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Mike Marlow wrote:


Just saying it wouldn't surprise me that they offer more vehicles that get 30 mpg than anyone else but sell very few of those. GM is a truck company.
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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 truck company.
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Mike Marlow wrote:

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 company.
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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 world.
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

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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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