By Paul Schmitt
Car buyers are choosing roomier rides over smaller and more economical vehicles. According to Cox Automotive, passenger cars dropped below 30 percent of the market in August for the first time ever. Locally, Jim Olson, who owns three car dealerships in Sturgeon Bay, says the trend of buying Sports Utility Vehicles has more than made up for the decrease in sedan sales.
Olson says many auto manufacturers are discontinuing smaller models and replacing them with smaller SUVs. He says the SUVs are a little more profitable and is what people are looking for when it comes to roominess and functionality. As far as overall sales nationally this year, Olson says car sales may be down slightly from projections but will probably come close to the record $17 million in sales reported nationally the past three years.