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August 24, 2006

Unkindest Cuts

 

durango.jpegDaimler-Chrysler is planning to cut production of large pick-ups and SUVs. They are talking Dodge Durango and Dodge Ram pick-ups. Durango sales off 42% y/o/y and Ram off 12%,

Filed under:Fuel Economy,Fumes,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 10:15 am | 

August 23, 2006

Debby Unlikely To Do Damage

 

Tropical Storm, Debby, is getting stronger in the eastern Atlantic, but not worrisome yet.

Hurricane specialists predict it will probably become a hurricane in about four days, but saw signs it will stay out to sea, and not reach the US.

Filed under:Fuel Price Trends,Fumes | by Pump Girl @ 1:46 pm | 

August 22, 2006

Super-Duty Diesel

 

The Chicago Tribune reports that Ford will be introducing its new Super-Duty F-Series pickup with diesel engine at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas in September.

Ford says the new 6.4-liter. V-8 diesel engine runs as quietly as gas with about the same emissions

Filed under:Fuel Price Trends,Vehicle News | by Pump Girl @ 4:00 pm | 

Homegrown

 

IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bla-goy-a-vich) wants to overhaul IL energy sources to include replacing half of its supply of gasoline with homegrown products within the next ten years.

Ethanol is the key, and Blagojevich is seeking additional incentives to increase the number of service stations selling biofuels.

His opponent in the upcoming election, Judy Barr Topinka, wants IL “to become a national leader in renewable fuels.”

Filed under:Fuel Price Trends | by Pump Girl @ 11:17 am | 

Surcharges?

 

Are they a transparent way to pass higher costs on to consumers? Yes, customers are paying more. Take a look at UPS, whose surcharge “only kicks in when diesel is more than $1.50/gal.” Think 2003. Duh!! That would be ages ago.

Nevertheless, you are paying this. FedEx adds an additional $1 to your $21 charge to ship. I guess you must assume nobody else is shippping to your destination. What a crock!

We just can’t see the logic. If fuel costs are higher, raise the price (instead of hiding under a fuel surcharge) and see what the market is willing to bear.

Filed under:Fuel Economy,Fuel Price Trends,Fumes,Hedging,Price Shocks | by Pump Girl @ 11:00 am |