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Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 2:28 PM
Subject: Re: GM's Dick Wagonwheel dont wanna rub butts in bed with french
Well Canada and Mexico are part of North America. And as a Canadian friend
pointed out, Canadians are Americans (well at least those that don't live in
Quebec). In fact any resident of North or South America can claim to be an
American. I know most residents of the United States think that we are THE
Americans, but that is not technically correct. In fact we don't have a
common name that concretely separates US residents from other residents of
the Americas (like Canadian, or Mexican). I also imagine the contracts
specify that the 70% content must come from North American sources (which
still includes Mexico in my Geography books - Central America begins at
Not so, as it applies to the VIN. '2' is indicated for Canada and '3' is
indicated for Mexico, evn if all of the parts happened to be NAP or even
American made Content as it apples to the VIN is ONLY American. The US it
is '1' if over 70% '4' if more than 40% but less than 70% '5' if less than
40% AMERICAN NOT North American content. This is the last time I will try
to enlighten anybody on this subject. You're free to believe whatever you
chose, if that is what you prefer
So why did you make the claim about gas mileage? Also are you counting
cars that are nearly identical as different models or as a single
model. For example, the Toyota Echo and Scion Xa are nearly identical.
Hmmm, then why is GM constantly at risk of failing to meet CAFE
requirements while Toyota and Honda easily beat the threshold year after
year. I guess that is because GM is the fuel economy leader, eh Mikey?
Also, having a large number of models is GM's problem, not it's
strength. How about ONE world class minivan instead of four second rate
dogs? "GM offers more models of Minivans than any other company in the
world" .... but so what?
Having a lot of similar models *can* be a strength. For example, the
different models can appeal to different types of people or people with
As far as the meeting the CAFE, there are two reasons that come to my mind:
1) People don't care that much about fuel economy when gas is cheap, so they
go for the bigger engine, bigger car, etc.; 2) GM doesn't do much to improve
fuel economy, like make its engines more efficent. So it is both GM and its
I would guess because CAFE is based on the Average of units Sold.
GM might have more models that get 30+ mpg, but if they sell 5-10 times the
number of trucks and truck-based SUV's as Toyota, it pulls the average
And where did anyone read GM is "constantly" at risk of failing to meet
CAFE requirements? First I've ever heard of it, and since the media seems
intent on tearing into GM at every chance, you'd think it would be front-
a surprisingly interesting read for a government report.
It still doesn't substaniate the claim that GM "struggles" to meet CAFE
standards every year. Sure, their car average exceeds CAFE by 1.5 mpg
while Honda's may by 8 mpg, but that doesn't mean GM is stuggling.
It means honda sells a LOT of 4 cyl. accords and civics.
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