New Yorkers feel hard done by because they pay an average $4.04 per gallon (including 69c in taxes), but fuel still doesn’t bite into US weekly budgets the way it does over here. I pay more like $10 (£1.40 per litre).
There’s a real feeling of optimism about the US auto industry: bails-outs have been received, extra weight has been shed (Mercury, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, Hummer). It’s time for a new start. Or rather it’s back where it was when I arrived in Detroit back in 2004 – SUVs and muscle cars.
If you haven’t seen Clint Eastwood’s Halftime for America Superbowl ad, sponsored by Chrysler, (“Detroit’s showing us what can be done”) have a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRtvpMPLQ8o