Right now, carmakers say they would be able to sell only their smallest, most fuel-efficient cars — models like the Toyota Prius, a hybrid whose sales have fallen sharply since gas prices began dropping last fall — because once-popular vehicles like pickup trucks made by Ford and G.M. are not efficient enough.
“I want clean air and clean water just like the next guy,” said Erich Merkle, an independent automotive analyst in Grand Rapids, Mich. “But in the real world, there would be consumer outrage with the fact that they’re limited to maybe two vehicles and there’s nothing there that would meet their family’s needs.”
You want to see "consumer outrage?" I'm outraged that these asswipes are getting billions in bailout money and don't seem to be willing to stretch an inch. These low fuel prices aren't going to hang around indefinitely. Eventually we'll be right back where we were in the summer of 2008. But whatever. I've completely lost my sympathy.
Just yesterday, another 75,000 people probably aren't going to buy a Tahoe, Suburban, Escalade, or Prius. So, chew on that, Detroit.