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Why aren't the US Automakers building the "Blue Tech" Diesels for the US Market, like they already build for the European Market (stricter Green's Party Environmental Standards than the US). As Diesel Engines are easily converted to Bio Diesel (additional fuel filters and possibly a different preheater (heats the fuel before injection into engine)).
Why did Ford bury the 80 Miles Per Gallon car built during the 1970s Oil Crisis by College Students at Florida, as reported by Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, and a few Newspapers, the car with the metal cone shaped geared transmission all gears (hundreds of gear ratios) from underdrive to overdrive with no steps between gears (you do not shift between gears)., superturbocharged 4 cylinder diesel engine. That they drove to US Congress and asked why the US Automakers could not build a car like theirs. (If you don't believe this, go order the reprints of Popular Science and Popular Mechanics on DVDs/CDs).
And what happened to "Smokey's" (of Popular Mechanics) High Miles Per Gallon Engine, used heat to increase effectiveness (horsepower) and Miles Per Gallon.
And GM why aren't you building Diesel Engines except as 4 cylinders like your GM superturbocharged (supercharger linked to a turbocharger by a "quill shaft") General Motors 8V71T, 8-cylinder, diesel 405 hp engine as used on the 1962 M107 Self Propelled Artillery Gun, 1963 M110 Self Propelled Artillery Howitzer and M578 Recovery Vehicle. The Florida College Students did something similar (superturbocharged) except a 4 cylinder engine connected to the transmission above (over 150 hp, low rpm (less wear), at 80 mpg at 90 mph). Again Diesel is easily changed to Alternative Energy Bio Diesel (Recycled Cooking Oil).
What are your excuses GM, Ford, Chrysler.
Most of you gauges are to monitor everything you need to fly safely.
The car is on the ground you need to be looking where you are going all the time and be aware of your surroundings.
I am not against technology , but most of this auto technology is unnecessary and more likely to cause an accident by distraction. The dealers love it just think of the money they will make to maintain and repair it.
Also they ( the car dealers) will claim copy writes on the software needed to maintain and repair their brand of vehicle . Only their service departments can fix it . No competition = high prices.
This is just another application of existing technology. None of it is really ‘new’. The first few are just updated visuals so I don’t understand the hoopla. No one with half a brain is going to buy a car for an updated dash. Mercedes’s technology is the only manufacturer on this list that is truly innovative to the auto industry. You’re not going to find it on a cheap auto. They are going to wait for a car company with some real R&D to develop it first.