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TextIf ever there was a car made for the times, this would seem to be it: a sporty subcompact that seats five, offers a navigation system, and gets a whopping 65 miles to the gallon. Oh yes, and the car is made by Ford Motor (F), known widely for lumbering gas hogs.
Ford's 2009 Fiesta ECOnetic goes on sale in November. But here's the catch: Despite the car's potential to transform Ford's image and help it compete with Toyota Motor (TM) and Honda Motor (HMC) in its home market, the company will sell the little fuel sipper only in Europe. "We know it's an awesome vehicle," says Ford America President Mark Fields. "But there are business reasons why we can't sell it in the U.S." The main one: The Fiesta ECOnetic runs on diesel
Yet while half of all cars sold in Europe last year ran on diesel, the U.S. market remains relatively unfriendly to the fuel. Taxes aimed at commercial trucks mean diesel costs anywhere from 40 cents to $1 more per gallon than gasoline. Add to this the success of the Toyota Prius, and you can see why only 3% of cars in the U.S. use diesel. "Americans see hybrids as the darling," says Global Insight auto analyst Philip Gott, "and diesel as old-tech."
Originally posted by rjmelter
If Fords haven't been reliable in the past I am sure you could link ot to job growth for Vehicle repair stores and the rising market of auto sales.
Originally posted by mdiinican
Back in the 80s, some models of CRX could get 40-41 miles per gallon, and those were gasoline-fueled and actually pretty sprightly. ...
Originally posted by bigshow
reply to post by mikellmikell
Will your "friend" give me a full refund if I purchase his "kit" which is probably a Hydrogen generator like everyone else is selling and I can prove it does not work as stated? This would be backed by dynomometer tests as well as data logs from the power train control module? Every test I've seen with one of those "contraptions" have yielded no gains to very very minimal gains. Also 500 HP in that large of a truck is not nearly enough horsepower to run a 10 second quarter mile. You would need at least 700-800 to get close.
[edit on 24-9-2008 by bigshow]