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Old 06-06-2018, 01:27 PM   #241 (permalink)
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I remember reading an article from after hurricane Katrina when gas prices went over $3 a gallon and everyone freaked out. The article said that vehicle fuel economy was down at like #7 on new car shoppers concers before gas prices went up and that the gas price surge in gas prices raised the concern for fuel economy to spot #4.
Then when gas prices went back down so did people's concerns for fuel economy.

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Old 06-06-2018, 01:48 PM   #242 (permalink)
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I remember reading an article from after hurricane Katrina when gas prices went over $3 a gallon and everyone freaked out. The article said that vehicle fuel economy was down at like #7 on new car shoppers concers before gas prices went up and that the gas price surge in gas prices raised the concern for fuel economy to spot #4.
Then when gas prices went back down so did people's concerns for fuel economy.


According to a recent poll, it's #2 right now. People are liars though, especially to themselves. They will claim they value what they believe others want to hear, not what they actually value, even if the survey is anonymous.
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:09 PM   #243 (permalink)
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According to a recent poll, it's #2 right now. People are liars though, especially to themselves. They will claim they value what they believe others want to hear, not what they actually value, even if the survey is anonymous.
Or they just mean something different than ecofolks do when they say "fuel efficiency". It wasn't all that long ago that breaking 20mpg meant you were being fuel efficient.
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:59 PM   #244 (permalink)
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"Suitability for everyday use" is a lot higher on that survey than I see it on the roads.
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Anyone have comments on the wall O text I posted? The subject is too interesting for me to let go yet.

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Or they just mean something different than ecofolks do when they say "fuel efficiency". It wasn't all that long ago that breaking 20mpg meant you were being fuel efficient.
Sure, most people are bad at math, financial responsibility, reason, etc, etc. However, recent trends suggest vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient.



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"Suitability for everyday use" is a lot higher on that survey than I see it on the roads.
As I say, people deceive themselves, and therefore others. They will rationalize the suitability part of their vehicle purchase despite the fact that it was mostly an emotional decision.
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The article I read was about 3 or 4 years old.
But people must be lieing to them selves. Because if fuel economy was important to new car buyers then why is ford discontinuing most car sales in North America and other makes are discontinuing economy car lines?
Maybe buyers are thinking more along the lines of the dodge SUV gets 17mpg and the competing GMC SUV gets 19. Go with the GMC.
Both are as roof over prone as can be so safety isn't much of a concern either.
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...But people must be lieing to them selves.

...Maybe buyers are thinking more along the lines of the dodge SUV gets 17mpg and the competing GMC SUV gets 19. Go with the GMC.
Both are as roof over prone as can be so safety isn't much of a concern either.
As the survey shows, the #1 reported priority is safety, and people feel safer in large vehicles. We now live in a culture of feelings being considered more true than reality, so if it feels safer, it has to be safer, despite any information to the contrary.
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Anyone have comments on the wall O text I posted? The subject is too interesting for me to let go yet.
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This is my position in a nutshell: Most new car consumers don't think like I (we) do.
Okay I'll try: I'm with you that far, but then it goes into the weeds about financing, &etc.

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