American Auto Manufacturers Say Increasing MPG Is Too Expensive.

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And I say…of COURSE it is. I mean, how would oil companies make such giant profits every quarter if American manufacturers stabbed them in the back? Forbes has a fun little story up about how the American manufacturers are threatening us with more expensive cars if we want fuel efficiency, but it sure is interesting that the Japanese and Germans can make more fuel efficient cars without complaining about it. In fact, the Japanese are proud of what they are doing with their cars and want to do even more while the American companies sit around and say it cannot be done.

GM, Ford and the like are saying that if we want more fuel efficient vehicles, we are going to pay an average of $5,000-$7,000 more per car just to have it. But somehow I am able to go out and buy a Honda Civic for $17,000 that gets 40 MPG. Maybe if they started concentrating on nice well-built small cars instead of giant trucks and SUV’s this would not be a problem. But again, then their friends in the oil industry would not be doing as well, and we would not want that to happen, now would we?

Here is an interesting blurb from the article:

Will consumers pay an estimated $8,600 extra for better gas mileage?

They’ll grumble, but they’ll pay. After all, nobody thought recycling or more efficient appliances with higher price tags would ever catch on either.


Actually, no they won’t pay…not when they don’t have to. You see, there are plenty of other manufacturers around the world who are willing to put out cars that we want at prices that we can afford. The day I pay an additional $8,600 for a more fuel efficient American car over a Honda Civic is the day someone should commit me.

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  1. Great post. I think it’s interesting that companies are so focused on adding hybrid and other technologies to cars when someone could simply take the engines we have and make them more efficient (current engines are only 15% efficient – http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/atv.shtml).

    I know it’s easier said than done, but really, with the engineering/technological achievements we have under our belts you’d think someone could get an internal combustion engine to get even 50% efficiency!

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