That's perceptions for you. GM is far from a truck company. They do sell a
ton of trucks, and always have, but their market share (declining as it has
been) has also been based on a large share of the car market. You don't
believe they'd build more 30 mpg cars than anyone else simply to not sell
them, do you? It would be ignorant of the marketplace to call GM just a
More than 50% of sales are of trucks. Of course they make cars but the
profit (none right now) was in the trucks and SUV's
GM makes next to nothing on the cars, that's why I said they are a truck
That may be your opinion but I believe if you do a search you will discover
GM sells more cars than any other in the US, they just don't have the same
name on the grill.
The Ford 'F' Series is the best selling brand in the US and has been for
over thirty years. They sell at a rate nearly double, or more, than the
best selling cars, but GM sells more trucks than Ford, but they too do not
all have the same brand name on the grill.
You are missing the point it appears. When it comes to trucks the majority
of the growth in Toyota sales, over the past ten years has been in the ever
lager, more powerful cars, luxury cars and trucks that most Americans want
to buy, not the small and midget cars that people buy in other parts of the
The fact remains the average American is not like the majority in other
countries, they can afford to buy and operate the vehicles they want to buy
and drive. Fuel costs alone are not the determining reason buyers buy what
they buy. The fast Americans are buying more gas at $3 a gallon than they
did at $1 a gallon. If Americans wanted to buy small and midget cars to
save a relative few hundred dollars a year on fuel, they would be buying
more of those small and midget cars that are available and not the big cars
and trucks they are buying, whether you agree or not is immaterial
Apparently you missed the point of the post, is not what is available but
what buyers choose to buy. GM does in fact offer more vehicles that get 30
MPG or more. More than any other manufacture, but American buyers prefer
larger safer cars. Albeit domestic or foreign. Americans apparently are
willing to pay a few hundred more for fuel annually to buy the vehicles they
prefer, the vast majority of which get 25 MPG or more. One need not buy a
small car to get decent fuel mileage
Hondas and Toyotas number one seller are not the ones they sell that get
their best mileage either. Their customers chose their large safer vehicles
as well. Every import brands current models are larger and more powerful
than they were five years ago. The current Civic and Corolla are as big, or
bigger, than the Accord and Camry ten years ago.
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