American automakers may be about to get burned by high fuel costs

I was talking to my neighbor yesterday and he told me he's getting ready to trade in his 9-mpg truck for a more economical car. He spends about $120 a week on gas as he commutes to work and he's had it. Turns out, he's not alone.

The Detroit Free Press had a story yesterday about a shift in consumer wants when it comes to fuel economy in their vehicles is leading to more people turning down trucks and SUVs in favor of fuel-efficient cars. The Free Press, always concerned with how the hometown companies will react to automotive trends, says this shift could hurt the Big Three and many autoworkers.

Consumer reports recently listed 23 vehicles it claims have good fuel economy. Detroit was responsible for just two of them, the Pontiac Vibe and the Ford Focus Wagon. The Freep even found a Detroit resident (pictured) whose grandfather worked for Henry Ford but was on the lot buying a Honda Civic because it had a good mileage rating and other top scores from Consumer Reports.

[Source: Detroit Free Press via Clean MPG]

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