Well... I'm sort of an outsider here, living a few thousand miles away and in a complete different reality. But I think it'* good that in the US you still can rely on old domestic cars - you still have a choice when willing to buy a 30-40 year old car and you still have a whole industry support (service and parts) to make it run and to keep it in good condition. In Europe you can't buy many cars of that age and it'* not that easy to find parts at reasonable prices. Poland is an exceptionally discriminating in this matter. If I wanted to register a car from abroad (and I don't have many old cars in good shape to choose from on my domestic market), I'd have to pay a 65% tax (that'* right, sixty-five!!) plus lots of additional fees and procedures.
OK, this was a little off-topic but..
Although I'm not any kind of "America-freak" (although perhaps I'll go to the US one day, if I can't take all this Polish **** anymore
), it'* also a little sad for me, that the Americans give up their ideals and that still smaller cars sell well in the US. Because in a few years, if I'm willing to buy some american car, my top option will be some 4,6l high-rev engine (I don't like cars like Corvette or the like) or even worse. My dad always drove cars with diesel engines and I'm also very much into diesel or diesel-like cars
- with good torque at lower rpm - that'* why I bought an american car. If I had any chance I'd have bought something even bigger than the Bonnie - sth with a 400 or 455 engine
. But with fuel prices about 4,3 USD/gallon (in western Europe it'* more but they also earn much better money) and typical Polish income I wouldn't be able to drive it :( . Gas in the US still isn't that expensive
Anyway, I hope that in a few years someone will p'haps return to bigger engines. On the other hand, when even Cadillac puts in a car a 1,9l diesel... Doooom
Besides... Are foreign cars in the US that cheap that people buy them? If you take a price of a new (2005) Bonneville SE (ca. 27000 USD), you won't a similar car in Europe for under 33-35000 USD).. For bigger cars the difference is even worse