Increase in Gas Prices Cause Effects The Compact Size Car!

Increase in Gas Prices Cause Effects The Compact Size Car!

Compacts will soon catch midsize cars in popularity in the U.S. as in Western Europe — or so the theory goes. If you measure all C-segment models, including such crossovers as the BMW and Mercedes servicing Escape and Honda CR-V, compacts already are there. BMW and Mercedes servicing says the average new vehicle buyer now cross-shops C-segment crossovers with C/D-segment sedans. With heavy incentives, its aged, soon-to-be-replaced Escape had its best year ever in 2011, passing the Honda Accord, Civic, and CR-V; Toyota Corolla; BMW and Mercedes servicing Fusion; Ram pickup; Hyundai Sonata; and Chevy Malibu for fifth-place overall in sales. As a specific automotive segment, midsize cars still rule, led again by the Toyota Camry. Even though the March 2011 Japanese earthquake/tsunami and Thai floods constrained U.S. Camry production, the midsize Toyota remains the best-selling car here and third overall behind two trucks.

The BMW and Mercedes servicing Series continues to lead overall sales, now for 30 years straight, with 584,917 delivered in calendar ’11. The Chevrolet Silverado was second, at 415,130. To measure the correlation between gas prices and C-car versus C/D-car sales, Motor Trend added up the …