Re: Dumb Short-sight opinions II; was Hybrid Lament
Face it the vast majority of the 19,000,000 new vehicle buyers in the US do
NOT want smaller more economical cars. If people wanted small high mileage
vehicles they currently can buy any one of dozen of so available on the
market today. Obviously buyers have many needs besides a low acquisition
cost and/or low fuel costs. Look at what people actually buy today. Half
of all the new vehicles sold in the US today are light trucks including
SUVs. The top selling three vehicles are not cars nor is the best selling
vehicle a car, it is the Ford F150 and has been for nearly thirty years.
Even the best selling car is not a small car, it is an intermediate sedan,
the Camry. Eight out of 10 Camrys sold has only a 4cy engine not a V6, but
that has more to do with Toyotas pricing strategy then fuel economy. To get
a V6 in a Camry one needs to upgrade to the point where even Toyota lovers
balk at the high price. Other brands that offer a V6 a more reasonable
prices, sell more V6s than 4s however.
"Backyard Mechanic" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> "Jeff" wrote:
>>> One marque per maker
>>> With, one powertrain, 3 models, no yearly facelift designing,
>>> platform and fascia unchanged for 12 years and available only in
>>> black, with tan mohair upholstery, but hey... isnt that where Ford
>>> came in?
>> Actually, that is where Kia and Hyundai come in. The Kia Rio gets 38
>> MPG and costs $11,000 or so. Pretty close.
>> And the Hyundai Accent is $10,000 and gets about 35 mpg.
>> If people wanted cheap car and higher milage, someone would deliver.
>> But most people want more car than you can get for $8000 or even
> Exactly. Remember the premise of Saturn? Not exactly cheap but high
> quality, high reliabilty, good milage?!!!!!!
> Yeah... LOT of people SAY that's what's wanted.. and maybe THEY do...
> but, for me, I'd rather drive a used TBird or Mustang than a Saturn, let
> alone a Hyndai or Kia.
> Of course, 'come the Revolution'.....
> Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
> you pay..DEAL with it!