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Freddie Ford & Chrysler Mae?

Discussion in 'Business & Economics' started by The Scotsman, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. The Scotsman

    The Scotsman Well-Known Member

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    Now its the turn of the car makers! Why not just nationalise everything and be done with it!
     
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    Well that is what bailout precedents do for you.

    The car makers have two options in my opinion.

    1) Compete
    2) Go out of business
     
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    pocketfullofshells Well-Known Member

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    welfare is only bad for poor people, for rich companies its ok


    here is a idea, make cars with better MPG and you would sell more cars...they as normal 5-10 years behind the market change , and are suffering .
     
  4. The Scotsman

    The Scotsman Well-Known Member

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    ...BINGO!

    That's exactly what I've been thinking. Instead of making these dinosaurs whilst the rest of the world has been researching cleaner and more fuel efficient vehicles the neanderthals at the "Big 3" have been knuckle dragging their way to financial oblivion.

    Do the research :mad:
     
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    pocketfullofshells Well-Known Member

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    As a Former Seller of Fords, at least I can say I know they started to get it before the other 2 did. way to late, but at least not the slowest lol
     
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    Seriously?

    There were no sales... the car was a total flop because back in 1996, gas was cheap.

    From '84-87 Honda produced the CRX, which got 49 Mpg city and 54 Mpg Highway...
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    The big 3 could crank them out tomorrow but with all the modern safety equipment necessary to pass regulations, the car would get about half as many Mpg or be a stripped down tin can as originally designed. These are still popular cars because they are so lightweight but your odds of surviving a crash in one of these is nowhere near as good as your chances in one the "Dinosaurs" the big 3 are producing today.

    From the makers of the EV1, Chevy could jump back into domestic competition with the release of the Volt:
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    Its supposed to be released in 2010 but they may release it earlier if public interest were greater.

    Dodge has one too, it looks pretty cool as well:
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    The big 3 can't afford another flop... thats why its REALLY important that we not WASTE THEIR TIME, and taxpayer money, with boondoggles like Corn Ethanol. Now that Congress is all on board for the Pickens Plan, the big 3 could now be facing another change in direction... to Natural Gas powered vehicles. Point more of the blame where it belongs, not at the domestic car industry but to Washington and its long arm of interference.

    The lesson here, leave CONGRESS out of picking the winners and losers where technology is concerned and let the market decide them. Corn Ethanol was forced onto America through taxpayer subsidies and the consequences have been dire, even requiring its own kind of federal bailout...

    Now specifically in the Car industry, the big 3 switched to E85 style vehicles - because Congress was backing Corn Ethanol at the time - and now that CE has fallen apart, people are scrambling to find "Alternatives" to Corn for creating Ethanol so the Government can save face and the car industry can save billions in an otherwise worthless investment.
     
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