posted on Oct, 29 2008 @ 10:29 PM
reply to post by FX44rice
I'm not sure that cost to produce is all of the picture.
Over here, US cars are on the same footing as other imports - and they just don't stand up in most cases.
Take the Mustang, for example. Nice cars. Had a lot of fun in mustangs, myself. Not a fanboy, but definitely a fan.
I'm looking for a new car at the moment. At the nearest Ford dealer, a 2008 Mustang V8 GT coupe will set me back about 4.5M¥.
Here's 3 other sports coupes/sedans I've been looking at that I can get for the same money or less - 2008 models, all new:
Alfa Romeo 159Ti
BMW 320i (sport package)
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO
Putting those 4 cars back to back, the Mustang just doesn't stand up. The electronics might stand up better than the Alfa's over time, but that's
about it. It's better looking than the EVO, but the EVO is a far better car. That V8 sucks back a lot of fuel, and while it might stomp the BMW
between the lights, on mountain roads (which is just about all I've got) the BMW's handling would leave the Mustang miles behind and wrapped around
a tree - and use less gas doing it.
Why would I choose a Mustang over the other 3?
Why would anyone?
In the USA, prices on domestic cars are lower. In the rest of the world, they have to compete with the rest of the world - and the bang for the buck
is just not there.
[edit on 29-10-2008 by vox2442]