I’m sure you have heard this already.
>G.M.â€™s chairman and chief executive, Rick Wagoner, said G.M. will cease production at four North American assembly plants that make S.U.V.â€™s and pickups by 2010.
>And in a humbling admission that the S.U.V. era is all but over, G.M., Detroitâ€™s leading automaker, said it was considering selling the gas-guzzling Hummer brand it once regarded as a pillar of future growth.
And Ford started their production cutting last month. Switching, like GM, to building more cars.
It used to be nothing outsold the Ford F150 pickup. During it’s peak they were selling close to 1M every year in the US. But, last month that changed. Not only the best selling car but the best selling _vehicle_ in the US was the Honda Accord.
>In March, the Honda Accord was not only the best-selling car in America it was also the best-selling vehicle. A car has ranked as the best-selling vehicle in monthly sales only five times in the last six years, according to Edmunds.com’s analysis. Four of those times, the Accord was tops; the Toyota Corolla ranked No. 1 once, in May 2007.
And, as reported yesterday, MINIUSA Sales are up over 50%. It finally looks like the day of the SUV has ended.
[ G.M. Shifts Focus to Small Cars ] Nytimes.com
[ Honda Accord is the Best Selling Vehicle in March ] Autoobserver.com