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Jan 15, 2011 4:26AM
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Hey Detroit....I looked at the new cars on display.  I see the name is "Detroit" but all three of the cars are not domestic models.  Your BMW models, the Mercedes, the Hundai and all are beautiful, however, the car show used to show off the U.S. manufactures cars, not foreign made "stuff".  Way to go USA, support the imports and forget the home built models.
Jan 15, 2011 2:56AM
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What happened when a house cost 30% of the household income per month.  USA average is about $50,000 pre-tax for a family of 4.  2 vehicles like the trucks, BMWs, Hybrids,  will cost 900 dollars a month    Add insurance, gas, food, schoo;, and home and your broke.  Dreams are nice but reality sucks
Jan 15, 2011 9:51AM
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Say what you want about import cars. Bottom line. THE PROFITS go to other countries.

Wake up. If you are so anti-American, try living someplace else.  

Jan 14, 2011 6:30PM
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Why are there no small affordable TDI cars here? Ford sells the 45MPG AWD Kuga Turbodiesel for about $25K offshore. Toyota sells its excellent 60+MPG $22K D-4D powered Yaris offshore too. Are you seriously asking me to believe that Mahindra and VW are the only companies technically proficient enough to pass our EPA tests? Hey - VW DOESN'T have a hybrid - cooincidence or fate? 

Jan 15, 2011 5:32AM
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I'd like to see some of the  70's body styles with the new technology inside. That is; exact replicas of the Trans Ams, Riviera's, Chevell's, Skyhawks etc. Loved those long hoods, and long wheelbases. Made for an incredibly smooth ride. Clint's Gran Torino; that was a cool look and it was only a B level car. Still better looking than a lot of the stamped stuff coming off the lines. Even the AMC Gremlin looked better than a few of the concepts from the last few shows.
Jan 15, 2011 9:07AM
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I work on cars and after 35 years i can say VW IS THE WORST, poor warranty, over complicated parts, toyota quality has declined over the year's.  Ford has the most advanced manufacturing plant in the world, and guess what its not in America, you can thank the unions for American car manufacturing leaving America, the demands got to be excessive, for the money Honda is the best buy, good resale few problems, FORD  is showing a strong recovery, that's a good thing.  The future will bring more diesel cars, there more efficient. electric is to dirty, when you think of green think of cradle to grave.  It takes electricity to charge a battery  it caused pollution, hydrogen is the cleanest but the technology is years away. Me I a chevy truck 115000 miles on the original brakes can toyota do that?  
Jan 15, 2011 5:44AM
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What i think is sick is, Ford has been selling a Diesel Ranger in Brazil for many years now but the Government wont let Ford sell it here in the states.  Ford has quite a few cars, gas and diesel, that they can only sell in other countries and not here.  All these cars get 40+ mpg and with less emitions.

 

Asking the government why would only generate a lie but to make an educated guess, i will say its because they dont want to many fuel efficient cars running around.  They would rather allow the gas guzzlers from other countries to come into our country to burn up all the gas so they still get their 0.40 to 0.50 cents per gallon.  If they allowed these efficient cars in the country, they would loose alot of money.  The federal tax on a gallon of gas used to be around 0.40 to 0.50 cents. Not sure if its still the same with  the hike in fuel price.

 

Another fine example of the government controlling something they have no business trying to control.

 

I also have noticed that the top ten best cars of the Detroit show went from USA assembled cars to a mix of domestic and foreign.  Notice how i said, assembled.  Thats because there is NO car totally 100% made here in the USA and hasnt been for many years.  This is the only way we can afford to buy a new american assembled car and you can all thank the union for this.

 

Just bought a new 2010 Ford Ranger about 8 monthes ago.  Final assembly point is Louiseville, KY.  Do you see whats wrong with that sentence?  I will break it down for you.  FINAL ASSEMBLY.  Im not 100% sure where the rest of the parts were made for my Ranger, i will guess some or most was made in Canada and Mexico, but there is a sticker right on the side of the enigine that says made in Germany.

 

So sick at where this country is going and there really is nobody to blame but us Americans.  We all want higher wages but lower prices on everything.  This forces companies to build things in other countries where they can pay their employees less then a dollar per hour to do the same work that an American wants $20+ per hour.  Depending on the country, the people cant wait to get to work and work with much integrity.  Americans find ways to get out of work but yet still want paid for missing work and when they have to be there, bitch and complain all day.  well, sorry to bring this up here, this is a whole other arguement.

 

Jan 15, 2011 2:21AM
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To Big Bruno (big something anyway) Chrysler was a fine car company with great product plans, solid profits and 12 billion saved for product development. Then Daimler/Mercedes lied to the FTC about a merger of equals and did a hostile take over. They stole the 12 billion, raped the company and after they had sucked it dry they cast it to the side of the road like a broken down work horse. Keep buying European. You deserve each other.
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Anyway, Ive been off tangent here. This is a comment board about cars. Though what I say is real and affects us all this is not the place for it.

Back to cars. American cars have came a long way since the crap of the 70's and 80's. Id buy an American car today over an import. Anybody who thinks that the Taurus, Fusion, Malibu, Corvette, Mustang, Volt and a majority of other American cars cant stand up to the foreigners need to open their eyes and do a little research. Personally, Id like to buy the Taurus SHO but Im in the "working poor" class and could never afford a new car.

Good Luck, Prosperous New Year to all on this board!

 

Jan 15, 2011 8:52AM
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After working for Ford for 22 years, my plant built a new plant in Mexico to build the same product there. The quality there was bad and our plant supplied to Fords quality cars and Mexico supplied the cheeper cars. Ford findly forced all the product to Mexico and my plant closed. I walked right in to a new plant that supplies product to Honda in Greensburg Indiana. I feel bitter toword Ford and will never buy another Ford and I'm Glad that there is companys that are investing in the United States. The reason for working is to support your family and if you need to work they are giving Americans a place to work.
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