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Actually that is significant progress. Increasing fuel economy while reducing emissions, dealing with lower fuel quality, doubling horsepower, increasing reliability, and reducing maintenance.Fuel Economy(mpg) 26 24.5
I always scratch my head at this one. Thirty years, and almost no progress. (Emissions is another story, of course.)
You can go buy a car today that gets better than 50 mpg...called a Honda Insight or a Toyota Prius,...but you just don't see them selling 400,000 of them a year and the jury is still out on lifetime costs and maintenance and stuff. If the American public was willing to live with the performance that you get from a 2500-3000 lbs car with only 60 hp and without all the power convenience items like A/C and power steering and stuff, you would see cars with 50+ mpg.
It is the law of supply and demand. The American consumer doesn't buy fuel economy. When gasoline prices go up...this may change, but for now, power and performance sell.
Later, John Jaranson '66 Square (Sophy) '71 Fasty (Jane - darkside project in waiting) various parts.....don't we all. http://mywebpages.comcast.net/jaransonT3/jaransonT3/ http://mywebpages.comcast.net/jaransonT3/2004Invasion/ http://mywebpages.comcast.net/jaransonT3/notavwclub/
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