LOS ANGELES — Crossovers, cars with four-cylinder engines and hybrids are topping dealer orders for the next model year. Dealers say they don't want big SUVs.
Mark Parkinson, a Buick, Pontiac, GMC and Hummer dealer in suburban Los Angeles, says he must factor in rapidly rising gasoline prices, and consumer response to them, as he develops his order strategy.
"I'm kind of shooting from the hip," Parkinson told Automotive News.
Parkinson said he continues to order GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave crossovers. "I can't keep Enclaves in stock," he said.
He also is stocking up on Pontiac G5 small cars and G6 and Vibe mid-sized cars with four-cylinder engines. He's shunning GMC Yukon full-sized SUVs.
Even though gasoline prices nationwide exceed $4 a gallon, some Ford and Dodge dealers say they have high hopes for the brands' redesigned full-sized pickups, the 2009 Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram.