Seems the good people over at AutoBlogGreen.com have found an AP article about the increase in small cars on the road today. The article states that sales of small cars is up 43% in the first 7 months of this year, and Jim Sanfilippo, senior industry analyst for Bloomfield Hills-based Automotive Marketing Consultants Inc said “I don’t think there’s a segment that’s come to life quite so quickly and robustly”.
This really does not come as a surprise to me, as people are getting quite upset over paying $3.00+ for a gallon of gas. And honestly, I hope gas prices continue to go up, even if just slightly, as it should change the way people look at their transportation needs. My wife and I both drive small cars…we dont need anything bigger, as we just commute in them. Gas is cheap in this country compared to the rest of the world, and Americans are just now starting to feel the pain at the pump that the rest of the world has been feeling for a very long time. Plus, the safety issues that have plagued small cars has been remedied, with most cars on the road being very safe….as long as you dont get T-boned by an SUV.
The fact is that smaller cars save money on gas, insurance, monthly payment and road maintenance. Now if we could just convince more people to get into them, we would all be better off. I am not saying we all need to drive 2 seater cars; but imagine driving down the freeway knowing you are saving money, using less oil, creating less pollution. In my mind, its well worth the price of not being able to cook dinner, watch television, or work on your computer in your mobile living room.
You can check out the rest of the article at AutoBlogGreen , along with all their other stories on being more “green” with our automobiles.