4658Re: [hreg] What is holding back American car companies?
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> 2:40pm, blpasemann wrote:
>> Interesting article today, that Toyota is now the #2 automaker. I feel there is an
>> underlying reason car dealers are willing to keep losing money and marketshare to
>> keep promoting gas gusseling vehicles, while Honda and Toyota and kicking their butt
>> with hybrids and fuel economy. Don't they see this?? I feel the oil companies,
>> government and car makers are all in this together, but while oil companies are
>> making record profits, car dealers are losing lots of money and may not recover. I
>> want to know what other think and if they have some reasons why this is happening.
>> I personally have driven fords most of my life, but I will NOT by a Ford again or an
>> American car. I really want to a prius or what I will probably do is build an
>> electric car or biodiesel. Just wanted to put this out there and see what you guys
> I don't know for sure, but I would guess that part of what you (we) are seeing is due
> to the lag from concept to market that auto makers go through. It typically takes
> several years for a manufacturer to design and implement something new. I don't know
> how long, but I'd guess between 3-5 years, depending on how much is new vs how much
> has already been designed. (Consider an all-new vehicle vs a new body on an existing
> chassis.) Think about the Dodge Magnum, a big, gas-guzzling beast available with a
> 300HP (or so) engine. It came out about a year or so ago. It was probably in the
> works before W. became President.
> Honda and Toyota have traditionally made smaller vehicles, so were probably in a much
> better position from the start to offer more fuel-efficient cars and take advantage
> of today's higher gas prices.
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