Dear Mr. Ford (a modest proposal)

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john cline ii wrote:


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.

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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... RWD, I6... http://www.ford.com.au/global/pdf/range/falcon/falcon_range_specs.pdf 190kW = 255hp 383Nm = 282ftlb 10.9L/100km = 21.6mpg
Better than the CAFE inspired SUVs I'm sure.
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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 ;)
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