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‘Yes’ or ‘no’ is good to know, but the fun is in ‘why’

We have a split on whether European-style small cars would sell in America.

Half say yes, half no.

But far more interesting than the numerical results of Monday’s question are the reasons behind them.

Lunar says no because diesel fuel sells for 50 or 60 cents per gallon more than gasoline and “that offsets the better mpg that diesel gets.” I see some value in that answer because while diesel-powered vehicles hold half the market in Europe, the penetration varies by country. It’s higher in countries where diesel is the cheaper fuel and lower in countries where gasoline is cheaper. I figure in Europe, much of diesel’s allure is tax policy.

Another writer says yes, recalling a Ford Fiesta he bought in the late 1970s during an energy crunch as “one of the best and most fun cars I have ever owned.”

Ford Retiree would buy a small Euro car “in a heart beat” and suggests that anybody who buys a large car just to have a prestigious vehicle ought to have the grace of paying gas-guzzler taxes and higher pump prices “without complaint.”

4dguy is – I think – in favor of small cars, but says what he really wants is a Ford F-150 pickup with a diesel engine. “I would love to have and would gladly pay extra for a diesel F-150.”

So let me pose two questions. In your heart of hearts, what would you really like to drive? And why should a for-profit auto manufacturer build it for you?

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