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#1590 of 2056 Re: Buick-GMC Sales Stats- 2010 vs 2011 [crankeee]
Apr 23, 2011 (6:31 am)
We do pay more taxes on gas guzzlers in form of the tax on gasoline and on any taxable repairs.
The American people will buy what they want and at the price they can afford. The Auto companies have to build to the public demands. Of course the public is fickle and will change their minds depending on the days news. Unfortunately the Auto companies cannot change production that quickly so they will always lag behind.
Many talk about having an all electric vehicles. This is very impractical as the distance travelled is such that you must always have another car to use if the trip is over 50 to 100 miles. In big cities this is not unusual for people to drive this distance on one trip. Therefore a combination electric/gas powered is the only answer (as per the Volt) to not having a second car for longer trips. All electric just will not work as a single car for most of us.
Battery research has been going on for years without a whole lot of change and it will probably continue to go on with minor changes for the next 5 to 10 years. I simply cannot stop every 60 to 100 miles to recharge for a few hours.
I have great hope for cars like the Volt but the cost of the combination will be high (but less than the cost of two cars). To me it is the only answer to having an efficient combination to have only one car. Having two cars (one all electric and the other gas fueled) to handle my requirements make no sense. Maybe 70 % of my trips would be within the restrictions of an all electric auto BUT I would still need a second car that would handle the other 30% longer trips.
The other problem is the electric grid - it has trouble now handling our electric demands. Thin what the problems would be to have millions of cars plugged in day and night charging their batteries. Since it is almost impossible to build new electric generating plants - some object to whatever fuels them - I don't see a solution to this problem for years to come.
Solutions are not near as easy as some people would lead one to believe. We like our big cars and trucks and I see no way this will change to any great amount in the foreseeable future. Just give me a car like the Lacrosse with a better mileage (however it is obtained) and I certainly will be happy. But I do not want to lose any of the creature comforts it gives me now.
#1591 of 2056 Re: Buick-GMC Sales Stats- 2010 vs 2011 [cooleydd]
Apr 23, 2011 (10:34 am)
I agree with your comments. The point I was trying to make is exactly what you say. The American public will continue to buy whatever they can afford and want - that's why it is America. The resulting problem is that since we do that and some Americans chose to buy say a Hummer for whatever reason and it gets 8 MPG, we, as a nation, use more fuel than if the person bought a Lacrosse that averages 24 or so (3X better MPG). I think that person s/b taxed or pay more for his/her gas due to his choice that has an impact on price and demand for the fuel used by the whole nation. True they pay for more fuel, but that does not offset the higher price that has to be paid by all due to the absence of an effective energy policy. guess we will keep going to war to feed our demand for more, not less oil.
gotta love these Lacrosse and other choices that offer safety, room, and MPG of 20 in town and close to 30 MPG at 65 on the highway.
Thank you Bob Lutz (Semper Fi!).
#1592 of 2056 Re: Buick-GMC Sales Stats- 2010 vs 2011 [cooleydd]
Apr 23, 2011 (1:55 pm)
cooleydd, ...I agree with you on the buying habits of Americans but not on the range limitations of future Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). Take for example, an American company, in cooperation with the Japanese government and a Japanese taxi company who designed a “refueling” station for electric cars. The station does not recharge the depleted batteries but instead replace them with a fresh car battery in one minute and 59 seconds.
Think about that for a moment, in two minute the old battery can be swapped for a fresh one; in less time than a gasoline fill up. So, any thought of range anxiety or the need to have a second car is eliminated. And guess what? in the process will create millions of new jobs to put this new infrastructure in place. I saw a video on this but can’t quite remember where, but meanwhile here is a link with some more details http://www.itechdiary.com/battery-replacement-stations-for-electric-powered-taxi- - - -in-tokyo.html
P.S: Here is the video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lp_6VyIeSY
#1593 of 2056 Re: Buick-GMC Sales Stats- 2010 vs 2011 [bwia]
Apr 23, 2011 (6:34 pm)
On the battery replacement>
Think what the cost would be for a supply of all batteries for all electric cars and there cost at roughtly $10,000 per. What would be the rental to make this a going business (including the charging). What would be the cost of the inventory, Also be sure to include the cost of the facility, the upkeep and the profit.
Doubt that we would pay the calculated amount for a "battery charge".
#1594 of 2056 Re: Buick-GMC Sales Stats- 2010 vs 2011 [cooleydd]
Apr 26, 2011 (6:01 am)
It would show you the true cost of owning an electric compared to a time when self-serve was not available for gas.
To reduce start-up cost they'd have to standardize batteries so that there were a minimum number of variants. If they could cut it to less than 6 different batteries available, it might be doable. I read that some of these batteries with special equipment for charging can be charged in about 1/2 hour. They'd only need enough batteries on hand to satisfy peak customer demand for about 40 minutes, allowing for turn-around. Testing should determine the battery as good or bad, that is holding a minimum charge. That way you'd pay a share of cost for always having a good battery set, the charge and testing, the swap, and enough to create a profit margin for the business.
#1595 of 2056 Re: Buick-GMC Sales Stats- 2010 vs 2011 [e_net_rider]
Apr 26, 2011 (9:55 am)
Good points but think about making a change every day and maybe more times a day depending on where you go. To me it looks like the economics would never make it possible - unless, of course, there was no other fuel.
May 03, 2011 (6:13 am)
If I have the car in park, zero miles per hour, parking brake on, and get the RPM,s to 1500 my enitre car shakes. Does anyone know why this is happening? Does the same thing happen to your LaCrosse? I have a 2010 3.6L CX.
#1597 of 2056 Why is Buick LaCrosse Sales Slowing? [bwia]
May 04, 2011 (5:14 am)
However, comparable sales for 2011 show a steady decrease
2011 January 3,771 – (11.2%) decrease
2011 February 8,100 – (2.3%) decrease
2011 March 12,939 – (9.8%) decrease
2011 April 5,649 vs April 2010 5,236 -- (+7.9%) increase
Someone had mentioned to whom Lacrosse is losing sales, well it is to the Impala and Malibu whose sales for April were 21,071 and 24,701 units, which represent volume increases of 30.5% and 49.4% respectively.
By comparison, 4,525 Regals were sold in April.
#1598 of 2056 Re: Why does my car shake [50324lacrosse]
May 04, 2011 (11:48 am)
Yes and no satisfactory answer.
I talked to parts dept today and they told me GM had told them to keep using the old oil filter until depleted, then use PF63. That does not make sense either. Or that GM told parts that they are the same oil filter.
I have an appointment to take in next Monday and a list of 15 items I want them to take care of. And that is not all, but it will be a start.
#1599 of 2056 Re: Why does my car shake [50324lacrosse]
May 06, 2011 (7:37 am)
I definitely recommend taking the vehicle to be diagnosed. Do you have a case set up with GM Customer Service? Please keep us posted on any information.
Caron, GM Customer Service