TUNDRA SURGING

Australians are buying cars – especially big, powerful cars – in record numbers. Similar deal in the US:

Thought sales of big, expensive SUVs and pickups were on life support? It would seem that reports of their death have been greatly exaggerated as sales for some of the largest, thirstiest luxury models, including the Cadillac Escalade ESV, Mercedes-Benz GL, and Toyota Tundra have shown a surprising resurgence …

In fact, sales of most big, luxury sport-utility vehicles are up this year, like the Range Rover, along with several large (and expensive) SUVs from nonluxury brands, like the Chevrolet Suburban.

As the song went, back in the day: “I don’t know what the world may need, but a V8 engine’s a good start for me.”

UPDATE. “Well I’m doing my bit,” writes Sensible Swim. “A family member was about to make the rash decision of purchasing a new V6 ML Merc SUV. I talked sense into him just in time. He’s now getting the 382 horsepower V8 version.”

Posted by Tim B. on 12/29/2007 at 11:44 AM
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