And I spend a lot of time in front of the TV with my computer, looking up the cars. Know what? NONE of the small cars are available in the US. And I mean, small cars from people like VW and Toyota. Companies with extensive US operations. Check out the Toyota Aygo. Solid size, not bad power, apparently drives (corners) well, etc. 51 MPG. FIFTY ONE. Off normal, every day, gas. $11,000. Or the VW Fox (no relation to the old one sold in the US), similar performance, not that much power but it's a city car. 55 MPG. $9,000.
And this is why all automakers are stupid-heads. Several years ago, new CAFE standards are mooted, and changes start. Fuel prices start climbing, and so on. Yet no one (not US makers, not US operations of traditionally foreign companies) does /anything/ about it. The above could easily have been tweaked to meet DOT standards, and imported years ago. Chrysler is also called "Daimler Chrysler." They could have made a US-badged merc A-class (to avoid sullying the mercedes brand). What auto dealer would like to have cheap, efficient cars for sale right now? And that's before I wonder what happened to 30 years of crazy GM concepts, or a solid decade of Bill Ford's purported environmental consciousness. To quote Airplane. They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash.