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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.
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?
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.
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!