• May 24th 2006 at 12:01PM
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Check out this stat: one in every seven sales of the Ford F-150 goes to a Texan. According to this article from Bloomberg, which combines some good statistical research with anecdotal evidence culled from dealers in the trenches, that trend is beginning to change. With $3/gallon gas seemingly here for the long haul, big trucks and SUVs are spending 132 to 147 days on dealers lots since Katrina, which is up from an 89-day average early last year. Meanwhile, cars with above average fuel economy like the Toyota Prius, Honda Accord Hybrid, Civic Hybrid and the new Fit subcompact are flying off the lot according to the dealers who sell them. Of course, the one exception to the rule is GM's new family of large SUVs that includes the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon, both of which are selling briskly. Texans, however, are probably eager for the Tahoe Hybrid and its 25-percent increase in fuel efficiency to arrive in 2007.
[Source: Bloomberg]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Heeeeyyyyyy! I resemble that remark - speaking as a complete nutcase.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oil companies setting the price of oil. That's the stupidest thing I have heard in a while.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oh, here we go again. Mo-rons in the big-hat-small-penis state wishing my state, that financially CARRIES most of the rest of the country, to depart the lower 48. You know, I think we've found something we can agree on, we'll take our astronomical per capita GDP and form our own country. Let's see, we've got:
      - The 5th largest economy IN THE WORLD
      - We do this with 1/10th the population of the US as a whole
      - We produce 50% of the energy we need; more can be easily tapped IF we keep consumption at status quo
      - We have thriving technology sectors
      - We have a HUGE agricultural base (we can actually FEED ourselves)
      - We have everything there is, geographically (beaches, mountains, deserts, etc.)
      - Outstanding weather

      I'm at a loss for why we shouldn't do this. Good luck to the rest of you once you loose all our tax money that is funding your social programs!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Be sure to flush twice; it's a long way to Texas.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Texas, please become your own country and find out the hard way that you're somewhere between Romania and Botswana on the list of wealthy countries."

      California, please fall off into the Pacific Ocean.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Give Texas what they want, make them there own country.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Peter -- What the Deuce?
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      Dear Texas and California:

      You both suck.
      • 9 Years Ago
      13: Thank you for prooving my point.
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      • 9 Years Ago
      "California, please fall off into the Pacific Ocean."

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      • 9 Years Ago
      "California, please fall off into the Pacific Ocean."
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      "Texas Tornado"

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