quote: I refuse to believe that car companies cannot deliver a car that is reasonably priced, looks stylish, is of decent size, and can attain the new CAFE standards.
quote: Automakers will continue to focus on models people want, but raise the prices to try to control market preference. Eventually cars that people want will also be much more profitable than the smaller cars people do not want, such that product choices and RD will be focused on these larger and more profitable automobiles at the expense of the smaller cars. Eventually the smaller offering will be such low quality you essentially have to give them away or lose money, but you have to keep pumping them out to keep selling your high profit items.
quote: I refuse to believe that car companies cannot deliver a car that is reasonably priced, looks stylish, is of decent size, and can attain the new CAFE standards.Is it really impossible to imagine a car that has prius level mpg, a mid 20,000$ price tag, but doesn't look like crap and has somewhat respectable performance?
quote: I think the real reason car companies are so angry is because they always have 100% of the R&D bill, while the oil companies get bigger subsidies and really don't have to help at all.
quote: Can we stop complaining about oil company subsidies already? Their subsidies work out to about half a cent per dollar. Or a bit less than 2 cents per gallon of gas. The Federal gas tax is 18.4 cents per gallon. The government penalizes them far more than they help.
quote: On the other hand, I suppose you think it's fair to subsidize an industry that posts profits (PROFITS....NOT REVENUE!) in the billions every quarter.
quote: Yep, more important to spend our precious tax dollars supporting an industry that needs no tax payer support at all instead of ensuring the health and productivity of its citizens ...something that would have immediate and positive effects throughout the economy.