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#539 of 543 More 4 Cylinders and Hybribs and Fewer V8s
Oct 27, 2010 (4:52 am)
It's happening, and the trend is bound to accelerate, as the next increase in mileage regs goes into effect in 2014. It is evident among my neighbors and friends who've traded their cars since the last message was posted on this forum, in July 2008.
Did the last car you bought have better fuel economy than the one it replaced?
#540 of 543 next one will
Oct 27, 2010 (10:30 am)
probably the next car purchase in my family will be something to replace our Odyssey minivan. And I hope to make it be something that gets better MPG, especially around town!
the Ford C-maxx (or whatever it will be called) or Mazda 5 look perfect. To me at least, not sure about the wife! she probably wants some sort of CUV, and most of those dont get any better MPG than the van, unless you go real small (and I doubt that is happening).
MPG though will not be the primary consideration, but it will be in the equation.
#541 of 543 More Hybrids, Electrics, and Upgraded Compacts
Aug 01, 2011 (6:28 am)
Well, we're seeing it already, but the pace will quicken, maybe exponentially as we get to 2020, and then race to even tighter standards to meet 54.5 mpg by 2025. Virtually every major manufacturer is introducing or expanding its offerings of hybrids. Most, such as Nissan/Renault, BMW, and Fiat are developing full electrics. Weight reduction and space efficiency are being given more attention than at any time in the past. Finally, a wide array of technology, such as start/stop (just one of countless examples), are being employed to improve fuel efficiency.
Among the effects of the sum total of these changes will be significant vehicle price increases. More buyers will be relegated to the used market. Cars will become throw-away items to a greater extent than even today, as the cost of repairing a car that's been in an accident becomes increasingly uneconomical. I'm also thinking that driving and car ownership will probably be less fun.
And that's just for starters.
#542 of 543 glass half full or empty
Aug 01, 2011 (9:58 am)
I see it as half full because of this...
But, I wonder if the moderators should focus the CAFE threads. It seems we have three. Maybe we need just one? Close the other two?? I don't care which one, but it does seem like people here should have one thread in news and views to talk about this important issue...
#543 of 543 Re: glass half full or empty [benjaminh]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 05, 2012 (11:28 am)
Let's pick it up here.