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Hot cars in Detroit: Small, electric and sporty
Yahoo/AP ^ | January 16, 2010 | Tom Krisher

Posted on 01/16/2010 2:05:18 PM PST by Need4Truth

DETROIT (AP) -- More than any auto show in recent memory, the new cars rolled out this week out at the Detroit auto show will redefine what we drive in the future.

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: automakers; automobile; detroit; fordmotor; hybrids
Sounds a bit presumptuous to me. New product development is a real crap shoot but I wouldn't expect Obamanoids to realize that.
1 posted on 01/16/2010 2:05:23 PM PST by Need4Truth
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To: Need4Truth
I think its the key to freeing America off dependence on imported oil.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

2 posted on 01/16/2010 2:08:11 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Need4Truth

I believe it...just like I believed the Saturn Car comercials with that black guy in the lime green silk shirt that told me how smart Saturn car buyers were and how Saturn knows better than anyone how to build cars.


3 posted on 01/16/2010 2:08:22 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: Need4Truth

picture your small automobile getting into an accident with an 18-wheeler. You had better keep your affairs in order.


4 posted on 01/16/2010 2:13:57 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine
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To: Need4Truth
the Detroit auto show will redefine what we drive in the future

No they won't, I decide what I will drive in the future, I've been driving the same F150 for 15 yrs and plan on another 15, Screw them.

5 posted on 01/16/2010 2:14:42 PM PST by MrPiper
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To: Need4Truth
Hot cars in Detroit: Small, electric and sporty (for about a hundred yards)
6 posted on 01/16/2010 2:14:53 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Deathcare...a solution desperately looking for a problem.)
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To: Need4Truth

“Hot” from a new technology and wow-factor point of view.

NOT “Hot” from a consumer demand and profitability POV.

Two very different things, of course.


7 posted on 01/16/2010 2:17:46 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Need4Truth
New product development is a real crap shoot but I wouldn't expect Obamanoids to realize that.

Oh baloney...auto execs always know exactly which models will find an appreciative market...


8 posted on 01/16/2010 2:20:44 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama: "Always doing the opposite of what needs to be done!")
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To: Need4Truth

That fad will take care of itself once the sporty meets and suv barreling towards them.


9 posted on 01/16/2010 2:24:01 PM PST by Flavius
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To: Need4Truth

Thank God Ford will continue to produce vehicles that most Americans want....and they are not beholden to Obama and his merry band of socialists.


10 posted on 01/16/2010 2:29:05 PM PST by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Need4Truth

Thank God Ford will continue to produce vehicles that most Americans want....and they are not beholden to Obama and his merry band of socialists.


11 posted on 01/16/2010 2:29:10 PM PST by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: goldstategop
I've seen the Smart car and other street legal golf carts on the road.
Maybe in a big city they might be viable, just like the Segway scooter makes sense for mall security.
But outside in the rest of the country where it rains, snows, and gets windy they are useless.
Wasn't the number one car sold during cash for clunkers the Ford F-150?

No, you want to free America from foreign oil develop the resources here, not lock them away. Coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, all need to be green lighted.

I will never drive such a go cart and I would never risk my family in one.

You want one, go ahead. It's your money but you are in the minority.

12 posted on 01/16/2010 2:29:41 PM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: goldstategop

I’m glad they are finally putting some real engineering talent to these kind of options for consumers myself.


13 posted on 01/16/2010 2:32:07 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
I always thought the Edsel was pretty cool looking.....a nice version of the late fifties theme.

Marketing is everything.

14 posted on 01/16/2010 2:32:36 PM PST by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: MrPiper

That is not good enough. First they will give you the choice, then the guilt trip, then the ultimatum, then the fine.


15 posted on 01/16/2010 2:37:29 PM PST by willyd (Reducing Taxes Reduces our Carbon Footprint)
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To: Need4Truth

Do any come with bag racks in the rear and ball and tee holder consoles?


16 posted on 01/16/2010 2:38:19 PM PST by screaminsunshine (!!three if by government)
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To: IrishCatholic
Agreed, but the bambamplan is to make sure we don't HAVE other choices.

Next step is to make importing anything that doesn't meet his green standard completely beyond affordable by way of duties.

These guys need to realize the power of nuclear energy and run with it. All the dreaming in the world about solar and wind energy will get us no closer to it actually being affordable or usable.

Ah, yea, and while I am ranting... I wish they would call it something else besides "green". I hate green and I'm damn sick of hearing it.

17 posted on 01/16/2010 2:38:41 PM PST by FunkyZero ("It's not about duck hunting !")
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

But can they pull my 40 ft 5th wheel RV?


18 posted on 01/16/2010 2:39:03 PM PST by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: Need4Truth
The new GM "Bean" -- gets 100 Km per liter of petrol.


19 posted on 01/16/2010 2:39:56 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: bikerman
"But can they pull my 40 ft 5th wheel RV?"

This can-"P4XL-The Ultimate SUV"

20 posted on 01/16/2010 2:48:39 PM PST by this_ol_patriot (I saw manbearpig and all I got was this lousy tagline.)
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To: IrishCatholic

Yup. What source of energy do they think they’ll be charging their scooter from? Wind, solar?


21 posted on 01/16/2010 2:48:41 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: bikerman

“But can they pull my 40 ft 5th wheel RV?”

Some of the hybrid SUVs might...hehe

I doubt with vehicles based on new technology there can be a one size fits all any more than there is now. I doubt anybody will be pulling that RV with a ford escort either. I figure if we can substantially dent oil usage with something that would work where the most resources is used, commuting to work and around town driving, it would be a great thing. But as pointed out in other threads, obama is not allowing for building up the infrastructure to support these new green cars. I don’t see solar or wind being usable on the macro scale and given what he told the DOE this week and what he has already said about oil and coal, I just don’t see how this is going to work.


22 posted on 01/16/2010 2:49:43 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Victor
My ex-wife's father bought one...and it was a real lemon.

What I have heard about the Edsel was that it was an expensive car introduced when the country was in recession and it was plagued with shoddy workmanship (probably because in part Edsel was a new division but had to rely on Ford for manufacture and because Edsel's innovations were complex and men on the assembly line were unfamiliar with them).

I remember hearing that some of the first Edsels deliveried to dealers had notes tied onto the steering wheel identifying the parts that were missing.

That said, it was a beautiful automobile.

23 posted on 01/16/2010 2:51:50 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama: "Always doing the opposite of what needs to be done!")
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To: DonaldC
"I figure if we can substantially dent oil usage with something that would work where the most resources is used, commuting to work and around town driving, it would be a great thing. But as pointed out in other threads, obama is not allowing for building up the infrastructure to support these new green cars. I don’t see solar or wind being usable on the macro scale and given what he told the DOE this week and what he has already said about oil and coal, I just don’t see how this is going to work."

The solution is out there, has been tried and used effectively. People just got tired of manure in the streets.

24 posted on 01/16/2010 2:54:19 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: this_ol_patriot

DANG! Place a few turrets on that thing and it’d be a mobile zombie plowing unit.


25 posted on 01/16/2010 2:55:01 PM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: RandallFlagg

Saw one on HDTheater this morning, young lass pulling her boat with it. 250 grand but it’s a Freightliner in SUV clothing, awesome piece of work.


26 posted on 01/16/2010 3:03:56 PM PST by this_ol_patriot (I saw manbearpig and all I got was this lousy tagline.)
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To: Need4Truth
More than any auto show in recent memory, the new cars rolled out this week out at the Detroit auto show will redefine what we drive in the future.

I suspect the market will determine what sells and what doesn't. Obamaoids aren't generally upscale purchasers.

27 posted on 01/16/2010 3:07:17 PM PST by khenrich (And people thought Jimmy Carfter was our worst president........)
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To: Need4Truth

Detroit can keep them, I won’t drive anything small or electric!


28 posted on 01/16/2010 3:12:00 PM PST by dalereed
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To: goldstategop

“I think its the key to freeing America off dependence on imported oil. “

Bullshit!!!!
Drill and use the humdreds of years of oil in California!


29 posted on 01/16/2010 3:13:05 PM PST by dalereed
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

what is POV?


30 posted on 01/16/2010 3:14:26 PM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed

Point of View


31 posted on 01/16/2010 3:20:08 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Need4Truth

32 posted on 01/16/2010 3:26:06 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Type it out you lazy bastard!!!!!!


33 posted on 01/16/2010 3:28:58 PM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed; ProtectOurFreedom
Type it out you lazy bastard!!!!!!

Don't talk to POF that way.

34 posted on 01/16/2010 3:31:19 PM PST by Stentor (The Criminal Obama Administration.)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
picture your small automobile getting into an accident with an 18-wheeler. You had better keep your affairs in order.

Actually if you get into an accident with an 18 wheeler and you are not driving a tank you had better have your affairs in order.

Small car or large SUV, an 18 wheeler will crush you.

35 posted on 01/16/2010 3:31:31 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (I miss the competent fiscal policy and flag waving patriotism of the Carter Administration)
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To: MrPiper
No they won't, I decide what I will drive in the future, I've been driving the same F150 for 15 yrs and plan on another 15, Screw them.

No kidding. I have two that I can probably keep going for the rest of my life or until the government mandates that I report to the scrapyard with them.
36 posted on 01/16/2010 3:33:28 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Need4Truth

Nope. I want big cars and muscle cars.


37 posted on 01/16/2010 3:47:47 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Stentor

That alaphabet soup crap is equivalent to 1st degree murder!


38 posted on 01/16/2010 4:55:27 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Need4Truth

I won’t be driving them.


39 posted on 01/16/2010 6:58:59 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Need4Truth


More than any auto show in recent memory, the new cars rolled out
this week out at the Detroit auto show will redefine what we drive
in the future.

And leave millions of drivers worldwide longing for the good old
days of Detroit metal.

And cursing the MBAs and UAW members of Ford, Government Motors
and Chrysler for the moronic and kleptocratic way in which they ruined
a beautiful vision.


40 posted on 01/16/2010 7:16:58 PM PST by VOA
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To: Need4Truth

Made by Government Motors or the UAW? No thanks!


41 posted on 01/16/2010 7:24:41 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Looking back on it, the Edsel was a sweet ride. I realize it was a failure in sales but in a similar vein many great artists weren’t recognized until long after their deaths.


42 posted on 01/16/2010 7:32:24 PM PST by grand wazoo
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To: grand wazoo
As an auto nut, I think the auto as an art form is often overlook by many buyers. But for most people, even when they don't think about it, it is the biggest work of art they'll ever buy (not that all models qualify as "good" art).

That said, the Edsel is a real work of art! The ultimate in automotive styling for the late 50's.

43 posted on 01/17/2010 3:37:20 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama: "Always doing the opposite of what needs to be done!")
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To: this_ol_patriot

Very nice but is it green,didnt notice any solar panels or extra battery’s. My Dodge Ram hauls it quite nice.I average 14 MPG hauling and 24 without.


44 posted on 01/17/2010 3:38:53 AM PST by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: bikerman
Very nice but is it green,..

Very not green at all, it's a greenies nightmare, sucks diesel like a New Orleans hooker but then again if you have a quarter mil to spend on that bad boy who cares about fuel costs.

45 posted on 01/17/2010 5:10:40 AM PST by this_ol_patriot (I saw manbearpig and all I got was this lousy tagline.)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Thanks for the little bit of history- I’m a car nut.....it figures that Edsel was so plagued with production problems.


46 posted on 01/17/2010 6:01:42 AM PST by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
picture your small automobile getting into an accident with an 18-wheeler. You had better keep your affairs in order.

As opposed to what? The 18-wheeler has such a great weight advantage that it will always transfer its kinetic energy onto you, even in a Hummer.
47 posted on 01/17/2010 7:41:37 AM PST by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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