Originally Posted by NHRABill
If you read the article it does not meet North America standards for Safety and America does not have an allergy to diesel they do not meet emissions standards even with the great mileage they get in many cases. There is a large demand for efficient cars motorcycle and scooter sales are skyrocketing but still with the ever increasing standards for safety the cost is too high for companies to make any real profit off of a cheap car.
Large vehicles with all the add on equipment is where they make all of their profits. If you ever compare profit markups on new vehicles a truck will have 3000-4000 dollar profit in it where a compact car will have a 500 to 1000 profit margin for the dealer.
You see many people including myself here trying to find a way to have a multipurpose vehicle get better efficiency because I don't want to buy another dedicated car just for better gas mileage an eco box such as the lupo is great in theory and I wish those 80mpg could meet safety standards and pass emissions hopefully enough people will continue to show a demand to the auto companies that the public wants more efficient cars that burn clean and are safe that they start to make them.
The article says clearly that vw didnt try to sell in USA,
" But VW has no plans to sell the Lupo in the United States. The company believes there is no market for fuel-efficient cars in our SUV-populated country."
It is different from trying to sell and failing the pollution or crash tests.
Its very hard to believe the lupo adapted from factory to biodiesel with 81g/co2 with the best figures for pollution in diesel cars (even today) one of the first cars equiped with start-stop system would not have passed the emissions test in 2000.
The security test... i think vw would have manage it if they see the market lupo already have ABS, AIRBAGS, traction control...
I do understand that lots of people are modificationg their cars in order to get better fuel economy and i admire the efford and results.
I just dont think it will be worth(meaning the costs, energy and time will not be compensated by the savings) to make such changes to my lupo as VW already took the time and efford to do it with ecodriving in mind. (if i can save 10% it means 0,3lts/100km in 10.000Km i would have saved...40€?!
) They made lots and lots of changes and the present results on a completly standart car speak for themselves.
Justifying the ECObox for me was easy:
- I don't need a big car or engine (I need a car confortable, safe... that can reach 140Km/h)
- 95% of the time 4 seats is enough for me for the outher 5% i use my wife car.
- The fuel savings will pay for the car.
- I wouldn't mind paying more for the extra pleasure i get from such a car.
- The pollution savings will benefit the enviroment.
- The "Eco style" (meaning that if people look at me as an unsucesseful person in a small ) i couldn't care less!
I agree that specially USA people must pressure their car manufacturers to produce more efficient cars. USA is full of big heavy cars with big engines that seem to be a waste specially with so strict rules regarding speed.