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October 2, 2012

Fuel Efficiency Great Reason for New ‘Wheels’


Americans are worried about the economy, but getting rid of that old gas guzzler and replacing it with something fuel efficient is a must for many.

Chrysler reports sales up 14% in August with heavy demand for Ram Trucks. GM up 10% on sales of the Cruze and other compacts.

With approx. 70% of the market reporting, the US auto industry is poised to show an annual sales rate of 14.5 million vehicles. Auto sales in 2009 were a mere 10.4 million vehicles.

I never thought about this one: GM and Ford executives have said that the improved housing sector could spur sales of pick-up trucks.

Filed under:Energy,Fuel cost,Fuel Economy,Gas price,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 5:47 pm | 

November 2, 2011

SUVs and Trucks Make a Come-back


Gas prices are getting a little more stable, and to consumers it looks like a good time to buy that truck or SUV. Sales of new autos up to an 8-month high in October, slightly over 13.2 million vehicles.

A big factor was sales of pick-up trucks at GM, Ford & Chrysler. Also SUV’s and cross-overs.

“There are a growing number of consumers for whom a new vehicle is becoming a necessity,” said Jessica Caldwell, an analyst with, an auto research Web site.

In 2007, the average age of our rides was 9.8 years. Now it’s up to 10.7 years.

btw the Chevy Volt, plug-in electric hybrid is hosing the competition, the all-electric Nissan Leaf.

Filed under:Energy,Fuel cost,Gas price,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 4:25 pm | 

August 22, 2011

Get Out Your Hankies


Take a look at this recent ad by Chevy.

Ya, ya, I know. Poor old truck’s been in the fam for years. Now is your chance to get some better gas mileage, and do your part to get the economy rolling. sniff sniff

Filed under:Fumes,Gas price,Price Shocks,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 3:19 pm | 

November 4, 2009

Chrysler Is Baaackk


Chrysler is back. With partner Fiat, it will be launching 21 vehicles between 2010 and 2014.

It’s got three new vehicles coming out in 2012 – a compact, sub-compact hatchback, and a sedan. And maybe a mid-size truck in 2011.

Ralph Gilles, head of the Dodge brand, said risk taking will be in evidence in its new crop of cars and trucks. “Every car that we have will have a soul,” he said.

With regard to quality concerns, the company is taking customer concerns to heart and doing a complete overhaul.

The company aims to double sales by 2014

Oh, and take a look at the new logo.

Filed under:Fuel Price Trends,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 7:01 pm | 

September 1, 2009

Cash For Clunkers, Winner or Loser?


Cash for Clunkers ended Aug. 24. US automaker Ford cashed in big time with its Focus and Escape. So did Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda. GM & Chrysler (not many gas-sippers available) were kinda left out.

But now what? Supplies are reduced, but automakers seem to think stability is coming. Production is increasing. Sales are improving. The worst seems to be over for all.

Filed under:Energy,Fuel Economy,Fuel Price Trends,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 7:55 pm |