I've mentioned this a time or two , but it still irks me. I may as well beat this horse 'til I'm sure it's dead and so are the flys buzzing around it. Why is it that Europe gets the better cars? I've seen this talked about in forums over and over and I see some really, uh..drrrrrrr answers. I love the,"Well, their fuel is higher than ours so they need to have more efficient cars? ...And? So let me get this straight, if gas prices go back to say...$2.00 a gallon, does this mean we should all go out and put the demand for H1's and H2's to all time high? That's about as responsible as bailing out all those celebrities that are getting their homes foreclosed on, just because they're swell guys. (Sorry Ed McMahon, you make that kind of coin and don't hire a respectable accountant???) This country suffers from a, "I want my cake AND eat it too WITH an option of going back for seconds" complex. Lets not be like Al Roker and NOT learn from our lessons(Yep, he's fat...again). I am one who is trying to make the most of this. I had a lot of sweet motor upgrades to the Stinger Missile, but in doing so will only decrease my mileage while increasing my chances for boneheaded opportunities of getting a speeding ticket while racing junior who's out driving mom's Jag. So now, I'm selling the parts. If I had my druthers, I'd trade my car RIGHT NOW for a turbo diesel or even a hybrid car. I digress and summarize that this country lacks accountability and doesn't really learn well from past mistakes.
Moving on, VW has announced that the new Jetta will be available this Fall. There's a bit more added intel from Dieselblog on this. I'd love to see what a hypermiler could do with this, just out of curiosity.
Oh, and if that wasn't enough to convince people to find better MPG's, think twice before going over the speed limit, there may be more cities following this lead. I for one will be taking some time to reevaluate my driving habits, in the spirit of accountability and common sense.
I'm trying to be a better example.(key word:trying)