quote: CAFE standards were applicable to vehicles under 8,500 lbs AND there "light trucks" were graded differently than "cars". So no, this is not the reason. It's what you believe to be the reason.
quote: Why don't you just look at the historical prices of gas at the pump from 2000-2008 and 2008-2012?
quote: If we are drilling oil locally we can tax oil exports and credit domestically sold oil to make it more cost effective to sell oil that is drilled in the US within the US.
quote: The technology developed and implemented in pinnacle vehicles like the Corvette ZR1 and SRT Viper can be applied to all vehicles throughout the model lineup in some way. So while the investment in developing these cars may not be recouped from sales of said vehicles - the knowledge gained allows them to produce better cars overall.
quote: More simple rithmetic I presume? You're incorrect btw.
quote: We can safely conclude that you have never driven anything other than an econo car or maybe a "sporty import", but noting truly fast like an Evo or WRX STI.
quote: The footprint applies to trucks too because there is quite a difference between the Colorado and the 3500. Now Chevy doesn't have to sell three Colorado to every one 3500 to meet the standard just like they don't need to sell 4 Aveo for every Camaro. That is how the footprint method applies. Read up on it.
quote: Why don't you? Then you can see how it was $4 per gallon right before it plummeted to $2, along with the economy. Wow! Now I understand what you mean, the best way to get gas down to $2 is to crash our economy and kill demand, right?
quote: So we can violate the world trade agreement we signed onto and pay fines to oil producing countries? You can't go protective like you're talking about while remaining part of the WTO.
quote: You're excellent idea is not possible with our economy. As I mentioned earlier, it's simple economics with a demand and supply curve dictated by the rise in demand in China and the limiting of supply by OPEC.
quote: The engines are not investments that can be applied to all vehicles because you would be stupid to put a 426hp engine in a Malibu.
quote: You are comparing a V8 super car to an anemic I4. My original example was a 150hp vs a 300hp. So a better comparison would be your V6 Camaro and the I4 Accent. You add 50% more weight for 60% increase in hp and torque. If there were better examples.I would use them but they are a rough selection. Ofcourse a 425hp car is going to beat a 100hp car unless it is 4 times the weight. I never said an econobox with near equal weight and a quarter of the power would be the same. Your example is more like comparing a Veyron to a Prius.
quote: I've driven a Mustang GT, a Corvette coupe, a WRX STI, and Dodge Charger. I know what cars drive like, and I could easily tell the difference between the Charger and the Corvette based primarily because of the weight difference. Now if you drive those vehicles outside of their proper power bands like 2500 rpms vs 4500 rpms, they feel sluggish like driving a normal mid size car within its power band. That is the point I am trying to make. Any car outside its power band will always feel sluggish because you are slinging a car with little torque relative to its weight.