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Smaller car buying craze in America.

Since America is finally going into the smaller car market and apparently has slowed down SUV and big truck sales in the process. Does this mean that the more cars and types of models that are brought into America also brings down prices of other cars that once sold good but now sell bad because smaller cars are in higher demand leaving those bigger ones sitting around for a logner period of time. Also is this affecting the US in a negative , positive or neutral fashion?

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Re: Smaller car buying craze in America.

just to give you one answer reivaj...

1) Yes, it will probably lower the asking price for gaz guzzlers that were once in demand.
2) Nuetral, I think, as the US manufactures are much more willing to go with the trends and produce economical cars (which they already do), as opposed to the advantage the small japanese cars had in the 70's when we had the last big gas crunch.

I for one am annoyed at the recent trends toward larger and more wasteful vehicles. Does Wanda really need to drive herself 30 miles to work in an Expedition, Hummer or other fucking gas guzzler (holey you can hold your tongue! ) ? No!




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the smaller car fad is gonna go away, considering the gas mileage of fits and yarises is no better than that of civics and corollas. as soon as people wake up to that fact -- bam, no more fits and yarises. We really don't suffer from parking issues like the countries where the fits and yarises are popular.

Also, the large car segment is growing very rapidly, with all the people that used to own an SUV for no apparent reason switching to the large cars.

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interesting. well how much longer would it take till you would say the fad goes away

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There is really no reason most should drive a big SUV, other than to waste a finite resource!

There should be many many more smaller cars on american roads.
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You want to know wasteful? My soon to be aunt-in-law and uncle-in-law (my fiance's aunt and uncle) have to RENT A CAR to drive up to our wedding from Florida. They cannot afford the gas on the two Hummers they own to drive that far. Yes I said two hummers, and no I don't mean H2 or H3, I mean the full fricken sized hummers.

I mean it makes sense to rent a car. The milage on the car, plus time rented, and paying for gas might only be $150-200 for the trip...where as the gas alone on one of their hummers might be over $400 for the trip. They don't have a lot of money, but they spent probably over $100k on two hummers plus all the gas they guzzle...buying one would be dumb enough, but you think they would have maybe have bought one and bought a slightly smaller vehicle for their other car...like an expedition or something (or how bout a fricken small car!)

I feel so proud of that side of my soon to be family (her other uncle on that side is just as nuts. At least her Dad and her one other uncle on that side are relatively normal, responsible, and nice).

I hope high gas prices will stick around for a long time and actually influence Americans to begin buying more fuel efficient vehicles. You don't need to get rid of SUVs and trucks, just tend towards smaller ones and influence car manufacturers to focus more on making cars more fuel efficient rather then on making them larger and more luxiorious (more weight, less milage).
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When I was in England this year, I had to really search hard to find a large size car. I saw one or two SUV's during my stay. I did see the Yaris and Fit (they hadnt been released in the States yet) and lots of mini coopers. It was nice seeing only small cars (don't recall really seeing any passenger trucks, only delivery trucks). Their petrol prices make our gas prices look like nothing, so the need for a smaller more fuel efficient car is a must there. It should be here too, but too many people love their big gas guzlers.
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[quote author=FemGearHead link=topic=51539.msg827673#msg827673 date=1153143937]
When I was in England this year, I had to really search hard to find a large size car. I saw one or two SUV's during my stay. I did see the Yaris and Fit (they hadnt been released in the States yet) and lots of mini coopers. It was nice seeing only small cars (don't recall really seeing any passenger trucks, only delivery trucks). Their petrol prices make our gas prices look like nothing, so the need for a smaller more fuel efficient car is a must there. It should be here too, but too many people love their big gas guzlers.
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Yeah that is actually a decent sized part of the reason why I want to move to London/England. I saw a few SUVs, but most were small and a few mid sized ones. 0 hummers and I don't think I saw anything larger then a jeep cherokee or BMW x3 the entire time I was there.
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[quote author=azazel1024 link=topic=51539.msg828206#msg828206 date=1153157501]
Yeah that is actually a decent sized part of the reason why I want to move to London/England. I saw a few SUVs, but most were small and a few mid sized ones. 0 hummers and I don't think I saw anything larger then a jeep cherokee or BMW x3 the entire time I was there.
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The countryside is great over there, but London is full of wankers. Just an opinion.

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