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Old 05-05-2018, 12:23 AM   #71 (permalink)
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Maybe I should buy up all the Fusion hybrids and sell them at a profit when they are no longer available and gas prices are at $4/gallon.
You laugh, but when my Honda Insight was totaled during the last gas price run up, I got a heck of a lot more from the insurance payout than I paid for it originally.

Maybe if you have cash+free storage somewhere? But the reality is that the Japanese and Koreans continue to make a full line of hybrids and cars (and somehow still turn a profit). My bet on the used car that rockets in price for the next one will be used Chevy Volts.

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Old 05-05-2018, 11:42 AM   #72 (permalink)
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I wonder how steel and aluminum tariffs and the threat of them may have changed the long range calculus. If they have to switch to domestic suppliers at higher prices, the cars they already contend are losses and those not very profitable might get the ax.
"Up to $300 per vehicle" which probably means $150 on a small car. I dont think that is a big deal. It really comes down to the cost to build a car is no less than the cost to build an SUV or crossover yet the cars only sell for 1/2 as much. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wsj...300-1520867757
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So the difference high gas price to low on the biggest SUV is $100 a month. Somehow I think if you can afford something that commonly is sold for $60,000 plus, $100 a month is less than you spend for your family at Starbucks in just a week. Who it hurts is the guy who can't afford anything newer than 20 years old, and has to live 40 miles out to afford housing. That guy has a significant portion of his income going to transportation costs.
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So the difference high gas price to low on the biggest SUV is $100 a month. Somehow I think if you can afford something that commonly is sold for $60,000 plus, $100 a month is less than you spend for your family at Starbucks in just a week.
Many people buying $60,000 trucks and SUVs can't actually afford them.
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Whatever stake Ford had in Mazda after 2010, however, wasn't controlling in any way, anyway... and Mazda's current line-up no longer shares any significant amount of technology with Ford. Volvo and Jaguar, however, still have an engine technology agreement with them, if I recall... so their turbocharged four-cylinder family engines still share some commonality with Ford's.
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I bet their thinking they're going to cash in on the whole hybrid crossover market that's starting to pop up. Even Toyota has acknowledged that they sell way more Rav4 hybrids than Priuses.
You know, since trucks and SUVs became more of a symbol of status than a real workhorse, rednecks and soccer-moms are not really willing to sacrifice so much for the sake of fuel economy.
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"[I]t’s not remotely accurate to suggest that [...] President Trump is the reason Ford won’t sell you a Fusion anymore in a couple years." https://jalopnik.com/the-unhinged-po...ing-1826047290

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Now I've got visions of Uncle Trump posters saying "I want YOU to NOT buy a Fusion!"

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