Anyone could just look around the parking lots of even lower middle class apartments complexes. There would be no cars. Instead there were - and are - pickups, SUVs, and cross-overs.
Yes, the American car had died.
No one seemed to care.
Somehow, those struggling financially could pony up the down payment and the monthly nut for those more expensive vehicles.
And the creep upward of gas prices is being ignored.
Ford will eventually phase out car production except for two models: the Mustang and Focus.
At its historic Lordstown facility, last year GM ended the third shift. The plant manufactures the Cruze, a sedan. More recently it indicated it will also end the second shift.
What the future holds for that particular plant, of course, has the region wide-eyed with economic terror. The only salvation would be if GM decides to put a SUV production line in Lordstown.
Soon enough the car, such as the Cruze, will become one of the "classics" Mark Misercola aka "car nut" collects and writes about. Here is his post on those motorcars associated with Old Hollywood. Misercola's day job is corporate communications.
In a sense this era of The Big Vehicle returns us Baby Boomers to our youth.
Back then, there were no small cars. My father's first was a boxy Buick. The whole extended family fit in.
Eventually he and his fellow Italian immigrant buddies landed good enough jobs to move on up to the Cadillac. That, not the purchase of a single-family house, was their version of the American Dream.
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