CONFIRMED: Chevrolet Cruze Diesel to Hit Dealer Lots in 2013
July 22, 2011 10:00 AM
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RE: What took so long?
7/22/2011 1:44:28 PM
Wow, that's a new one. The reason it took so long is that the California emissions standards (which 16 other states use) are much stricter than emissions standards in Europe and Asia. As such, overseas manufacturers looked at the cost to retool their diesel engines to meet those standards, looked at the market share for diesel passenger vehicles in the U.S., projected their sales, and decided it wasn't worth it.
Now that fuel efficiency (well, higher MPG, which isn't strictly the same thing as fuel efficiency comparing diesel to gasoline) has become a higher priority, the sales projections are looking rosier, and some of those engine emissions conversions are starting to become worth it.
Most things aren't due to an industry conspiracy. It's actually very hard to put together an industry conspiracy, even an overt one. Ask OPEC.
RE: What took so long?
7/24/2011 3:10:02 AM
So what explains the Vega, the Pinto, and the Pacer?
There may not be an overt conspiracy, but when the vehicles being produced are garbage (like the first two in my list, at least), there's a problem that suggests a need for better regulation. Guess what happened when the "free market" didn't do anything about those cruddy vehicles? The Japanese came in. That was great for Japan, but not so great for our auto industry.
Too often, short-term thinking ends up costing a lot. Nader exposed Ford's decision to make the Pinto with an exploding tank to save a little bit of money. Such a decision is a good example of why logical regulation is necessary, and good for everyone -- including the companies that kick and scream when subjected to it.
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