00-ford-excursion.jpgAs we mentioned last week, we Americans are doing what we can to get out of those huge gas guzzling SUVs and into smaller, more fuel effecient cars. This from Boston.com

>The sale of new SUVs and pickup trucks has dropped precipitously in recent months amid soaring gas prices and a weakening economy: SUV sales for the month of April alone fell 32.3 percent from a year earlier and small car sales rose 18.6 percent. This fundamental shift comes against a backdrop of relentless gas increases, and growing concerns over the environment and US oil consumption, according to auto analysts and car dealers.

>”The SUV craze was a bubble and now it is bursting,” said George Hoffer, an economics professor at Virginia Commonwealth University whose research focuses on the automotive industry. “It’s an irrational vehicle. It’ll never come back.”

This is something that shouldn’t be news to any of you. But it is nice to see people realizing that they don’t need a huge vehicle for every day use.

>Jon McHugh, of Swampscott, is celebrating the last payment on his 2003 Acura MDX by putting the SUV up for sale. He had expected to drive it a year longer, but rising gas prices and growing economic uncertainty made him reconsider. Plus, McHugh recently reacquired a taste for the convenience of a smaller car. Whenever possible, he drives his wife’s new Civic Hybrid, which costs half as much as the Acura to gas up.

>”I don’t need this much space,” McHugh said of his SUV. “It just seems ridiculous.”

I would imagine that if you are in the market for a late model SUV, in about another month you’ll be able to pick one up for a song!

[ Frustrated Owners to to Unload their Guzzlers ] Boston.com