: People want to buy that type of car because of stupid reason - fashion. Because of this reason automakers install in that type of car things which are completely useles like leather seats. Actual price (price that manufucturer paid for this) for that fixture is significantly less expensive than car builders charge buyers. And there are a lot things like that - CD changer, road navigator, separated climate control. Floor mats for $200!!. Moreover, they are not options. There is no way to do not have them. You must have and pay for them, if want to byu car like that. That's why the automakers make profit on that type of vehicles not because its manufacturing costs automakers less money than other types of car.In other words, automakers make profit on people stupidity saling them car like Escalade
I totally agree. Vive la Capitalism!
: And right now, electrical vehicles cost far more to make than they would return in sales. That tide is slowly changing, but even the Honda and Toyota hybrids are more expensive than their combustion-based siblings.
: I do't think so. Honda Hibrid - about $20,000 - full loaded Honda Civic - $18,000. The same about Toyta Pirus and Toyta Corola. I think the manufucturing of that type car is not that expensive. The premanufacturing period designing time was very expensive.
I didn't say they were WAY more expensive, just more expensive, which they are. If you own them long enough you'll offset that initial cost in other savings, but right now I can't afford to buy anything over 14K
: In the long run, investment in fuel cells and other alternatives will be the way to go, but since when have American businesses been known for thinking long-term?
: I am not that good in history/analyzis of American economy and do not have answer on this question. But I think too long-term thinking in economy is not good either. Example, Soviet long-term planing in economy ...
Well, Sovietism is based on faulty premises to begin with
One thing I learned in my University accounting class was that most American businesses have for a long time focused on maintaining a growing stock price. Most people will judge a company's success on their stock price going up up up. That, however, leads to all manner of problems, not the least of which is less willingness to spend a lot of capital on long-term improvement.