- May 15, 2012
- The land of USA-made Subies!
So I was driving for a couple hours, RATM soothing my nerves and further killing my poor cilia, and I got to thinking. So Ford and a couple other manufacturers are essentially killing all their gas sedans/coupes/wagons save a few notables, and replacing them with CUV/SUV/etc. That got me thinking about CAFE, and this is nothing political so please try to stay away from that. Cars are generally lighter, and more aerodynamic, and therefore more fuel efficient given an identical power train as an SUV/Van/etc. Yet automakers are killing them off left and right... which can't be good for their overall CAFE ratings. Still with me? So, here's the crux: have automakers been holding out on fuel-efficient technologies that will magically appear to save their CAFE hides, or is this a blatant, yet "silent" way to force us into EVs? Again, I'm avoiding the politics part because this is a global movement... basically, if you want to buy a "car", it will essentially have to be an EV since those are going to be the only ones left. And if you want to buy something with an ICE, it will be a bigger, bulkier, costlier CUV/etc which will then carry a higher effective price because you'll need to burn more fuel to travel the same distance. I personally don't see any other real explanation, because those companies' halo cars (Mustang, Corvette, etc) are still available, and they make the least amount of sense for a daily-use vehicle when contrasted against all the sedans and coupes that's have gotten and will get the axe. Thoughts?