Kate Barner Posted: 5/20/2009 9:47pm PDT "Alternative Energy Engineer" I heard an interesting comment from a French Journalist on Tuesday May 19 while being interviewed by an NPR corespondent. The Journalist said that instead of making a cookie-cutter small economy cars, American car companies will be successful here and overseas by creating those icon Autos that they are known for except with a twist--using new technology to achieve performance with fuel economy and low emissions. Ford is doing that now with their EcoBoost engines. Ford is now the maverick company who made that right decisions at the right time, much like Southwest Airlines hedging fuel futures. Now they can lead the way with independent thinking because the Government isn't pulling the strings. GM even with its heavily blotted bureaucracy, also showed engineering prowess with the EV1 and this new Camaro with the award winning Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6. By cutting out a lot of overhead and slimming down, GM may have a chance, if the government will let them. R2Dad Posted: 5/20/2009 9:41am PDT "Ouch!" You may slag our red-headed stepchildren up north, but Canadians are actually smarter, funnier and more hardworking versions of ourselves. And besides, we're getting nationalized healthcare soon so we, too, can wait 8 months for a doctor appointment. I can't wait to be oot and aboot in my tuque, eh? But back to the Camaro. If Team O doesn't want a gas tax, the next option would be to tax V8's, kind of an gas guzzler "adder" on the monroney, to boost dealer margins and discourage Americans from being, well, American. Additional tangent: I'd like to see what Chip Foose can do with the husk of a Prius--fins, blower, the works.