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I have a question. In 1990 Suzuki partnered with GM and sold the Swift / Metro. Mine is 22 years old now and gives me 50 miles to the gallon highway- Steady run in 5 th gear at 58 miles per hour. I have replaced an alternator, struts and tires- that's it in 22 years. The interior of this car fits two 300 pound adults in the front and two 130 pound adults in the back with two duffle bags. This car weighs in around 1,600 pounds. This car makes an annual trip to Florida and back to New York, 2,800 miles cruising at 75 miles per hour.
It is 22 years later just think of the technology advances- look at your Iphone. Suzuki still makes the Swift in over half of the countries in the world except North America.- IF - 22 years ago we had this incredible mileage what do you think our potential is for today? When a 4,000 pound car gets 38 miles to the gallon. In 2010 VW was to start selling a early Rabbit equivalent diesel getting 75 miles to the gallon. It is now planned for 2015. Guess what? It's out there for the rest of the world.
We are a market. Controlled by the Fuel companies. The profit is so huge it controls the car companies, shipping companies, drug companies, plastic industry etc....
The problem here is this. Lower class America struggling to survive and go to work is now working for the Gas companies guaranteeing steady revenue for life. Slavery or indentured servant, remember those terms. What are you? Why are we allowing these companies to direct our futures? Haven't Americans struggled for over 200 years to gain strides, become free and determine the road ahead?
"In 2010 VW was to start selling a early Rabbit equivalent diesel getting 75 miles to the gallon. It is now planned for 2015. Guess what? It's out there for the rest of the world."
That isn't based on the Imperial system of gallon but the European. On the American scale, it would be at 45 to 50 MPG, which you get with the Golf/Jetta TDI that are already available. There is no grand conspiracy to the MPG of the vehicles these days, just simply two different measurement systems.
As to your Geo compared to todays vehicles, your Geo had no modern conveniance, no safety systems and no sound deadening. It is a literal tin can on wheels that gets you from point A to point B. That isn't so much a bad thing but safety standards have changed since then. Cars are getting HEAVIER thanks to emissions standards, safety standards and the demand of comfort. Thanks to all this added weight, you are going to get a lot less MPG.
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