Last month, pickup truck sales rose an astounding 18%, fueling rumors that car makers will be introducing new versions of their pickup trucks. They're counting on the steady uptick in construction and low interest rates to keep sales increasing.

NPR recently relased a story on the effect new construction has on the auto industry.

"While all U.S. auto companies are showing increases in car sales, it's a rebound in pickup trucks and real estate that really gets Detroit car executives excited.

"Each of the carmakers is poised to capture any uptick in new housing construction. Ram just released a new truck, General Motors is coming out with two of them, and Ford executives are winking about something big in the works. Gutierrez says even the small housing gains can mean big money, truck-wise."

In November, Fleet Owner released its 2013 Truck & Van Preview. You can browse the models here. Let us know in the comments if you're planning on purchasing a new vehicle and what features you'd like to see in the new models.