US Cars versus EU Cars
Several people were amazed when I told them that my parents are just about to buy a gasoline engined car, which isn't a gasoline electric hybrid, that has 5 doors, seats 5 people, and gets over 60 miles per gallon (mpg). Why? Because the closest non hybrid car would be a diesel VW Golf and it doesn't get any more than 46mpg. Surely this 60mpg car must be a 5 door rickshaw? No, not at all, it actually looks very nice, and I'd certainly consider trading in our Ford Focus for one if I were in the market for a new car and if they were sold in the US.
"What gasoline car gets 60mpg?" you may ask.
The answer is; "A Honda Jazz", and here are the specifications:
So the question is; "Why are all american cars so inefficient?"
Gasoline electric hybrid cars are not popular in the UK. Why would anyone want one when you could get a normal gasoline car which gets better fuel economy than the hybrid. The US consumer seems to demand a large engine, our Ford Focus has a 2 litre while the Honda Jazz has either a 1.4 or the 1.2, which makes the 60mpg figure. Both cars are quite capable of cruising comfortably either on the US highway or on the UK motorway, however, the Focus gets just over half the mpg that the Jazz gets despite the fact that the Jazz actually has more passenger room inside.
Perhaps the american consumer will soon adopt more fuel efficient cars. I, for one, would be very happy getting 60mpg without having to resort to buying a gasoline electric hybrid whose battery will most likely die soon after the 100,000 mile mark.
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