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Old 07-04-2011, 05:43 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by cleanspeed1 View Post
I have a counterpoint for you. The automakers have been around for a very long time, and consequently know what works and doesn't work.
Oh, really? There's a long, long list of contrary evidence, starting with the Edsel, continuing through "it's just not technically possible to meet these emission/fuel economy (repeat that one with variations, every year or two), and finishing with "we can go on selling SUVs forever".

This is big business protecting themselves and maximizing profit, at the expense of the end user.
So your argument is basically that all "Big Business" is in a conspiracy, and GM, Ford, & Chrysler are willing to sacrifice their own profits - indeed, risk their very existence - in order to prop up oil company profits. Sorry, but I just can't buy that sort of altruism from the automakers. As was said earlier, it's important not to mistake incompetence for evil.
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