Granted, pent-up demand has been increasing, but the financial crisis is still on the forefront of consumers' minds, dissuading many of them from making major purchases. Therefore, Edmunds.com believes the government should step in to provide encouragement for consumers. "Even modest encouragement from the government could go a long way," the company noted. Anwyl also stressed that lawmakers should create an energy policy that shifts demand back to fuel-efficient models, saying this will benefit the overall industry.
"If domestic automakers are expected to convert their fleet to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, there must be support for influencing widespread and consistent consumer demand for such vehicles," he said.