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Jim D

How dare the government bail out the auto industry's financial woes because they didn't

smarten up in the first place, and make cars that are cheaper to run, and better quality, and tone down the elitists SUV's.Are the manufacturers so blind that they didn't see their going out of business way back in the early 1950's when the VW bug became so popular?If we the people had been able to buy their cars in a more competitive market, they wouldn't be going out of business now, people would not lose their jobs, etc etc etc.
BUD 28:

Now would be a good time for Ford to bring their 65 mpg Focus back from Europe if Congress would let them.

Jim D:

That's so true. I am not familiar with this car, or it's history, but if it was basically sent away from home for it's gas mileage, someone in the government was a fool. People buy those foreign cars left and right, and if the US had one they would have bought it. I was around when the VW bug was first imported. Few and far between, then, suddenly those people who bought cheap fords and chevs were buying bugs, simply for the mileage.

Ginger:

They did not make cars that were cheaper to run because the consumers were wanting big SUVs and performance vehicles. They tooled for the consumer demand, like any business would do. When the price of gas went up, the people changed their minds about the gas guzzlers and left the auto manufacturers with large inventories of unmarketable vehicles and plants designed to build them.

Doctor Woot:

I was going to answer, but you covered all the bases and this is the best answer.

Ginger:

Thank you, m60a3.

Doctor Woot:

You are welcome

Jim D:

Thanks for your answer. It makes some sense, but it still grits my teeth to see this even happening. We (the people) basically will have to bail them out because we didn't buy the gas guzzlers, and we don't even get a car or anything in return. What a country, eh?

Chris:

IT'S all about the profits that can be made from oil.

Jim D:

That doesn't excuse the car makers for making those gas hog cars though. Unless the oil industry owns them too. Their profits have been going down for years. Seems to me they should have seen the light before it got this far.

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