The fuel-economy rules apply equally to foreign brands, of course, some
of which also specialize in big, powerful vehicles. But they afford
themselves an out. BMW paid $230 million in CAFE fines from 1983 to 2007 to avoid building small
cars at a loss to please Washington. Volvo paid $56 million. Daimler paid
Why don't the Big Three take this out? Explains the Government
Accountability Office, because they fear the political repercussions of
being tagged with “unlawful conduct.”
This year, Daimler paid one of the biggest CAFE fines ever, $30 million—or $118 per car,
a pittance to Mercedes buyers. By dumping Chrysler, meanwhile, it avoided
its share of an estimated $100 billion in unremunerative investments the
Big Three will have to make to meet the new fuel-mileage rules.
Via Instapundit, Let Detroit
Build Profitable Cars - WSJ.com
You don't say …
I really didn't realize that foreign car manufacturers paid the fines for
selling gas guzzling cars in our market, but The Big Three™ didn't even
bother to make marketable cars for fear of being called bad names.
I don't know what this says of The Big Three™, the foreign car
manufacturers, or our own consumer driven demand for large cars …
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