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Does government 'help' make new cars unaffordable?

GasBuddy Blog -- Does the U.S. economy need a healthy automobile industry? I think we all agree it certainly does. But do you wonder if the help the federal government is giving it just might be choking it too?

We have a federal government that is eager to impose corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards that will bring the corporate average fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 regardless of whether automakers can cost-effectively meet the requirement or consumers demand it. Is anyone eager to absorb the sticker shock their newfound fuel efficiency might bring? It doesn’t matter.

Aggressive CAFE standards push vehicles costs skyward and according to Nick Bunkley, reporter for Automotive News, “five years from now the...


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18andLife
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 8:47:07 PM

Who can afford to buy a new car anymore? Not me!
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jetta: you're so right.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:57:32 PM

How about cars with good gas mileage........You can get them in Europe and Canada about hard to find some of the great models 50 MPG + here at home!!
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 9:49:20 AM

President Obama said in 2010 that “the true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra.” He couldn’t be more wrong. Companies that are innovating and creating real value for consumers are the engine of economic growth, and they’re doing it without millions in taxpayer funding.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 4:53:25 AM

All that R&D has to be paid for SOMEHOW...
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 3:06:57 AM

of course they can cost efficiently meet them
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 10:31:36 PM

The government is too busy with religion, political correctness and high taxes.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 8:56:15 PM

yes.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 6:01:53 PM

sounds good
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 4:54:41 PM

This will make cars more expensive.
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nickatnite
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 2:45:09 PM

If the new standards cause car companies to loose money, democrats will just bail them out again...
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 12:42:27 PM

If there are fewer new cars, the value of the car I own stays higher. Thank you government.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 12:14:50 PM

Hmmmmmm!
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:58:10 AM

Throwing in more alternative energy vehicles into the mix will raise the CAFE standard. Or don't non-fuel cars count towards CAFE?
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:57:52 AM

most likely
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:55:39 AM

Yes - government interference makes new autos unaffordable! Your "Prius" is neither practical - nor "affordable" for me!

CAFE standards are a totally unnecessary, intrusive nuisance. American drivers who prefer higher mpg vehicles may buy them - and if they buy enough of them, the automakers will continue to make more and more of them.

If American drivers prefer larger autos or trucks and buy more them - the same will hold true.

The MARKETPLACE should dictate fuel efficiency - not the arbitray CAFE standards!
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:55:11 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:54:54 AM

Does posting old atricle help the readers of GAsbuddy?
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:54:27 AM

Tired biased opinion piece.

I welcome the decades of dragging automakers kicking and screaming to making safer more fuel efficient vehicles.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:54:20 AM

Hell No.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:53:59 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:50:49 AM


An opinion, not news. Please go back to posting good solid news PD.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:48:58 AM

OLD NEWS!
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:46:25 AM

Agree with gasman50.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:45:45 AM

YES!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:42:48 AM

I love my Prius!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:42:48 AM

Waaaaay too much government......
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:42:19 AM

that is what they do
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:40:27 AM

The government fails to take into account the unintended consequences of their "good" motives.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:39:54 AM

This is not a question, it is a fact jack.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:38:34 AM

:(
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:37:36 AM

Not just no, but .... no!
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:37:36 AM

No and this is old old news!
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:37:26 AM

All of this to bring the cars up to 54 mpg will cost thousands per vehicle. Thank Obama.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:36:27 AM

Old news!
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:36:23 AM

This is to drive up cost to make electric look better. We need a change at many levels of our government.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:35:54 AM

don't care...I don't buy american cars!
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:33:21 AM

so true.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:31:11 AM

Yes
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yes
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:27:07 AM

Of course they drive up costs.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:26:49 AM

How many times should we read the same article?
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:25:19 AM

I think so...
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:24:14 AM

Thank you for posting.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:23:20 AM

wang91554: Bonne question. (Good question.)

The Big Day: the iphones are coming. Eeeeeeeeehaaaaaa.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:19:06 AM

I dont think so.
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:18:35 AM

YES!!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:18:13 AM

Are you kidding?

I fill up my Prius once a month and the most I've ever paid for a fill-up is $30. I save gobs of money because I have a fuel efficient vehicle. Sure, the car cost more to buy in the first place but I did the numbers before I bought. The first two years I owned the car was spent paying off the added sticker price compared to similar-sized gas-only cars. After that, it's been pure gravy. Gas was over $5 a gallon recently in California after a couple of refineries were offline. It didn't affect me a bit.

Bring on the CAFE requirements and other incentives for even more fuel efficient cars. It's money in my pocket every time I pass a gas station!
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what, let China build everything?
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yes! Who needs a air gage on each tire!
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