Sunday, October 09, 2005


One more from Green Car Congress makes a hat trick: Sales of Full-Size SUVs Crater in September

Combined sales of full-size SUVs dropped 43.5% in September from the year before. GM and Ford, the most dependent on SUV sales, were the hardest hit, with drops of 42.5% and 54.5% respectively.
One month doesn't mean much. But it runs deeper than that:
For the first 9 months of the year, sales of full-size SUVs are down 16.8% year-on-year.
The bad news about SUVs is that even if the new car buyers wise up, we will still have to endure a period when older, dilapidated SUVs become the "cheap wheels" on the roads. And they are likely to share the roads with much lighter, smaller vehicles.

Still, nice to see the gas guzzling, dangerous beasts turning into turkeys — or maybe white elephant is more apt.

too bad the New Yorker no longer runs those "block that metaphor" bloopers!

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