The last time a car rather than a light truck was America's top-selling vehicle, you still could buy a new Sterling 827 or Peugeot Mi16. Nirvana's "Nevermind" was the No. 1 album in the land, and a gallon of regular gasoline cost $1.08.
That was back in October 1991. But when May sales figures are released today, a sedan again may be at the top of the charts. The car? Toyota's Camry, of course.
Ford's F-series truck has been the sales leader in America since George H.W. Bush was president. But Ford's big pickup has been withering in the face of soaring fuel prices, the collapse in home sales and the fact that a redesigned version will debut this fall.
The gap between the F series and Camry has been shrinking gradually. In April 2007, the big pickup outsold the Camry by almost 19,000 units. In March of this year, the F series led by about 14,000 units. Then in April, the Camry took a huge bite out of the truck's advantage. The F series posted sales of 44,813 to the Camry's 40,016. Industry watchers say sales of big pickups took another plunge in May.
By the way, the last passenger car to hold the top sales spot wasn't the Camry or the once-dominant Ford Taurus. It was the Honda Accord.