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Old 10-05-2012, 03:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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yes, I was looking at the '03 VW Golf. Fueleconomy.gov says the 1 model gets 44MPG highway (5-speed diesel) thats without mods or driving habits. I love the style of car as well, reminds me of the 93 hatch i used to have.

The 4 doors make it a winner for me though, so much more useful than just 2 doors.

I like the idea of installing custom usb ports in the dash and such, updates like that are nice, but it seems as though car manufactures are only now starting to advance car's computers to do more.

I noticed a car with self adjusting cruise control that slows to the car in front of you. I love cruise control but the D-bag in front of me doesn't realize that I don't want to put any effort into adjusting my C-Control.

There was another commercial online of a car with the stop-light engine cutoff feature.

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Old 10-05-2012, 04:01 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I think the Malibus have engine-off idle.


This is the 2012 BMW 528i that Tanner Foust drove on Top Gear, 8 speed automatic. Turbo 4 cylinder 2.0L, 240HP/260 torque. The max torque happens at 1250 RPM. Then 0-60MPH in about 6.2 seconds. Starts at about $47K, all wheel drive is a 200-pound, $2300 option.

However, I was mistaken on the MPGs.. The EPA says 34 highway.
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I did not mention in my earlier post that the highway speeds I drive at is a constant 70-77 mph the only thing special im doing is driving a manual and shifting to neutral down hills.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I read that Audi is testing a system in there A7 to create a "gravity hybrid". Who knows if it is going to be produced but from what it sounds like, it hypermiles for you. Turning the engine off and causing you to coast when it can ect. They claim it was showing 10% improvement in fuel economy over the stock A7. Maybe we will see this utiliezed in their TDI cars as well at somepoint.

(On a side note, I think this line of thinking would be great for most of the general public to be forced by their car to hypermile!)
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