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It wasn't all that long ago that Ford was temporarily idling plants that were building SUVs and shifting some over to smaller cars because of low demand for the gas guzzlers. Those days are apparently over, because Ford Americas president Mark Fields told Automotive News [sub. req.] that FoMoCo will increase production of full-sized SUVs. Details on timing and numbers were not released, but we do know that the Ford Expedition had only a 31-day supply in December as sales jumped 45 percent and the Lincoln Navigator was down to a 24-day supply with sales up 60 percent. Most automakers like to sit on a 60-day supply. Is the price of gas so steady (or considered low now) that SUVs are back in buyers' eyes? Guess so.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      -- Details and numbers are not provided -- so it says in the article. It just mentions stock levels.

      Could it be that production has been increased from 30 days supply to around 60, while the total numbers of vehicles produced / sold is still (much) lower than say in 2007?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This isn't surprising, Americans like big vehicles...I dont see that changing. Of course I'm talking about the majority...cause a lot of people so like their smaller efficient cars.

      I'm fine with both, I have a truck and a car, I dont haul anything with my truck, just use it as a solid winter vehicle. I know my dad plans on buying a 2011 Ford Expedition...but I'm not sure if you classify that as a bigger or smaller vehicle then his 4 door F-150...probably bigger. But people that can afford these bigger more expensive, can also afford the higher gas prices.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If person A drives a vehicle that gets 15 mpg 10 000 miles per year, and person B drives a vehicle that gets 30 mpg 30 000 miles per year, Who is doing more harm? Size isn't everything.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're comparing apples and post-modernism.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You think most SUV owners live near their work? Or that they leave the SUV in the driveway on weekdays, and only use it for towing their boats?
        • 5 Years Ago
        My point is that lifestyle choices play a bigger role than what you drive in determining how much fuel you use. If you choose to live an hour away from work and drive around for fun in your spare time you will use more fuel than if you live 10 minutes from work and drive mostly just to and from work. or even better use mass transit or a bicycle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They are just making vehicles that people want to buy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. Don't blame me when we hit 100 $ per barrel again.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what the EV community wants, right? How else are we going to convince everyone that they need an EV, unless oil/gas prices spike?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, frankly that's what I want.
        I buy about 100 gal/year.
        The higher the price is, the safer I feel on the roads, because people are driving less, driving slower, and driving smaller vehicles, and the more automakers put out cars that I'm interested in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Obviously it wasn't a good thing when every soccer mom in America was using a massive v8 expedition as a daily driver, but there is still a very strong market for these vehicles and they perform an important role. Look at the picture above. You can't pull that boat, or any large trailer for that matter, with a prius or electric car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great. More SUV sales + $3 gas and rising = more people complaining about how they can't fill up their vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The high profit SUV sales will subsidize the engineering and low-profit smaller cars and hybrids, just like they have been doing for decades.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Spare us monkey...I couldn't care less what they did it didn't do it with. What you fail to see is it is detrimental to everyone that they make and use these sort of vehicles. After 15 years of this crap you still don't get it do you.

      Continue to do it right? Do what right? They barely escaped by the skin of their teeth because of the crap they were selling. 2 out 3 automakers didn't make it without assistance because of our near sighted they were...and now you are proposing they go back to selling the crap that almost killed them? Where' the hell is the social responsibility in all this?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well Carney, I guess there's no question about fat Americans' patriotism - because all they can fit in are supersize American cars;

      "The Insight is “too small” and there isn’t enough room in the back seat for U.S. customers"

      Honda Executive Vice President Koichi Kondo explaining why Japan’s second- largest carmaker expects to miss its sales target for the Insight hybrid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Americans continue to buy SUVs because they are shamelessly self centered and the most obese people on the planet. It's all about huge, inefficient cars for hugely fat, selfish people. I cannot wait to see $10/gal gasoline, more bicycle paths and public transportation in this stupid, shortsighted "me first" country.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But if anyone questioned your patriotism, you'd hit the roof, right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, the economy is improving slightly, which would lead to increased car sales, but fuel prices are also rising rapidly. So, SUV sales might increase slightly, but they won't hit the peak they had before, and sales of high fuel economy cars will increase much more (Ford has been getting record sales on their hybrids). Also, the plug-in revolution has started, so we'll be seeing more plug-in car sales (EVs and PHEVs), and some of those plug-ins are going to be fast and roomy...
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