Editorial: New stage for SUVs

Once again, the laws of motion and economics outmaneuver regulation. While fans of frantic governance harrumph about oil consumption and condemn American vehicle preferences, markets do their work-quietly, until now.On May 5, the credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded GM and Ford to junk status, citing several problems at the big US automakers. Prime among them: plunging sales of sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Of both companies, S&P analyst Scott Sprinzen said, “[The company’s] financial performance has been heavily dependent on the earnings of its SUVs. Recently, though, sales of its midsize and large SUVs have plummeted.” At least partly becaus...

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