As many of you might already know, General Motors announced Tuesday that it was shutting down four of its plants that produce large sized trucks and SUVs. Why is it doing this? High gas prices primarily. It is no longer profitable for auto makers to mass produce these gas guzzling machines. The target market for these types of autos is drastically decreasing with every passing day. America has been very lucky it has taken it this long for gas to become as high as it is. European countries that share many of the same economic freedoms and prosperity as we do have little or no market for SUVs and pickup trucks. Although there are many reasons one giant one is the fact that their gas prices have been at the 4 dollar mark and higher for many years now in some countries. As consumers look for more fuel efficient vehicles, the SUVs and large trucks are being taken from the showrooms and front lots and taken to the back lots and small 4 cylinder cars and hybrids of all kinds are being pushed into the spotlights. So the question is simple, are the days of the SUV and heavy truck finally nearing an end in the United States?