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Ford to end almost all US car sales, focusing on SUVs and trucks (arstechnica.com)
28 points by artsandsci 9 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 7 comments

Many manufacturers only sell small cars as a way to get average fleet emissions numbers within complaince. If they can do that with bigger more profitable vehicles instead, this makes sense.

This is a duplicate of https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16926050 from yesterday.

Interesting move. I think they see the writing on the wall for the car indicating a commoditized future of self-driving cars as a service and therefore the meat of the consumer facing auto business will be in vehicles used for recreation and utility.

That may have something to do with it. But it just reminded me that U.S. drivers prefer trucks and SUVs, https://www.npr.org/2016/05/09/477301486/why-americans-are-b... --- which is another reason I feel so out of step with American tastes. Even the Civic to me is a boat. Just give me my MGB.

If that is the case, and I’m not saying it is or isn’t, then why wouldn’t Ford say that?

This news rhymes a bit with events from the mid-2000s.

That said, I can see a future where most "full-line" automakers have 1 or 2 economy car models (e.g. Toyota Yaris and Corolla), a couple of crossover SUVs to occupy the mid-range, and a pickup / full-size SUV.

I don't see Toyota ridding itself of the Camry for now, or BMW trashing its 5-series.

People who have reached a certain age probably find getting into and out of crossover SUVs easier because the ride height doesn't require as much bending and lifting oneself.

In my case, a Honda CR-V is much easier to use than a Mazda 3.

Maybe cars actually are on the way out, but I am reminded of a quote. I can't find the original, but it went something like this...

Executive: "Think about how much we'd save if we close a few factories!"

CEO: (with sarcasm) "Think how much we'd save if we close all the factories!"

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