GM Announced that they, like Ford, are discontinuing several of their cars. USA Today said it was because “Americans are abandoning passenger cars in favor of crossovers, SUVs and pickups” This quote comes from Ford and GM stating that Americans (meaning people living in the US) are no longer buying cars. Ford and GM are heading towards only making Trucks, SUVs (including Crossovers), and Vans. But just because people are saying that Americans are no longer buying cars, doesn’t make it true.
Ford will continue to make the Mustang for sale in the US. Last I heard, that’s a car.
GM currently makes the following cars. I’ve slashed through those that they are abandoning (at least for sale in the US Market): Chevy Bolt (All Electric),
Chevy Cruze, Chevy Sonic, Chevy Spark, Chevy Volt, Buick Verano, Chevy Impala, Chevy Malibu, Buick Regal Sportback, Buick Regal Tourx, Buick LaCrosse (which is not a Crossover), Cadillac ATS, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XTS, Buick Cascada, Chevy Camaro, Chevy Corvette Stingray. So GM will continue to make several models of cars for sale in the US.
So, somebody must be buying cars in the US.
Autonxt lists the 25 best selling vehicles in America as of the end of June. Toyota Camry is at #7. Honda Civic #8. Toyota Corolla #9. That 3 in the top 10 – cars are still hot! Honda Accord at #12. Nissan Altima at #15. Nissan Sentra at #17. Hyundai Elantra at #22. And Ford Fusion at #25. Even though Ford Fusion is at #25, Ford will no longer make it for the US Market.
So, it’s true that American’s are still buying cars. Ford Fusion sold 80,000 in six months this year. So, they’re buying a lot of cars. But it’s also sadly true that Americans are buying many more much less fuel-efficient Trucks and SUVs.
I’m also not sure that I would lump Crossovers with SUVs rather than cars. But that’s a whole ’nother topic.
GM will still make the Chevy Bolt (at least until they build an electric SUV), so that’s good.
And what about Tesla? According to Cleantechnica, in the first two quarters of this year, the Model S (Sedan) was the best selling large luxury car in the US. The Model X (SUV) was the best selling large luxury SUV. Slightly more Model X were sold than Model S. Even though the Model S was the best selling large luxury car, it was a far cry from being the best selling car.
Then came the Model 3 (a smaller car than the Model S with a smaller price tag). Sales went through the roof! Cleantechnica reports that in July and August, the Model 3 became the 5th best selling car in America. Not bad for a little electric car. 1st through 4th place go to Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, and Toyota Corolla. This makes the Model 3 about the 10th best selling vehicle in America. Tesla is working on the Model Y which is a Crossover. And then they’ll make a pickup truck. However, all of Tesla’s vehicles are electric, so they’re all fuel efficient.
I don’t care what type of vehicles Americans are buying, so long as they’re buying fuel-efficient ones.
You can read more about Teslas and other Elecrtric Vehicles in my book Select Your Electric Car