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Old 12-20-2007, 09:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)

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Yeah, and boo on the writer for perpetuating two worn out myths:

1) "Light cars are unsafe - crash protection means today's cars must be heavier."

See yesterday's thread: Article: Mazda demonstrates that small lightweight cars be safe too

Also, Fiat's new 500 (4 seater) weighs between 1907-2161 lbs depending on model, and got a 5-star crash rating (Euro NCAP).

The new Daimler smart has a 4-star rating and weighs 1800 lbs.

2) "The only way to get good fuel economy is with a hybrid system."

See above 2 vehicles.
Project MPGiata! Mods for getting 50+ MPG from a 1990 Miata
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: 70 MPG in my ecomodded, dirt cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage.
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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