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America's Best Selling Automobile - not what you think

I was surprised to learn what was America's best selling automobile -



This vehicle is not only American-made but it outsells both the Camry and Accord combined. The "cozy coupe" as it is called is known around the nation. Personally, though, I feel the name is a giant lie. I've tried to take one for a test drive recently and found it much more snug than cozy. I'm hoping they create a nice Little Tykes sedan - or maybe even a nice stretch - that would be more comfortable for my frame.

Now if only one of the major auto manufacturer's could work out a deal with Little Tykes to get their emblem on it to develop some early brand awareness - then we've got something.

Just thought this announcement was a cute thing to post. Hey, i'm a Dad.

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Comment by Joe Webb on June 11, 2009 at 8:49pm
Air Spanking. That is the greatest term I've heard in ages. We ought to market that practice as a "Beginners S&M". We'd make a fortune.
Comment by Clarence U Romero on June 11, 2009 at 6:35am
Hey Ralph, in my family, the boys would get blamed for anything that happened to our sisters. I still remember my parents response, what did you do? Or, where were you? This is why we made sure nothing happened to them. We didn't do the motor bike thing, but what me and my buddies did was drag it up a steep hill, and one or two would try to pyle on, and ride this brakeless vehicle down the hill, at what felt like 100mph. Thinking back to myself, we were either fearless, or very stupid.
Comment by Ralph Paglia on June 11, 2009 at 4:24am
Joe, you give me more credit than I deserve... By the time I got done explaining Lisa's scratches and bruises, my parents believed that Lisa had begged, threatened and coerced me into tying that G.I. Joe Jeep to the back of my Mini-Bike and towing her around the neighborhood! Of course, that was just my payback for all the times she would sink her teeth into my arms, and if i made the mistake of slapping her head to get her to release the pit-bull grip of her teeth embedded in my flesh, my dad would whack the crap out of me for "hitting a girl"!

Heck, that conditioning was so imprinted on me that my daughters will tell you that their childhood spankings were a joke because I could not bring myself to let my hands hit their butts, so it looked like I was spanking them but I would hold my hands back from actually making contact... "Air Spankings" kind of like "Air Guitar".
Comment by Joe Webb on June 10, 2009 at 10:37pm
Stan, you are never too old for Little Tykes. Some would still call you a little tyke.
Ralph, great story. Every time in my youth, though, when I did something wildly dangerous and my little sister took the brunt of the injuries, I wouldn't peel toward her to her rescue as you did. I'd hightail it behind some bushes where I wouldn't be found by my parents. Looking back now, I realize had I just come clean and accepted the responsibility, punishment would have been less harsh. I think my hiding in the woods for hours upon hours made them grow angrier. I am just realizing this now. Damn it. I really did myself a disservice all of those years.
Comment by Ralph Paglia on June 10, 2009 at 7:16pm
LOL... Joe, thanks for the flashback memories... When my Dad bought me a 3.5 HP Tecumseh Engine powered "Mini-Bike" in 1968 when I was, well, young... I had the G.I. Joe version of the Little Tyke which I had outgrown... So, I convinced my 2 year younger sister (Lisa) to sit in/on the G.I. Joe Jeep (after I removed the rocket launcher) and then i tied the toy to the back of my Mini-Bike with a long rope... "Lisa, are you hanging on?"... I twisted the throttle and the noise level from that powerful Tecumseh single cylinder gas powered engine rose as the centrifugal clutch started to grab hold... I looked back just in time to see my sister's body jerk back from the whiplash as she desperately hung onto the G.I. Joe Jeep's windshield frame. The 112 decibel screams coming from Lisa's powerful lungs blended in harmony with the thumpety-thump-thumpety-thump of the Tecumseh engine under full throttle to give me my first motor-head goosebumps rush!

As I looked over my shoulder to see if Lisa was still hanging on, I powered that Mini-Bike around the first curve in the brand new subdivision road (Fox Run) we lived on in East Amherst, NY. Then something strange began to happen... The G.I. Joe Jeep's hard plastic wheels had no traction as the toy vehicle swung across the ashfalt towards the outside of the curve... Wham! The jeep slammed into the beautiful brand new high cement curbing on the roadside, and my sister was ejected into an end over end trajectory across the front lawn of our neighbor's house... Over and over she rolled across the lawn in a bizarre looking, Tecumseh power series of carwheels, until finally coming to rest on the other side of that half acre stretch of perfect grass lawn...

I hit the brakes, turned the Mini Bike around and under full throttle headed to my sister's rescue...

That G.I. Joe Jeep was completely intact... Nothing had broken!

After I plucked the grass blades out of my sister's teeth and had brushed the dirt clods and divets off her clothes, try as I might, I could not get her to sit back on top of that G.I. Joe Jeep!

So, I rode that Mini-Bike around the new roads of the subdivision that replaced my woods and tree fort that summer, with my G.I. Joe Jeep at the end of 20 feet of rope... Seeing how many times I could bounce it off those perfectly formed concrete curbs until G.I. Joe himself was ejected from his seated position behind the wheel of the jeep. Somehow, it was never quite the same as when my sister was riding in that Jeep!

And the REALLY amazing part of it all... Lisa still loves me!
Comment by Clarence U Romero on June 10, 2009 at 5:36pm
LOL, Joe, so true. I remember when I bought the Jeep, the guy was a former car salesman, tried the feel, felt, found on me, started laughing, but I still upgraded to the Sahara model. My son still has it, this thing has shocks and everything. I remember my big wheel. I remember the new model of the time was the hand brake. I ripped apart the rear wheels power braking. I guess that was the first version of drifting.
Comment by Joe Webb on June 10, 2009 at 4:44pm
Hey Clarence, my son has the blue Jeep Wrangler power wheels as well. Lazy kids nowadays. I sound ancient, but Power Wheels came out just after my time. I was lucky to get a Big Wheels with a blue handbrake.
The Wrangler has a lot of torque. Actually more than a real one. That, too, likely outsells its real life model. Especially in this market.
Comment by Clarence U Romero on June 10, 2009 at 3:13pm
LOL, Joe that was really funny. I bought two of those in my time. One time they actually occupied my parking spot. I later bought the motorized Jeep, and this thing was powerful.
Comment by Joe Webb on June 10, 2009 at 11:51am
A new Little Tykes cozy coupe comes off the assembly line in Ohio every single minute. Over 10 million units have been sold since its inception 30 years ago. And the car payments aren't near as high.

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