Driving smaller

Friday, April 15, 2011 - 10:47pm

Gas prices are frustrating everyone, and they may now begin affecting our choices in vehicles.
With Gas hitting 4-dollars in some parts of the country, are car buyers beginning to shop for economy?
In March, the national sales reflect what’s happening in East Texas.
For GM, their two best sellers were the Silverado pickup and the new Cruze compact.
Ford’s top vehicles were the Mid-sized Fusion, the new Focus, and of course, the popular F-150 pickup.
But economical imports, especially from Korea, are setting new records.
Hyundai set an all-time record in March with sales up 41% over March of 20-10.
Mike Mclean of Allen Samuels Chrysler Hyundai says that the customer that needs a truck or a Jeep isn’t worried so much about economy,
But more and more buyers at his Hyundai store, are looking at the fuel economy figures on the window sticker, as much as the bottom line.
And it looks like, at least in our neck of the woods, car buyers will continue to be a little Jekyll and Hyde.
They like the big trucks, and they like saving on gas.
Either way, dealers are having a great year.

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