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dursun Yes. But everybody was very much in love with SUVs 12 years ago.
Harvey, Although the Hyundai provides a much better warranty and, I guess, safety ratings.
Another thing I do not understand. Why a 6 cylinder engine, as opposed to a 4 cylinder ? 4 cylinders seemingly contribute more towards fuel efficiency.
I do not understand. If it's not a plug-in, how can it have an all electric range of 20 miles ? To have an all electric range a car has to be a plug-in. Am I missing something ? Otherwise, this car really looks very cool and seems like it would be very advanced as well as fuel efficient. Also it happens to exactly represent what I am looking for in cars these days. So, I strongly hope it will make its way into production. I already own a Kia Sorento, and think Kia makes great cars.
Sorry, I've read it wrong. It's 2600 cars over the next THREE years ! It's really pitiful. I just don't know what to say. The mighty Toyota manages to put together an electric car with the technological help of a market midget Tesla, and now they will be able to make as many as 2600 over the next THREE years. I don't know if I'm supposed to laugh or cry... So, maybe I'll just cry ...
2600 a year ? Is this some kind of joke ? 2600 is nothing, and it will have a negligible effect on anything ! The Leaf is expected to be manufactured in hundreds of thousands soon, while Toyota manages to come up with as many as 2600 !
I don't understand. Are they following everything that's happening in the technology, or what ? Just a few weeks ago Envia Systems, Inc with backing of the US government announced they made a breakthrough in battery technology that will allow a $20,000 car to have a range of 300 miles, and the battery will be half as heavy as a conventional lithium battery. So, who's telling the truth ?
Imagine what would have happened if higher gasoline taxes were implemented when oil prices were much lower, maybe in the early 1990s when oil was around $20/barrel. The higher gasoline prices would have pushed everyone towards more efficient cars, and we would be much better prepared to deal with energy problems today. Unfortunately this opportunity was missed, and we are where we are. But the article pretty much proves higher gasoline taxed would have worked.
This entire discussion is irrelevant. What is relevant, however, is that Envia Systems came up with an entire new battery, which they announced this week. With this new battery Ford Focus will most likely have the range of 200-300 miles. Same will apply to the Leaf and other EVs. Nissan wants to quckly mass produce its EVs, up to 200,000 this year, I believe. Where is Ford and other manufacturers ? We need lots of EVs, and fast !
Honda used to be such a strong brand. What happened to it ? They have to redo the new Civic. Seems like they also hastily redid the Crosstour. I considered the Crosstour some 2 years ago when I wanted to switch to a bigger car. Bought a Kia Sorento 2011, that has the same mpg as the improved Crosstour, same standard features already back there, but more utility, and am happy with it ever since.
It is a nice try. BUT, 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid does 43 mpg city and 41 hgwy, and it costs just about the same, $26,000. So, somehow it's always an uphill battle for Chevy, and Toyota seems to stay ahead.
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Dec 12, 2011