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Old 04-28-2008, 02:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by basjoos View Post
When you consider that a 68 VW Beetle got 34mpg on the highway 40 years ago, it makes you wonder at how much progress has actually been made over the past 40 years. Replacing the high maintenance points with an electronic ignition, eliminating grease fittings, and cleaning up the exhaust appears to be about it. They certainly haven't made much improvement in the fuel economy.
I agree entirely
I am not sure what the new EPA ratings are doing to new cars but my old 2001 concorde (huge car w/ V6) got 30mpg regularly on the highway. I think a 60s AMC metroplolitan would get in the 40s.

Society has used our improved engineering and manufacturing ability to improve safety and emmisions, not FE.
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