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Amazing, after 15 years, it gets the same fuel economy as my 97 geo metro with a 3 cylinder 1L engine. We've come a long ways baby...
I have been using a very similar system for many decades...it's called a manual transmission! Anyone who cannot master a stick shift and clutch should not be allow to drive a car, unless they have a physical disability.
Transport Canada states that the 2011 Elantra with 6spd manual gets: City: 6.8 L/100 km (42 mi./cdn gal.) Hwy: 4.9 L/100 km (58 mi./cdn gal.) which equals about 30 city and 40 hwy for the US EPA cycle. The Cruze ECO with 6spd manual gets: City: 7.2 L/100 km (39 mi./cdn gal.) Hwy: 4.6 L/100 km (61 mi./cdn gal.) The base Cdn Cruze with the 1.8L and auto tran. gets: City: 8.5 L/100 km (33 mi./cdn gal.) Hwy: 5.5 L/100 km (51 mi./cdn gal.) compared with 22 MPG City, 35 MPG Hwy in the EPA cycle.
Why can't we have the 2 banger turbo? I can never figure out why North America gets stuck with the gas guzzler options, while the Europeans, who drive a lot faster than us, get the fuel saving, small displacement engine options.
Too bad GM doesn't offer a 3 cylinder option for the Aveo but in any event it is obvious that CAFE standards could be 40 or 50% higher today, since the technology is here now. It is pretty amazing that a 3000lb car can achieve 42MPG hwy (61 MPG in the Cdn test cycle)when my 2000lb 1L 3cylinder 1997 Geo Metro was only able to get 65mpg (cdn). If we applied the same technology to much lighter cars, than over 80mpg (cdn) should be possible and I see that the 2 cylinder Fiat 500 is getting 78 MPG in the UK Hwy cycle.
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Nov 14, 2010