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WTF @ Ford Motor Company

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Roparadise, May 31, 2012.

  1. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    Ford makes a 2.2L I4 Diesel version of the Ford Ranger that they sell in International Markets,but not in the United States. It can get up to 37MPG on the highway. It can hold about 2900lbs which is as much as the F150 can. In Europe it received a higher safety rating then the Audi Q3 and the BMW 1 series.

    I really do not understand why this is not being sold in the United States, If I was looking to get into the landscaping business or pest control, I would buy this for my business. It gets about 46% better fuel economy then the last model of ford ranger sold in the U.S. which would lead to massive savings for a small business like I stated earlier.
     
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    imperial109 Regular Member

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    Cuz the majority of 'mericans just want something that's big and loud. They don't care about much else. At least this is what I've come across in the past 10 years living in the south.
     
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    They also do not allow certain MPG cars in the US because of tax reasons. You can't have the US government getting taxes off of a 35 mpg truck when they can get taxes off of a 20 mpg truck.
     
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    It really is terrible that the best Fords I've driven are overseas. The engines are always quality, but the quality of the body in foreign markets has no comparison with Fords sold in America. I guess they're more demanding over there. European Fords have turbo, more hp, more mpg. I don't even...

    But the 2012 Fusion looks incredible. It looks like an Aston Martin. I love it and I'm not even a huge Ford fan (although Ford Cosworth are spectacular racing machines).
     
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    It's not just Ford, a lot of Automobile companies have no/little Diesel vehicles in the U.S, no idea why, but it seems like Diesel doesn't work well in the U.S. or people still have bad thoughts about diesel(Remember Late 80s/early 90 diesel vehicles , loud, slow, smells bad).
     
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    I recently found out that my dodge grand caravan was sold in europe as the plymouth grand voyager and came with an Italian made diesel engine. I want one of the motors so bad to toss in my Dodge. I have a small taxi company do you know what fuel savings means to me?
     
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    I think the problems are these:

    Americans are very resistant to Diesel powered vehicles, so much so that even Mercedes-Benz, which pioneered the market in the USA pulled its diesels for a few years. Another issue is more stringent environmental regulation in the USA which very negatively affects engine operation. Diesels smoke, they just do but for the most part the smoke is only carbon particle and the EPA is all wigged out about those even though they are relatively benign. I am an advocate of Diesels having owned and driuven more than one Mercedes over the years.

    Another issue is the fact that at present, Diesel fuel is more expensive than gasoline and the average American consumer just can't make the numbers work out, even though they are wrong.
     
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    Does anyone know if its possible to import one of those euro diesel engines for personal use to swap? I know on some items the restriction lays in mass import,whereas one or a few items are exempt.
     
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    Volkswagen now makes a polo blue motion that gets 75 mpg on a u.s. gallon,traveling at a highway speed.
     
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    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Really? :D

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