Gas prices are dropping, will SUV sales rise? October 06, 2006 8:03 AM
A gallop poll suggested 40% believe the price drop is politically motivated, either directly by the republicans or indirectly by the oil and gas industry which want republicans in office. Looks like the republicans have a rough future if their popularity is linked to gas prices (I wonder what the peak price will be in 3-4 years and where the rep. are in popularity polls?)
Another survey showed 42% of respondents would use the current gas pump savings to save up for future prices rises and another 27% said they would put it toward utilities expenses. Doesn't sould like they're saving up for a SUV this christmass.
Car manufactures do not respond to these short term fluctuations when deciding what type and how many cars to produce. They have already scheduled more hybrid cars and fuel efficenient car production.
Even with this sudden dramitic decline in oil prices the consumers normally short memory is showing signs of painfully memories of sky high prices and not changing their buying habits towards gas guzzlers.
So far the hybrid cars and fuel efficient cars future looks good even with this recent price drop. Some say they are expected to increase from 1% to 1.6% of total US sales in the next year, I'm betting they meet that target.
Paul Fezziwig, administrator of Green Cars Now http://www.greencarsnow.com , a website advocating hybrid cars and fuel efficiency
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