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Old 03-08-2008, 11:45 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Ah...fooled by the video title!

The video clip you post is the first test MB did. As predicted my Adam at the end of the video, they got lots of email about that episode, and so did a second, more inclusive test which was televised a year or so later. In the second episode they did two-way, back-to-back testing in a Scangauge-equipped pickup on a 5 mile stretch of Highway 101 that is straight and flat. The test repeated the gate up/gate down test, then added a tonneau and a mesh gate. The results were the same...gate up is the most efficient 'conventional' configuration for a pickup.
Best tank ever: 72.1 mpg in February 2005, Seattle to S.F.
New personnal best 'all-city' tank June '08 ... 61.9 mpg!
Thanks to 'pulse-n-glide' technique.
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