Did Anyone Else See That?

“The sales rate has been lower than we thought,” Mr. Leclair said in a telephone interview on Tuesday evening. “We think that is a continuation of a trend of changing consumer preferences away from traditional, truck-based S.U.V.’s toward more fuel-efficient models.”

Um, that’s from an exec at Ford this Tuesday at an earnings-lowering press conference. The part that kills me is the use of the word “think.” Do people still wear Izod shirts and parachute pants in Dearborn too? I mean, HELLO?! Ever hear of Toyota or Honda?

I really hope that this means we’re going to get some better quality, higher gas mileage CARS from U.S. manufacturers this year. I have never bought an import before but the way things are going, either the Big 3 will have to recover or I’ll just have to switch on my own.

Don’t get me wrong. If I could put an electric engine worth a crap in my Jeep Wrangler, I’d do it in a heartbeat. I originally got the Jeep because I wanted to learn a little more about combustion engines and how to repair my own. But at the rate I’m learning, the 2014 SpaceCarô will be on dealer lots and I’ll have just purchased the Chiltons Service Manual for my 04 Wrangler.