15 September 2008

Ford unveils 65 mpg car, but it's not for you!

Ford unveiled its 2009 Fiesta ECOnetic model that's due out in November. The car is a subcompact that seats five, has a built-in navigation system, gets 65 mpg, and isn't available in the US.

The car runs on diesel; while more efficient, the fuel has a tax meant for commercial trucks between 40 cents and a dollar.
"Diesel vehicles now hitting the market with pollution-fighting technology are as clean or cleaner than gasoline and at least 30% more fuel-efficient."
In spite of that information, Americans still think of diesel as "the smelly stuff that powers tractor trailers."

I guess this answers why American auto manufacturers export all of the cool cars.

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