Chicago—January 11, 2005—The new vehicle introductions at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit are reflective of the state of gas prices, as analyzed by Cars.com's Vehicle Profiler Joe Wiesenfelder.
"The horsepower war among high-profile super-cars suggests total disregard for issues of fuel economy," says Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com's Vehicle Profiler. "But the effects of sustained high fuel prices are clear amid the focus on cars and lighter people movers, the conspicuous absence of monster SUVs and the spread of fuel-saving technology."
Several category introductions observed from the Detroit Auto Show support this theory, noted Wiesenfelder:
The Detroit introductions show that consumers may be seeing more fuel-efficient cars and less SUV's from manufacturers, making 2005 the return of the passenger car and what we used to call station wagons. In 2004, Cars.com saw a spike in the number of listings of SUVs for sale by consumers, which hinted that consumers might be seeking better cars for their gas dollar.
Consumers can post their used SUV for sale on Cars.com, and look for other fuel-efficient alternatives. For complete coverage from the Detroit Auto Show, car reviews from Joe Wiesenfelder and resources to find the right car for you, visit Cars.com.
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