Sunday, October 23, 2005


The prefered makes of cars is different here. There are fewer American made cars. It seems their low end cars are the default if people cannot afford low end Japanese models. Volkswagens and Mazdas seem to be more popular. And you don't see as many LARGE vehicles such as the Lincoln Navigator or the Ford Expedition. The Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, Mazda 3, and the Toyota Echo are very popular.

The new Smart car fortwo can be seen all over now, especially for advertising. Minivans seem to be as popular. It seems four wheel drive cars like the Subaru Outback and Legacy are a bit more common due to the combination of decent gas mileage and 4WD for winter conditions. The interesting thing is that other four wheel drive vehicles particularly SUV's are not more popular. I guess high gas prices trump over getting in and out of unplowed parallel parking spaces.


scootermike said...

Not only do I do my part to conserve gas by ridding a gas saving scooter that gets 80mpg I run a website called to bring scooters to all who have a need to combat the soaring gas prices. Whether the hurricane had anything to do with the soaring gas prices it certainly had a profound effect on sales of scooters with them tripling in a matter of days after the hurricane. We all need to do our part and scooters are a great way to put that cash right back into your pocket

Unknown said...

Thanks for your comments. Motorcycles and bicycles are very popular here even when it starts to get cold. I'd love to get back to riding my bike to work. Currently, a family of three and a 20km commute make that a difficult option. Maybe one day when we move back to the city, but I'll stick to pedal power instead of a scooter.