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4682RE: [hreg] What is holding back American car companies?

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  • Ariel Thomann
    Aug 2 6:04 PM
      No, thanks. I heard the Tesla thing too. This other was about an American inventor in
      the mid- to late-20th century.

      Ariel
      - 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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      > 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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      > http://www.tfcbooks.com/articles/tdt7.htm
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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?
      >
      > Ariel
      > - 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 <mailto:hreg%40yahoogroups.com>
      >> Cc: tigger@... <mailto:tigger%40io.com>
      >> 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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