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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-20-08 06:24 PM
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55. Some very good points and I totally agree. However, the hybrids are a red herring...
Edited on Thu Nov-20-08 06:37 PM by Turborama
As evidenced by the success of the Prius (available in showrooms in May, 6 month waiting list now), consumers want cars that use less fuel NOW. However, all three of these companies make the type of fuel efficient cars that more and more car buyers are wanting to own. Chrysler are in fact already making 35 MPG cars and SUVs in America, but American citizens can't buy them... In addition, Ford are producing cars in Europe that do up to 65 MPG and GM are making some great cars outside of the US too, they have the technology already so why not not shift that to the factories back home?

The car industry in America needs to introduce the turbo diesel cars they are making for the European market. Diesel in America has a bad name and is more expensive than gas. However, with the MPG taken into consideration, it actually works out cheaper.

I have gathered a hell of a lot of information and listed the cars that each company are making that fit the brief description above to back up this argument and have put most of it here:

and here

I'd really like to hear your thoughts on these suggestions...

One example:

The US one is double the weight of the UK one and has double the horsepower. Yet they are both the same price...

I've also just added all this stuff to my journal (can't seem to get the posts in the right order though. The 1st one starts in the middle)

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