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Old 02-27-2008, 02:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Agreed on the arbitrariness, tjts1. If I'm not mistaken, France implimented a similar system, but with a sliding scale, rather than a few big carrots and a couple of big sticks.

However, I don't think announcing it in advance would have helped. Doing so would have just given the manufacturers more time to organize their marketing efforts to try to mold public opinion against it and have it buried before it even launched.

It was painfully obvious that they don't want any market "interference" that lures people out of their most profitable vehicles and into smaller, more efficient ones.
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