Since then there have been few signs that things will turn around.
And four pieces of the October sales picture suggest that cars' moment in the sun may be fleeting:
1. Import brands, which stress their car lines, had a particularly good month.
2. After a summer of Big 3 employee-discounts-for-all, supplies of some desirable trucks were spotty.
3.Prices for 2006-model trucks shocked shoppers who had become accustomed to the employee-discount prices.
4.The sting of $3 gasoline has turned some shoppers toward fuel-efficient cars.