It's starting to get better, at least according to earning statements published by auto makers and some of what we hear in the media. But just because Americans are buying cars again, doesn't mean the majority of them are made in the Unites States or from domestically-owned companies.
But domestic automakers and dealers like your Chicago Chevy Suburban dealer are very optimistic and believe that consumers are beginning to trust them again. We may not be driving our father's Oldsmobile (although I have to say I certainly loved my first new car - a Cutlass Supreme SL) or the trusty Ford that our uncle helped build, but American auto makers have learned a lot from their foreign competition and are here to stay.
General Motors has proven that by turning its focus, increasing sales and showing huge profits recently. Total sales for GM grew by almost 25 percent during one quarter of 2009 and the company has repaid about $6 billion of the government loans they received.
Like many taxpayers, I had my doubts that any of that auto bailout money would ever be seen again, but GM is working adamantly and quickly to be sure that it is not in debt to the people who buy its product. Good move.
One of the new models putting domestic companies in the forefront are the hot new Chevy Cruze. It is compact, but with a roomy interior the Cruze also has a bit of the European taste that many Americans have come to enjoy. Customers of Itasca used cars will enjoy the diversity of this car.
The Cruze can produce 138 horsepower and gets as much as 36 mpg. Move on up to the eco model package with the Ecotec turbocharged four-cylinder engine and you'll get 40 mpg.
When it comes to safety, you will be cruising with great peace of mind protected by 10 air bags and other features like traction control and electronic stability control. If you want more flash or luxury touches, opt for the 18-inch allow wheels or leather seats. Itasca used cars buyers will love this luxury treatment.
Another GM hit has been the Chevy Volt, the domestic plug-in that's created lots of buzz. Completely electric, this four-door hatchback can go for 40 miles on all electric. Once it's depleted a gas-powered generator will jump in a recharge, allowing for another 300 miles of driving.
Plugging into an outlet only takes three hours to fully recharge the Volt, making it a great commuter car that can totally eliminate gasoline for trips of 40 miles or less. The back-up generator is a true innovation and will allow drivers to avoid the worry of running out of power.
The Volt also has some upscale offerings with a Bose Energy Efficient audio system and an abundance of music storage. Your Chicago Chevy Suburban dealer is excited about the energy-saving potential of the Volt.
Some other U.S. models getting great reviews and impressive consumer response are the Buick Regal, the Ford Fiesta and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.