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4673RE: [hreg] What is holding back American car companies?

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  • Julie Hendricks
    Aug 2, 2006
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      I heard part of an extensive piece about Nikola Tesla, a very prolific inventor of the 19th century, yesterday on KPFT around noon time.  I did a quick web search and found the following about an engine design of his.  Maybe this is what you are looking for:




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      From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ariel Thomann
      Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 2:59 PM
      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      Cc: bsyed@...; houstonpeakoil@...
      Subject: Re: [hreg]


      I think it was yesterday afternoon that I heard something on the radio that I can't find
      now in the archives of KPFT or KUHF. I was driving, and failed to write down the key
      family surname. It was a lengthy discussion of a type of engine devised by someone from
      a long family line of tinkerers. I understood it could be either diesel or gasoline,
      compatible with hybrid systems, and supposedly far more efficient and cheaper than
      anything out there today. But, of course, suppressed by the big players. Did anybody
      else catch that program?

      - We are all Human beings here together. We have to help one another, since otherwise
      there is NO ONE who will help.
      - All countries need a NO REGRETS strategic energy policy. Think ahead 7 generations.
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      > It's the outsourcing to get rid of unions, benefits, health insurance and
      > which the corporations don't have to worry, and money saved goes to the
      top of the
      > Pyramid's exorbitant salaries and perks. They got the bad taste of GREED,
      which has
      > desensitized them to think about the interests of their customers. There
      are a lot of
      > neat technologies which can be used in todays cars to make them more
      reliable, but it
      > does suit the interest of the TOP guys at the APEX.
      > Bashir A. Syed
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Ariel Thomann
      > To: hreg@yahoogroups. com
      > Cc: tigger@...
      > Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 12:54 PM
      > Subject: Re: [hreg] What is holding back American car companies?
      > Just think, during WW-II the aircraft companies could design, test, tool
      up, and
      > mass produce fighter planes sometimes in a matter of months...
      > Ariel
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      > > 2:40pm, blpasemann wrote:
      > >
      > >> Interesting article today, that
      w:st="on">Toyota is now the #2 automaker. I feel there is
      > an underlying reason car dealers are willing to keep losing money and
      > to keep promoting gas gusseling vehicles, while Honda and
      w:st="on">Toyota and kicking
      > their butt with hybrids and fuel economy. Don't they see this?? I feel the
      > companies, government and car makers are all in this together, but while
      > 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
      > 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
      > probably do is build an electric car or biodiesel. Just wanted to put this
      > there and see what you guys think.
      > >>
      > >
      > > 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
      > 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
      > 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
      > advantage of today's higher gas prices.
      > >
      > > Paul
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Yahoo! Groups Links

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