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  • Laura
    Aug 2, 2006

      I’ve cancelled my subscription to this membership, yet I still get emails. Can you please take me off the list.



      Laura La Rue

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      From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Sean Kaylor
      Wednesday, August 02, 2006 3:11 PM
      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [hreg] What is holding back American car companies?


      The engine you are referring to is called a Scuderi split cycle engine designed by the late Carmelo Scuderi.

      About US auto makers. Isn't it ironic that CAFE standards haven't been raised since the mid-1980's? The US is the only developed nation to actually have an average reduction in automobile fuel efficiency in the past ten years. Why aren't CAFE standards raised? While I would shy away from pointing fingers directly- there is a lot of blame centered around the United Auto Workers and the mid-west politicians. The UAW claimes that raising CAFE standards will jepordize passenger safety because to obtain a more fuel efficient vehicle major weight reductions will have to take place. Also, the UAW and domestic car manufacturing firms fear that raising fuel efficiency standards might give foreign competitors a strategic advantage because, just as was mentioned earlier in this post, Hond and Toyota have been successfully designing, manufacturing, and selling more efficient vehicles for several decades now.

      It is rather ironic that Ford and GM are losing money hand over fist not simply because they are losing market share in the compact/sub- compact categories, but mainly because their high profit margin SUV and truck categories are having to compete against Toyota and Honda SUV and truck models. Looks like domestic auto production is declining on all fronts which is unfortunate.



      From: "Jim & Janet" <jhd1@earthlink. net>
      Reply-To: hreg@yahoogroups. com
      To: <hreg@yahoogroups. com>
      Subject: Re: [hreg] What is holding back American car companies?
      Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2006 15:36:05 -0500

      Marketplace is an excellent program for Public Radio quality business news.

      Often the much overlooked business section of your local mewspaper is a very good source of news that does not make it to the local, state or world sections. Let me suggest that everyone start paying closer attention to "business" news.

      Jim Duncan


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      Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 2:58 PM

      Subject: Re: [hreg] What is holding back American car companies?


      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 pensions,
      > 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 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 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 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.
      > >
      > > Paul
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Yahoo! Groups Links


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