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Old 10-01-2008, 03:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by jamesqf View Post
And there's the whole problem: the automatic assumption that because a car is small & fuel efficient, it's therefore one of those despised "econoboxes". Wouldn't it be a good idea to follow the example of the computer world? A notebook computer costs more than a desktop, even though it's smaller and uses less power - and a really lightweight & low power notebook costs even more than an average one :-)
Not quite the same thing. If you were trying to cram 8 seats and the horsepower of a V8 into an econobox, it would be more apt. However, with the exception of hybrid drivetrains, everything else has been scaled down equivalently. The cost of a 2,500 pound car should be about half the cost of a 5,000 pound car, all other things being equal.

The econobox vs. SUV debate would be more like the difference between a Proliant server and a Shuttle. The Proliant is fine for its intended mission, but you wouldn't use it for day-to-day word processing (unless you also need a space heater for your computer room.)

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