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Old 12-06-2009, 08:27 PM   #253 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)
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GM and all the other automakers know that 75+ mpg is possible from a light, low drag vehicle with a conventional engine.

(EDIT: a vehicle they are convinced will not sell in large numbers - and they're probably right.)

Quote:
Dr. Paul MacCready predicted that a car,like the Impact (GM EV1, Cd 0.195) ,if produced as a gasoline-powered car,would achieve upwards of 100-mpg. -- aerohead
It's easy to find examples of streamlined concept /prototype cars with conventional drivetrains that get exceptional mileage.
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