Monday, June 19, 2006

Clarification please...

Is there something truly wrong when the US classes some of the biggest passengers vehicles on roads as 'midsize'?
Detroit's Midsize SUV Problem

It's not just the mammoth SUVs that are suffering. The once-powerful midsize segment is also dwindling as gas prices rise and boomers age

In the 1990s, NASCAR dads and soccer moms ditched their minivans for hauling kids and groceries and flocked instead to mid-sized, truck-based sport utility vehicles such as the mega-selling Ford Explorer and Chevy Trailblazer. That was great for Ford (F) and General Motors (GM), who minted money to the tune of $6,000 to $10,000 of profit per vehicle depending on incentive.

Excuse me? A Ford Explorer is a midsize SUV? No wonder the US needs as much oil as they can get their invading hands on.

1 comment:

James said...

Actually yes it is "midsized" by their standards... Especially when you consider that there is the Expedition and Excursion above it. I had the "pleasure" of riding in the back seat of a Chevy Trailblazer just this afternoon and for something that big it has about as much room in the back as a 1995 Subaru Liberty (or perhaps just a little less)... quite disappointing...

In other news I witnessed an Explorer aquaplane, hit some armco (twice) and slide across a median in heavy rain without rolling over on Friday afternoon in Florida... I was so shocked that I stopped to see if the driver and passenger were ok. As it happened they were, just a little shaken from the double impacts, airbags deploying and wild ride... I can only hypothesize that the reason for the lack of a roll was the Hungarian national driving who other than failing to see the puddle that caused the spin controlled the outcome remarkably well :)