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Old January 29th, 2008, 10:32   #1
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My last Thread didn't make it, may be this one will?

This from Autobloggreen:


Even though it's a simple fact that diesel-engined cars get more miles per gallon than equilavent gasoline-powered ones, convincing new car buyers in America to make the switch is proving difficult.

According to the latest Kelley Blue Book Marketing Research study (http://www.kbb.com/), the vast majority of in-market new-vehicle shoppers do not see diesel as a likely mainstream fuel source in the future.

This only proves that even well educated and knowelagable people
still believe in wives tales and half truths, and will blindly accept information from ill-informed people and sources.

A case in point, I worked for a major turbine engine maker as senior dsgn engineer, and my director was a brilliant gas turbine engineer, but never ever opened the hood of his car untill the oil light came on at 30,000 miles. You would thing a mechanical engineer would have some mechanical sympathy. but no, book smart, world dumb. that sums up the majority of the population.
"I've long seen myself as a cog in a larger machine, but that'll change next week when a cheaper cog from Mexico, India, PR, China,
(fill in country of choice) is shipped in to reduce the cost of screwing up parts."
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Old January 31st, 2008, 13:08   #2
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Originally Posted by Chuckdaddy
(snip) diesel-engined cars get more miles per gallon than equilavent gasoline-powered ones, convincing new car buyers in America to make the switch is proving difficult. (snip)
__. Good. If a big % of the US market became diesel, you know that the politicorobbers would up the tax on diesel. I'm happy "lying behind the log" and letting the politicorobbers aim their "car taxes" at gasoline.
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