Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Mike Jackson, chief executive of the retail chain AutoNation Inc., said that 75 percent of customers come into his showrooms and want to talk about hybrids. Only about 2.5 percent of AutoNation sales are hybrids.
"What happens from the 75 percent consideration to the 2.5 percent commitment?" Jackson said.
"They look at the price premium for the technology, which is already subsidized and discounted, and say, 'The payback period is too long; not for me.'"
At the point of purchase decision, people notice that the payback time for the hybrid-electric powertrain is on the order of 5 or more years, and the practicality of the vehicle is reduced because of the packaging of the batteries. They also notice that one of the more efficient non-hybrid vehicles, while not as efficient as a hybrid, is pushing 40mpg on the highway.
Hybrid sales slowed last year to 2.2 percent of U.S. sales, from 2.4 percent in 2010, according to researcher LMC Automotive.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
President Barack Obama held up Ford Motor Co. as an example of companies that are contributing to the economy by bringing jobs back into the U.S. — and that should be rewarded for their efforts.
"You've heard of outsourcing. Well, these companies are insourcing," Obama said Wednesday in a speech, surrounded by business executives, state and local officials and union leaders.
Monday, January 09, 2012
Sunday, January 08, 2012
So I bought a couple of bottles to try.
I'm not a trained taster, and I didn't do a scientific grade double blind study. But to my taste, the Mexican coke tasted sweeter, and felt stickier, than what I was used to. I wouldn't pay extra for it.
However, the glass bottles were a revelation. They feel wonderful in the hand, hefty and cold and perfectly curved and balanced. I wouldn't pay more for Mexican Coke, but I would pay more for American Coke in these retro glass bottles!