Bad News For Hotcoldwetdry: Jeep Sales Booming

The dead science of globull warming is being turned into a zombie at this point (via Marc Morano)

(USA Today) Chrysler Group plans to add workers at the Toledo plant to build more Jeeps, and might add a third shift at the Ram truck plant.

In what’s becoming a string of good-news announcements nearly as striking as the bad-news disclosures of just three years ago, Fiat-controlled Chrysler says demand for its Wrangler is so strong it needs to hire more people to build more Jeeps.

And it’s mulling a third shift at Warren, Mich., where it builds the Ram full-size pickup. Ram’s updated for 2013.

MPG for both the Wrangler and the Ram are pretty low. Doesn’t Chrysler know that they are bad for Gaia, and could make it hotcoldwetdry through usage of evil fossil fuels? I guess bailed out Chrysler doesn’t care: they prefer actually selling vehicles that people want rather than pitiful electric cars. Speaking of electric cars

(NY Times) Electric car sales have so far ranged from disappointing to dismal. But Lee Broughton, head of corporate sustainability for Enterprise Holdings, the parent of Enterprise, National and Alamo, has an idea about how they might be improved: by enlisting an American demographic he calls the “urban eco-curious.”

In 2010 Enterprise invested in electric vehicles, buying 350 Nissan Leafs, but it found that its customers were not really interested. Consumers hesitate to rent them for the same reason that they hesitate to purchase: “range anxiety,” or worry about how far the car will go without a charge.

So, people have no interest in even renting them. For Enterprise Holdings, though, they’re stuck with a whole bunch of Leafs

Rental car companies are in a perfect position to educate consumers about the new technology, Enterprise’s chief executive, Andy Taylor, suggests. “We have the capacity to provide the perfect channel for introducing, testing and socializing new vehicle and other transportation innovations,” he said in a speech this week.

Let me know how that works out. People do not want to be lectured by a rental car company: they simply want to rent a car.

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4 Responses to “Bad News For Hotcoldwetdry: Jeep Sales Booming”

  1. david7134 says:

    I used to own a jeep. It it rained, even if it was just moist, the engine would shut down. The dealer said that was typical. I would never have taken the piece of junk in the woods. Now Toyota, it does everything.

  2. john says:

    Looks like those government loans to the auto industry worked out.

  3. Gumball_Brains says:

    “urban eco-curious.”

    I met one of those in college once. Man, they smelled and looked horrendous. Made me think of if Grizzly Adams was a real person in real life, this woman would fit that role perfectly.

    Never heard that about jeeps. Heard that about Harley’s tho.

    My next vehicle will be a Ram Power Wagon. After I get my mansion in Cabo.

    Tourists don’t want to experiment with their transportation. They want to get where the NEED to get to. They are not on a trip where timelines dont matter. They don’t wish to have to constantly learn or worry about their car dying on them either on a busy highway or the boonies of some strange dark place.

    How often do tourists get lost? Can you imagine how many lawsuits will come about from tourists lost in a city, run out of battery power, and then get mugged by roving mobs of anti-green gangs?

  4. I’ve never been a big fan of Wranglers, but, I love my Liberty. Very durable.

    They did to a degree, John. Except, Obama wanted them to make cars like the Volt, not gas guzzlers like the Wrangler and Ram.

    And all those gangs will be organizing their activities via planet killing iPhones.

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