Among the 50 debuts out of the hundreds of vehicles showcased at the recent Detroit auto show, Radici Group (Gandino, Italy) noticed a "glaring contradiction of the American auto industry." The contradiction, it said, was in the juxtaposition of environmental friendliness, advanced technology and innovation against "the typical American passion for big-sized cars with very little hint of green."
As I read on through that first paragraph in the Radici Group's press release, I wasn't sure if they were happy about Americans' passion for big, fast cars or resented the fact that we're not all driving Smart Cars. They did recognize that "this contradiction is shared by all the market players." So we're an equal opportunity country in our taste for these vehicles, no matter which OEM makes them.