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Gap between luxury, mainstream cars shrinks

USA Today -- The day could be fast-arriving when a new breed of car buyer considers a new generation of cars, and wrestles with a choice something like: "Hmmm, $30,000. Should I get that loaded Ford Focus, or this new mini-size entry BMW?"

Absurd? Not necessarily.

Luxury auto brands already are making a living in the U.S. on their smaller models — BMW's 3-series is the best example. Now, they're easing more into the compact- and even subcompact-size market segments and have begun to show teaser versions of remarkably small cars on the auto show circuit.

At the same time, mainstream automakers are adding equipment to their smaller cars and trying to boost the prices.

Ford says its redesigned, 2013 Fusion midsize sedan, for example, has been luring a notable number of trade-ins from Acura, BMW and Au


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 8:33:18 AM

Where are the $15k or less cars that people could still afford? A diesel truck now costs almost as much as a family home (and that's not even decked out).
Where are the wages to buy these vehicles? Oh, wait, we're all buying this on credit, right? Anyone say WorldComm? Enron....? Madoff?
blupupher
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 8:14:59 AM

and so is the cost. Getting harder and harder to find a cheap new car.
EvergreenON
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 7:26:02 AM

Good
ropegun11
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 2:32:11 AM

...and used/"pre-owned" cars are becoming more expensive as well.
alterman156
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 1:46:29 AM

Some lower cost mainstream cars are perfectly good choices for the money.
rahcat
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2012 12:06:55 AM

Don't have an extra $30,000 in chump change laying around.
wayoung56
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:56:53 PM

Hmmm...
OOXXFF
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:56:51 PM

Gas efficient cars are on the rise.
SavALot
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:52:41 PM

luxury just isn't the same anymore
davenles
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:51:24 PM

They are getting better.
camel1
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:49:11 PM

competition is great and achieves many beneficial things
nwsynthetics
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:46:48 PM

Bring the Pinto's back
CiVX
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:42:57 PM

Mostly a money gap.
PrettyLittleLady
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:42:16 PM

As long as it gets you from here to there w/out breaking down..OK.
mstearno
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:40:04 PM

where is this from Mars?
WIPACKERFAN
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:37:32 PM

I agree with this statement. I've seen this at the auto shows I've attended. Its hard to find any good vehicle under $30,000 anyway.
Ebaz
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:37:31 PM

Interesting
oldiesman
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:35:45 PM

Can't afford?
Harry813
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:32:57 PM

Hmmmm....... I think I'll just keep driving my paid for car ...
melvindale
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:32:03 PM

I've been making that observation for the last 40 years, but I'm not going to say 'old news' because I find that super annoying when other people do so.
us4usa
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:29:07 PM

Just another reason to buy a Ford...
ItsMorph
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:28:09 PM

Wow, $30K for a Focus? :D
serrog
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:27:11 PM

All about the almighty $$$$
Mowerman08
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:25:45 PM

More "high end" features as standard will attract more buyers.
bvrbill
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:24:43 PM

Buy American.
hpow
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:22:31 PM

ok
WIWalt
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:20:59 PM

Interesting
Palantas
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:19:53 PM

It's nice that basic features, like power everything, cruise, and decent and sound, that were once luxury options, are now generally present in midrange cars. American manufacturers finally stopped rationing convenience.
MG_Sputnik
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:18:44 PM

We're all doomed!
OGW
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:18:05 PM

Soon we won't be able to afford a mainstream car or the gas for them. The luxury car prices are not coming down but the junker prices are sure going up!
abcdMA
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:17:32 PM

we need more basic cars
naspa
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:12:40 PM

Small cars for everyone!
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:11:42 PM

ok
gsayeg1
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:04:38 PM

What?
tdc007
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:03:30 PM

Ok
DEG
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:03:17 PM

Cars made by the UAW are overpriced much more so than non-UAW shops.
grandamgt1
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:57:35 PM

To me this means "mainstream" cars are overpriced.
kbierley
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:54:45 PM

Why do I have to buy the $30K Car when a can get a 2 year old one for half the price?
billwho
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:52:36 PM

Hint ! Buy what you need, not what you want ! If the repubs get what they want, all your extra $$ will be spent on medical and rx bills.
suzmar
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:52:24 PM

It seems hard for the average person to afford this kind of car, I would think a lot of people never get free of car loans.
ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:52:17 PM

Small cars with big prices. I think they will miss the market if our economy and employment doesn't improve.
HailstormCA
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:52:01 PM

How 'bout my Focus?
Alfied
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:49:45 PM

Name's not important any more.
CCLighthouse
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:45:59 PM

I would have to agree with the end of this article. I would prefer a larger vehicle if I could get really great mileage and few Lux add ons (heated bucket seats and a nice symphony sound system). I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited now and I would love it even more if I could get much better mileage. : )
bojiway1
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:42:48 PM

Ok
kzrooster
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:42:45 PM

It's true, lots of cars are SELLING at the mid to high 20k. This is not a surprise to me.
30mpg80
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:40:35 PM

Gap getting bigger between new car prices and average Joe's wallet.
VanIsleLes
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:35:05 PM

I don't know that the average person can afford that right now
clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:34:40 PM

At $30K they must be dreaming or smoking funny stuff.

Not gonna happen.

Have they seen the economic reality?

I'm talking about mass production models not boutique cars.
mrbee
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:33:17 PM

Ok
jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:29:53 PM

Sounds like the price gap is shrinking.
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