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Let's Talk Cars: Exxon's Record Profits, Choosing Cars Based on Fuel Consumption, and Buy vs. Lease

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Let’s Talk Cars this week sees David Barrett sitting down with two of AutoPacific’s industry analysts, George Peterson and Jim Hossack, to take on the timely issues of fuel prices and slumping American car sales.
First up, Exxon’s extraordinary reported profits for the second quarter of 2006. At over $1,300 a second, yeah, that’s PER SECOND, Exxon is raking it in faster than most bean counters can count beans. And there’s plenty of people up in arms with the ethics of record-setting fuel prices creating misery for the consumer and record-setting profits for corporations.
But how is this effecting the average American car buyer? According to Jim Hossack, months of higher prices at the pump are beginning to have an effect on the sales floors of dealerships around the country as Americans start turning away from SUVs and trucks, and start looking at smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles. And there’s an entirely new crop of very small, very efficient vehicles coming to the American market. David and Jim chat us up on all of these topics this week.
Plus, George Peterson went car shopping last week to see what deals were out there, and my, what a good time of the year to be getting into a new vehicle! The big question – should you buy or lease? George and David chew on that tidbit this week as well.
Show Rundown
00:58 Exxon’s Record Profits – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
04:45 Choosing New Vehicles Based on Fuel Consumption – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
06:25 Diesel as a Buying Choice – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
08:53 June Fuel Survey Results – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
11:04 Car Selling Slump in the U.S. – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
14:15 New Crop of Small, Fuel Efficient Cars – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
17:30 Buy vs. Lease and the Summer Deals to Be Had – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific President and Founder George Peterson


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