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SUVs lead U.S. auto sales growth despite efforts to improve fuel efficiency ('going green' sucks)
Washington Post ^ | 12/29/10 | Peter Whoriskey

Posted on 12/31/2010 11:59:40 PM PST by Libloather

SUVs lead U.S. auto sales growth despite efforts to improve fuel efficiency
By Peter Whoriskey
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 29, 2010; 10:01 PM

If U.S. consumers are in the midst of a green revolution, the news hasn't reached car buyers.

With the end of the recession, bigger vehicles have made a comeback, sales figures show, and it has come at the expense of smaller, more-efficient cars.

Leading the growth were sales of midsize sport-utility vehicles, which jumped 41 percent through the first 11 months of the year, led by vehicles such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Honda Pilot, each of which get about 18 miles per gallon.

Sales of small cars, by contrast, remained flat despite otherwise surging demand for automobiles. Sales of the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic declined, and even the fuel-sipping Toyota Prius, the hybrid darling of the eco-conscious, dropped 1.7 percent.

"You have about 5 percent of the market that is green and committed to fuel efficiency," said Mike Jackson, the chief executive of AutoNation, the largest auto retailer in the country. "But the other 95 percent will give up an extra 5 mpg in fuel economy for a better cup holder."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: auto; fuel; green; suv
Some good news - until gas hits $5 a gallon.
1 posted on 12/31/2010 11:59:46 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Yeah, no doubt. I’m glad I kept my Civic when we bought our SUV.


2 posted on 01/01/2011 12:04:24 AM PST by CommieCutter (A Centrist Democrat is now defined as: between Socialism and Communism.)
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To: Libloather
With the end of the recession

"the principle & which is quite true in itself & that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily."

The Washington Post doing their part in channeling Joseph Goebbels.
3 posted on 01/01/2011 12:22:24 AM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media. There are Wars and Rumors of War.)
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To: Libloather

You should check with Admin about how much of the WP you can quote. The scumbags have brought legal action against FR in the past. Please check.


4 posted on 01/01/2011 12:24:47 AM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media. There are Wars and Rumors of War.)
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To: Libloather

Yeah, but this is the liberal version of “legislating morality” - and yup, hey look, it backfired. Imagine that.


5 posted on 01/01/2011 1:41:21 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: PA Engineer

Yeah, they had to slip that in there. Recession isn’t nearly over.


6 posted on 01/01/2011 1:42:33 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Libloather

Americans like big and roomy cars. Screw the gas mileage. Versatility and comfort come first for families.

The SUV remains king of the road no matter how much liberals demonize it.


7 posted on 01/01/2011 5:06:45 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Americans like big and roomy cars. Screw the gas mileage. Versatility and comfort come first for families.

The SUV remains king of the road no matter how much liberals demonize it.


8 posted on 01/01/2011 5:07:14 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Americans like big and roomy cars. Screw the gas mileage. Versatility and comfort come first for families.

The SUV remains king of the road no matter how much liberals demonize it.


9 posted on 01/01/2011 5:07:14 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Americans like big and roomy cars. Screw the gas mileage. Versatility and comfort come first for families.

The SUV remains king of the road no matter how much liberals demonize it.


10 posted on 01/01/2011 5:07:26 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Americans like big and roomy cars. Screw the gas mileage. Versatility and comfort come first for families.

The SUV remains king of the road no matter how much liberals demonize it.


11 posted on 01/01/2011 5:07:26 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

Americans like big and roomy cars. Screw the gas mileage. Versatility and comfort come first for families.

The SUV remains king of the road no matter how much liberals demonize it.


12 posted on 01/01/2011 5:07:26 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather
The thing about SUVs is they make the owner/driver safer on the road. You can see further ahead and get surprised less often than in other, more fuel efficient vehicles.

When my girl friend road in her first SUV she was surprised at the visibility in almost all directions. She remarked how much safer she felt. Now she is looking at SUV type vehicles to replace her current car.

Gas price verses safety - which one do you thing the American motorist will purchase?

13 posted on 01/01/2011 6:27:19 AM PST by Nip (TANSTAAFL)
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To: PA Engineer

300 words or less than 50% of the original article.


14 posted on 01/01/2011 6:29:26 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Libloather

I recently bought a VW Jetta TDI. The mechanicals are wonderful. No complaints on economy (40-41mpg) or acceleration and handling. I bought the “sportwagen” for the ability to carry more. But if you’re over about 5’8” you can forget being comfortable. The ergonomics s@#k. The seat and every place you’d rest an arm are like marble. By far the worst aspect is that the Jetta, and every small car, now have a center console. This is like every car having running boards. It’s a fashion accessory. Apparently, if your car doesn’t have this console then it looks cheap. The leg and foot room is already tiny. I have relatives with 15-17 inch long feet. They couldn’t even operate the controls there is so little room. My feet are 12 inches in shoes and I have a hard time. With my feet down there I have about six inches of side to side room. If the console were not there (and it’s in every car now) they designers could have put the gas pedal further to the right.

I suspect the reason SUV’s are selling so well is, even if they have the dreaded fashion-statement console, they have more room and are therefore more comfortable. The most comfortable cars I’ve had were the old ones with upright seating. Man, if I could just get one of those with a diesel engine I’d be in heaven. Who wants to voluntarily fold up into a sardine can for a five hour drive?


15 posted on 01/01/2011 6:30:29 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather

Well... at my average height, my VW New Beetle is ergonomically perfect for long drives. I’m interested to see whether VW’s transitioning the car to the Jetta platform for 2012 will give it a more masculine look. I’m a guy and I know its tagged a “chick car” but I don’t care. Besides a car that smiles back at me is good for my mood.


16 posted on 01/01/2011 6:35:04 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Gen.Blather

Hope you didn’t buy the automatic.

Also, the ‘old’ cars with diesel engines are either Mercedes... or they’re crap. (See: GM 350 diesel.)


17 posted on 01/01/2011 7:04:33 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Libloather
I went green in June. Purchased a Mini Cooper (non-turbo). It would slow down going over a cliff, but I get 33 mpg average while commuting in traffic 60 miles per day. That's 450 miles per tank. Beats the hell out of the GTO which used 93 octane and averaged 280 miles per tank.

The best thing is the car is fun in traffic and the price tag was less than 18k.

18 posted on 01/01/2011 7:09:51 AM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Spktyr

Actually, the DSG automatic is spectacular. The DSG is the reason I bought new rather than used. It only came out in the middle of ‘09. The DSG has two clutches. When you’re accelerating the unengaged clutch transitions to the next gear and the opposite happens when you decelerate. The acceleration is seamless and, once you’re past the first to second transition, you can’t tell it’s switching gears. Also, there’s a computer that uses engine breaking the same way I would with a clutch.

I looked at old Mercedes, as I had a 220D and loved it. But they were all either too old or out of my price range. The VW was $28,800 for a new car. I’m 56 and I’ve never had a new car before. I’m just sorry I had to get it when we’re in the middle of this center-console fetish. (Oh, and some plush would be nice. I carry a variety of pillows.)


19 posted on 01/01/2011 7:14:39 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather

I forget if the DSG has the same transmission cooler design as the older automatics, but I do know that the last conventional-auto TDI Jetta had the same wretched cooler design they’ve used for years.

They put the transmission cooler in the radiator assembly in such a way that the only thing separating transmission fluid from the coolant is a little sub-$1 O-ring. Guess what happens when the car ages a bit and the O-ring starts to decay and shrink.


20 posted on 01/01/2011 7:19:42 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Gen.Blather

Also: For about the same price you could have had a slightly-used but certified Mercedes E320 CDI. :P

Not happy about VW after the TDI Golf I was in conked out of the middle of nowhere in West Texas. In the height of the summer. Had to walk out to get a cell signal and shelter. That’s how I know about their idiot cooler design.


21 posted on 01/01/2011 7:24:07 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: goldstategop
Americans like big and roomy cars. Screw the gas mileage. Versatility and comfort come first for families. The SUV remains king of the road no matter how much liberals demonize it.

Seriously, FR needs to hire a web developer who can detect when a poster hits the "Submit" button before screen refresh and prevent duplicate posts.

Take up a special collection. I'll donate.

22 posted on 01/01/2011 7:26:28 AM PST by cicero2k
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A new SEXTUPLE posting record on New Years Day! I am impressed!


23 posted on 01/01/2011 7:36:58 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: thackney

Thanks for the info.


24 posted on 01/01/2011 1:04:45 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media. There are Wars and Rumors of War.)
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To: PA Engineer

I should have added, whichever is smaller rules.


25 posted on 01/01/2011 2:58:25 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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