Registered: Jun 2006
Local time: 03:49 AM
It should not be as hard as it is to find an affordable fuel efficient car.
The U.S. went through one oil crisis back in the '70's, and as a consequence, in the '80's you could buy cars that got up to 40 - 50 miles per gallon on the highway. I know, I had one. Yet Nowdays, people act like its impressive to get 35 miles to the gallon.
I don't buy the line that the public stopped wanting fuel efficient cars. I never stopped, nor did most of my friends. There just has not been much of anything on the market for several years that really gets the kind of gas mileage we want, so we ended up stuck with buying the best we can find when we finally replaced our better mileage cars.
And don't get me started about hybrid cars. They cost an arm and a leg, and still don't compar to my old Mazda GLC from college. Alternative fuel cars and and truely fuel efficient hybrids should have been on the market 15 years ago. The corporate powers that be apparently just didn't care to bother producing them.
I realize there is a certain segment of society that has fallen into the craze for gas guzzling SUV's. (I wonder if those folks ever heard about the dangers related to roll overs in those things). But I don't believe the demand for truely fuel efficient vehicles disappeared...this viable market has just been ignored by a lazy auto industry in favor of the fast and easy cash produced by the SUV market.