I never realized this was why those VW vans disappeared

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I never realized this was why those VW vans disappeared

Post by NT2C » Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:18 pm

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Re: I never realized this was why those VW vans disappeared

Post by raptor » Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:33 pm

That tax is why the minivan was a light truck along with the fact that fuel economy standards were less stringent for light trucks.

It is also Japan started building trucks in the US.

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Post by majorhavoc » Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:20 pm

Did I miss it in the linked video: do EU countries still have import restrictions on US poultry? Trying to ascertain if the original basis for the "chicken tax" still exists.

I just want to see more and cheaper trucks.

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Post by Stercutus » Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:29 pm

It is also the reason the Subaru Brat was a death trap. They added rear facing jump seats in the bed of the truck to call it a "car" for tax purposes. Too bad people's heads extended past the roof of the cab. This led to all kinds of fatal and near fatal misadventures.
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Re: I never realized this was why those VW vans disappeared

Post by boskone » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:10 am

majorhavoc wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:20 pm
Did I miss it in the linked video: do EU countries still have import restrictions on US poultry? Trying to ascertain if the original basis for the "chicken tax" still exists.

I just want to see more and cheaper trucks.
AFAIK, sorta. The tariff in France and West Germany were originally over chicken and the US responded with tariffs on light trucks, starch, and some kind of booze.

For "some reason" <cough>trade protectionism</cough> all of the various tariffs were lifted...except on light trucks. I expect most of the governments were OK with it because light trucks have never been a major economic consideration.

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Re: I never realized this was why those VW vans disappeared

Post by absinthe beginner » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:56 pm

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Re: I never realized this was why those VW vans disappeared

Post by Stercutus » Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:49 am

boskone wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:10 am
majorhavoc wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:20 pm
Did I miss it in the linked video: do EU countries still have import restrictions on US poultry? Trying to ascertain if the original basis for the "chicken tax" still exists.

I just want to see more and cheaper trucks.
AFAIK, sorta. The tariff in France and West Germany were originally over chicken and the US responded with tariffs on light trucks, starch, and some kind of booze.

For "some reason" <cough>trade protectionism</cough> all of the various tariffs were lifted...except on light trucks. I expect most of the governments were OK with it because light trucks have never been a major economic consideration.
I think the US produces about 75% of the light trucks produced annually.

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