Like the swing of a pendulum, the U.S. light-vehicle market showed signs that it was beginning to move — albeit ever so slowly — away from behemoth SUVs back toward high-performance cars in 2003-2004. (See related data: US Automakers) To be sure, early 21st century buyers were not fleeing the SUVs they’d come to cherish during the halcyon 1990s. And auto makers continued rushing to market a number of less-daunting car-based cross/utilities to keep within the fold consumers not willing, ...

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