The Car’s Death Is Exaggerated, Say the People With Cars to Sell at the Detroit Auto Show 2019

The glass-half-full people would like you to know that no matter how many Americans decide to purchase sport utility vehicles, millions of other consumers will still buy their sedans.

Those people are the ones from Volkswagen, Nissan, Hyundai and Honda who, at this week’s Detroit auto show, politely asked that the world not get too carried away in declaring the death of the passenger car. They’re confident in their ability to sell sedans profitably even as Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors drop low-demand car lines to focus instead on SUVs and pickups. These light trucks account for about 70 percent of the U.S. market, a figure that may reach as high as 75 percent before the sedan shunning is complete.