Tyler, TX (KYTX) -- Not long ago, Charlotte Robins was driving a 2010 diesel truck.
"The fuel cost was extremely high, and it was hard to get in and out of," Robins said.
She adds the $400 she spent every month on gas, ultimately convinced her to make a change.
"I love my car, I bought a Rogue. The gas mileage is wonderful," Robins said.
She's one of many flocking to dealerships over the past year.
"It's a great time to be in the car industry, I'm telling you," Jeff Nash, General Manager of Peltier Nissan in Tyler, said.
For his dealership, 2012 sales are up 18 percent over the year before.
"The credit market has opened up, the banks are lending the money, and incentives are better than they've ever been the past 3 years," Nash said.
Of course a big incentive to customers like Robins, is the new models that have improved fuel efficiency. "Every make and model, not just Nissan, has done the exact same thing," Nash said.
The car industry is striving to get to the $18 million sales mark. Research firm Polk believes sales hit $14.5 million in 2012, the best since 2007.