Of course. GM is now promising the next round of Volt hybrids will include a minivan model. Of course.
Capitalist priorities don’t change. “Mini car, mini profit,” as Hank Ford II once incautiously admitted in public.
And past capitalist priorities built this cars-first network of towns and strip malls and exurbs. Cars-first transportation, thanks to the sheer nature of automobiles, radically balloons all these spaces. All the ballooned spaces in turn require not just cars, but big cars, as traveling at high speeds over rough, crossing roads makes tiny cars especially dangerous to their occupants.
So, of course. Mini-vans and pickups will continue to to devour a huge chunk of the insane amount of energy we continue to squander on transportation in corporate capitalist America.
Note: Dig the “gas 2.0” source here. These guys think new cars and allegedly “new” fuels for them somehow amount to a “world coming to terms with its oil addiction.” Of course, of course.