OC a SUV haven?

Last Friday’s OC Register reports that Orange County SUV sale are up (7.3% when compared to last year) while the national average is declining (down 1%). They cite Orange County’s above average income as a shield against increased fuel prices. The article also has this quote:

“You are the No. 1 luxury and high-performance car market in the world, and not just for sales, but for trend setting. You’re very image- conscious here,” said Gordon Wangers, president of Automotive Marketing Consultants Inc.

Thanks Gordon, as much as I enjoy cruising to my favorite bistro (Del Taco) in my high-performance luxury automobile (’86 Toyota Camry), I think you just called me a vain sonnnavabitch. Personally, I think the OC register has part of the equation right. But I also think the ultra-plush wide streets, and relatively convenient parking has something to do with the 5 Hummers on my neighborhood streets. Who knows, someone might decided to get one of those CXTs.

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