quote: Why do performance models have to be wiped off the map just to fit a fleet average, they are reducing the choice for everyone and producing cars. Doesnt seem right to me.
quote: Which performance cars have been wiped off the map? There's more fast cars than ever IMO. Look at the acceleration times of the 6 speed manual V6 Honda Accord coupe.
quote: Well the NSX died. That was the epitomy of the V6 Honda for a start.
quote: Nearly every grocery getter has 250+ hp
quote: There are about 3 corner case of rear-wheel drive cars under $25k.
quote: EVs will eventually make performance upgrades have no compromises and much more common
quote: EV's geared towards performance will always require a larger battery aka more energy storage.
quote: It could be said that everyone was ignoring the voice of the customer...really, how many industries truly listen to what you want?
quote: But, I feel it would have eventually made it there just not as fast. I can recall the early 2000s - if you wanted a vehicle that had decent MPG (20+) and cost less than 25k you would be looking at mostly compacts with very few or limited features.
quote: The survey is for everyone, but car makers only cater to the desires of new car buyers. ~40% of them earn $50-100k, and ~30% earn $100k+. Not only do they place lower priority on fuel cost than the general public, but dealers also convince them to choose bigger engines.Most people, however, buy used cars, and are stuck with the shortsighted choices of others. Sure, they can influence residuals for fuel efficient cars, but that has too limited and indirect of an impact on new car purchases.That's why they overwhelmingly support CAFE and don't trust the automakers and new car buyers to give them what they want. They may not make this realization as explicitly as I have, but they do own used cars and wish they delivered much better economy.
quote: If the automakers want to make a gas guzzling car they can, but you'll just pay penalties for it.
quote: Without the goals set by these mandates manufacturers will look at their most economical cars and say 'Good enough! No need to improve them'. The mandates raise the bar that manufacturers have to reach.
quote: I don't understand why otherwise normally intelligent but left-leaning people can't see it.
quote: Just look at the Toyota Corolla to see the truth in that.
quote: Do you really think I would be getting that kind of economy if CAFE had not been forcing the automakers to provide it?
quote: The CAFE increase will limit choice of vehicles, force auto manufacturers to make certain types of vehicles, and make people spend more money.Both involve increased costs, but one limits choice and freedom less.Even better would be to let the free market come to an equilibrium.We are exporting large quantities of gasoline. We aren't hurting for it. Not even close.
quote: Likewise a government can't force me to dump my old gas-guzzling beater to buy a new econobox.