General Motors may still be in the midst of hard times...but it still has a fan base in West Virginia.
The West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association has just released its list of the top-selling vehicles in the state during the past year. In two of the three categories...best-selling car and best-selling truck...Chevrolet was on top.
And in the third, SUV sales, another American-based manufacturer, Ford, was number one.
It should be noted that vehicle sales fell nearly 18% as a whole...reflecting the overall declines nationwide.
But the number-one selling car in the Mountain State was the Chevrolet Cobalt, which, by the way, is manufactured mostly at a GM plant near Youngstown, Ohio. Toyota may be having its problems right now (that's a different story), but
its Camry and Corolla ranked number two and three. That may reflect Toyota's overall popularity as well as the fact that
Toyota has an engine plant in Putnam County, West Virginia.
A Chevrolet truck was the top-selling truck, while Ford's Escape was the most popular SUV.
Chevy, by the way, has been at or near the top in West Virginia in sales for several years now.
Given the nature of the economy, these figures may be anything but robust. But I think that, while GM is still trying to
get back on its feet, it (and perhaps Ford) perhaps owe the state a big "thank you" for still buying American, and still
thinking of them when buying their next car.
Speaking of driving, I'm not sure why people disagree (at least according the results of our voluntary news poll) with the increase of the tolls on the Memorial Bridge from 35 to 50 cents.
Yes, people don't like it when anything (prices, taxes, etc.) go up. But, as I reported in a story last year, the last time the toll was increased...to 35 cents...was around the time Richard Nixon resigned the presidency.
Back then, you could still buy a new, full-size car for less than $10,000.
Considering that the price of gas has more than doubled...and, at some times, tripled...in the past decade, a hike of 15 cents shouldn't be that hard on local pocketbooks.