Posted: 05/25/07 10:49 AM
Despite soaring gas prices, sales are rising here and across the nation. How do they survive?
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa - Even as gas prices continue to rise — now passing the $3 mark — sport-utility vehicles remain popular.
Customers, both here and across the country, seem to be shrugging off the high petrol costs as they decide what to buy.
"If somebody wants an SUV, they're still going to get an SUV," said Mike Groff, sales manager at Keller Bros. Ford in Lititz, reporting that his sales of SUVs have increased recently.
"I don't think (gas mileage) is the ultimate deciding factor," he said.
National sales figures for sport-utility vehicles show that after a two-year slump, sales are up over 2006 totals — in some cases, way up.
The numbers for SUVs rose nearly 6 percent in the first quarter of 2007 compared to the same period in 2006, and April's figures were up 25 percent over April of a year ago, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report this week. The figures were based on automakers' statistics provided by Edmunds.com, an automotive research Web site.
Posted: 05/25/07 05:20 PM
People still need their SUVs. Plain and simple.