Sunday, June 22, 2008

Les Autos a L'Avenir?

Our Cars of the Near Future?
A couple of summers ago we took a trip to Canada. Local car dealers had a display of new vehicles at this street fair in Trois Rivieres, Quebec. The cars were well equipped, and some of them seemed sporty enough, but what struck us as odd (at the time) was that they were all so small!
After thinking about it, and filling up our rented gas-guzzler at the Canadian pumps, it all became clear. Canadian fuel prices (and the tax on them) were much higher than back in the good old US of A. So they simply went to smaller cars. There is apparently a certain je ne sais quoi in the post World War II American psyche that likes, expects, and demands big cars. But it looks as if that sixty year love affair is just about over. At least for the foreseeable future....


Anonymous said...

Yeah. We were there about three years ago, and the way it worked out, with the liters and Canadian dollar, it was about $4 per gallon back then.

Concerned Neighbor said...

I think we are going to be quicker to adapt than some people think. I see a lot of new Chevy Cobalts and the like on the road all of a sudden. jm