• Ed Posted: 6/4/2008 6:28pm PDT

    "It's the MPG, Stupid!"
    That is how people buy cars these days, they cannot afford to have anything else at the top of their decision criteria.
    That may explain why the Execrable FOCUS sold 32,000+ copies last may. it's its EPA 35 MPG highway that did it.
    Reliability is also important, but consumers will take a chance, since they will 100% have to pay for the gas, while the vehicle may or may not fail.
    Interiors and styling and performance are taking the back seat.
    (otherwise, Ford would have to DISCONTINUE the Focus!)

  • Ed Posted: 6/4/2008 3:36pm PDT

    The Civic can't be compared to the Vibe, the appropriate vehicle is the 4-door corolla sedan.
    The Civic did have an excellent small tall 4wd (!) 6-sp manual wagon in the 80s, my neighbor had one of these. They should bring back wagons both for the civic and the Accord, now that gas prices made people sober up and make the civic and the corolla the no. 1 and 2 US best selling vehicles. If they do, they could be selling 65,000 Civics and 55,000 corollas (that already include the Matrix=vibe).

  • Tom L Posted: 6/4/2008 2:22pm PDT

    wkile
    Agreed the Civic is the better financial choice but the Vibe comes with Stability control standard for 2009 where the Civic did not offer it standard for 2008 and more importantly my dog would be pissed riding in the trunk of the Civic.

  • HDFL Posted: 6/4/2008 10:51am PDT

    You state this "we're all destined to drive fuel-sippers from here on out" as though it were a bad thing. It is not. Unless car companies figure out a way to produce large vehicles that are fuel efficient and eco-friendly, this is the future. Small car have been quality cars for decades in much of Europe and elsewhere throughout the world. It's time we learn to appreciate this shift. It's also a consequence of globalization. Our choices will be more similar to those in other markets, and other markets will also benefit from efficiency gains in the US car industry.

  • Ed Posted: 6/4/2008 10:04am PDT

    I disagree, i was seeing the trend since January, and I noticed that in April the Camry surpassed the perennial number TWO, the Chevy Silverado, but to have the F-150 PLUMMET to FIFTH from FIRST place, right next month, is a HUGE, DRAMATIC change.
    And I am all for it. If it continues at least al summer, and hopefully into the fall, gas prices will have to go down considerably, as the DEMAND DESTRUCTION that the Greedy OPEC types was fearing is HERE.

  • wkile Posted: 6/4/2008 8:05am PDT

    So, we all knew this would happen as gas prices started their climb. Full size trucks will always have a place in our nation. People will always have to pull boats, horses, lumber, and many other things. What is going to happen is that the trucks are going to become a much smaller market (duh! right). The 4 cars that outsold the F series are all great cars, and they are very economical.
    Tom L, you mentioned that if you were buying a small car right now you would buy the Vibe. The funny thing is, one of my co-workers at the Pontiac dealership I work at, is looking at a new Vibe with the 1.8L and a Civic LX. All things considered, price, economy, equiment, and resale, the Civic really does represent a better value. The Vibe is a nice car, but the 1.8L is only rated at 31 mpg on the hiway with the 5 speed automatic....whereas the Civic is rated at 36 mpg....

  • Trojan Man Posted: 6/3/2008 11:27pm PDT

    Ford, GM and Chrysler bet all their chips on full size SUV's and trucks. They lost big. Time to make a 2am ATM run and hope to get lucky at another casino. We all know how this is going to end...

  • J-F Houle Posted: 6/3/2008 11:05pm PDT

    My father gave me his old popular mechanics magazines of the 50's. Time as changed. In one article, it says that american car industry can't be surpassed ! in that time, nobody was suspicious about the fact that Ford and GM send car to japan customers. We know now. Us car industry is thing of the past and soon it will be in history books.

  • Martin Posted: 6/3/2008 11:04pm PDT

    This is like the oil crisis of the 1970's all over again... This has been a long time coming! History DOES repeat itself for those who don't learn from the past. GM, Ford and Chrysler all gave up on 50% of the car market in favour of light trucks..... Who in their right mind would willingly give up 50% of a market. This is what short sightedness gets you.
    My favourite fuel sipper is my 2000 VW Golf TDI 4.4L/100km hwy 5.6L/100km city. I usually average 1000 km per tank. I would buy this car again in a heartbeat.

  • Tom L Posted: 6/3/2008 10:09pm PDT

    No suprise here. The Civic and the Corolla are the best options if you're looking for low-cost, reliable transport.
    If I were buying a new car right now my choice would be the Pontiac Vibe.