Originally Posted by swizzle
Why does no one in the Ford family say "What in hell??"
What baffles me is EVERY time there is a swing in consumer tastes, people predict the end of sedans. It happened w/ the station wagon, it happened with the minivan, it happened w/ SUV's and now it's happening w/ CUV's.
Killing a segment that is ultimately the underpinnings of today's CUV's astonishes me - and is a spectacular example of two dimensional thinking.
As someone above said (might even have been you Swiz); not everyone wants extra weight, decreased fuel economy, increased height and marginalized handling that comes with all of that; myself included.
I remember when I went from a CX7 to an Optima Hybrid - my friends were saying I'd HATE it; quite the opposite. I remembered why I loved sedans. Ironically, my two closest friends (who were saying I'd hate it); left from a Murano to a Infiniti sedan and a CX7 to an ATS. Why? All the above reasons I mentioned.
Point being, the pendulum will swing away from CUV's - and it will swing to sedans. Put out a good compelling product - people will buy it.