In response, get rid of CAFE and encourage the manufacture and sale of US-proportion vehicles.
Less EcoBoost compacts and Transits, more Crown Vics, E-series vans, and full-power Mustangs.
You forgot the great, versatile STATION WAGON!!!
The oversize, bulky SUV is so popular because it basically has become the substitute for my old Custom Cruiser wagon.
With the rear seat down, you could drop a 4X8 sheet into a vast storage/freight space. The kids could be put to bed in the back, and often were.
Now it is the SUV that will carry all the stuff, and have room for the bags of groceries and sporting stuff.
I miss my wagon.
A funny thing about CAFE, it caused both the demise of the classic US station wagon and the creation of the SUV and mini van. The fuel standards applied to cars (station wagons), but exempted trucks (SUV’s and mini vans.) But what didn’t change was the average gross vehicle weight of the vehicles that Americans purchased. Families wanted large capacity, heavy and safe vehicles. Who knew?
How about Eco-Boost V8’s, they would be fun.