It's not hard at all in a technical sense to put out a car of almost
any design. The question is whether consumers will be willing to shell
out money for the that particular configuration. Car makers generally
make a decision to sell cars that sell well no matter whether they are
SUVs or Hybrids. Short of government mandated minimum milage standard
you can expect to see a mix of cars from each car maker that hopefully
maximizes their sales. The mix will differ company to company.
Guess wrong too often or be sluggish in responding to changing consumer
demands and you will join the many other auto makers who disappeared.
RWD, powerful, and low fuel economy don't have to go together. Leave off
powerful and RWD and good fuel economy isn't hard at all.
First, who's saying they have to be big? RWD doesn't have to be big.
Pintos, Vegas, and even early small japanese cars were all RWD.
Ford could start out with a Focus sized RWD car with a (turbocharged) 4
cylinder and work up from there.
As far as larger goes... Look at the fuel economy numbers of plain falcon...
190kW = 255hp
383Nm = 282ftlb
10.9L/100km = 21.6mpg
Better than the CAFE inspired SUVs I'm sure.
The 300 HP RWD V8 Mustang GT and the 345 HP RWD V8 Chrysler both have an EPA
highway rating of 25 MPG, 2 MPG higher than a 1980 Pinto. Even the 500 HP
2005 Ford GT had an EPA highway rating of 21 MPG ;)
john cline ii wrote:
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