Nevermind all the talk of fuel efficiency mandates. Judging by product rollouts at recent auto shows, some consumers still want racy, stylish cars. And automakers aren't hesitating to build them.
Call them dream cars. Chevrolet launched one at the North American International Auto Show in January: Its powerful new 2014 Corvette Stingray. Not to be outdone, McLaren Automotive rolled out the new hybrid P1, and Lamborghini introduced the high-powered Veneno at this week's Geneva Motor Show.
We call them dream cars for good reason. The 2014 Stingray is rumored to have an expected pricetag of $55,000, which is dreamy enough. But the McLaren P1 -- with only 375 units in production -- will run $1.15 million. And the Veneno -- possibly the ultimate in automotive exclusivity -- will cost $3.9 million. Only three will be built.
We've put together a few facts and photos of the Stingray, Veneno, and P1, the better to feed consumer fantasies. Click on the photo to begin dreaming ...
The $3.9M Lamborghini Veneno features a 6.5-liter, 12-cylinder engine. Working with a seven-speed transmission, it produces 750 HP and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. (Source: Automobili Lamborghini)
No, Ford alos went under several times. Remember when Lee Iacocca helped them recover? Volvo bailed them out as well as the government. And Ford has no better strategy to avoid the next bailout when gas goes over $5/gallon soon.
Chri. In your book how do you address the replacement tax that will be needed as petrol use declines. In the distant past the DOT controlled the highway use tax but now it is in the general fund and someone must "pay". Will we (property owners) all pay higher realestate tax to compensate for the drop in petrol tax revenue? Currently the USA exports more refined petroleum prodects than we import foreign crude (or the Fed numbers are wrong) so we can get by without importing crude for fuel. We are importing crude to make a profit and keep our people working.
Since no one is making the simple brown shoe minimal car with great mileage, I am not sure I understand the idea of disliking uniformity? We are buying uniform cars, but just expensive ones with bad mileage.
All electric has more than 100 mile range, so that can't be true. But all electric cars can easily double their range with simple changes like removing electric heat and going alcohol catalytic heat. More difficult but still easy would be things like swapable batteries, generator trailers, extreme size reduction, etc.
Most people just can't afford $35k. I need the old car for weekends. I just want a week day commuter that is for 1 or 2 people, but has to cost less than $15k. I don't care if it has 3 wheels or 4. That is what a lot of people want. No one sells it. It could easily be made.
My memory may be failing me, but when was the last time Ford was bailed out?
When we talk about "bailing out the American Auto industry", it should be understood that we bailed out GM and sold Chrysler to the Italians. Ford stood on its own. Why? They build cars that people want to buy.
Americans are individualists formost and always!! We don't all want 'brown shoe' cars.
We have started to look for a replacement for our present car. Going to the car lots all we seem to see are white, black, grey, silver or red BOXES! Whatever happened to cars with pretty colors? Whatever happened to cars that don't pretty much all look alike? We don't want Hitler's 'volkswagons' or Henry Ford's color: BLACK!!
High mileage is nice and we would like it too but not at the price of being stuck in a BOX like everyone has!
I think that is what makes these high end cars that are 'different' attractive even though we can't afford one!
We are on the same page then, GTO Lover. To me, gas is for retro cars, motorcyles, and plain old making a throaty exhaust note.
The beauty of the Volt is that it's first electric, but use the gas for the distance, if needed! It's like buying two cars in one really. Expensive? Not really when you consider this.
The Prius Plug-in starts at $32k, goes a whopping 12 miles on a charge, isn't eligible for the $7,500 tax credit, and doesn't have all the options my Volt has. But, it'll sell like hotcakes. WHY? WHY are we (again, that American Public I don't understand) CHOOSING this vehicle that is clearly less efficient, has a longer ROR, supports a foreign GNP, and looks not nearly as cool?
I do not know the mind of the American consumer. But your Harley purchase may give a clue. We like big and loud cost be dammed. I do not doubt the cost savings you get with your Volt. Kudos! But the discussion was why do American companies make expensive cars that get marginally better MPG (or in your case excellent MPG but still expensive). Where are the cheap high MPG cars?
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