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Old 08-18-2008, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello from Krakow, Poland

My wife and I will be picking up a new 2009 Citroen C4 SX (1.6 HDi 16v 110hp) with the semi-auto gearbox in a few weeks from a dealership near Lodz, Poland.

Citroen's warranty allows for up to 30 biodiesel use so that's what we'll start using after we pick up the car - there is a small network of about 150 commercial stations across Poland that sell B100.

No mods are planned for the car other than - possibly - Michelin Energy tyres if they are ever released in a 17" form to fit our wheels.

I'm not necessarily new to hypermiling but I find some of the techniques (P&G, slip-streaming) either too troublesome or downright dangerous on Polish roads. Poland has one of the highest accident/death rates in the EU (in 2005 Poland had 29 road deaths per 1 billion kilometers traveled, Germany had 6, The US had 9). I tend to look "pretty far ahead" already to spot drivers doing something they ought not to so at this point it's a refinement of techniques and trying to cut out short, in-city trips.

I'm looking forward to my first diesel, first semi-auto gearbox, first new car and second Citroen. The first, recently sold, was a '98 Xsara with a 1.8 16v 112hp petrol engine which usually ran on LPG (about 50% cheaper than petrol in Poland).

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Old 08-18-2008, 06:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Howdy and welcome! Wow, they actually count into the per billions??? I've been spoiled by the stats they throw around here in the states which relies on bulk numbers per year (I guess because it sounds scarier on the news clip) instead of per distance.

Sounds like a cool car.
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Aye, into the billions. For the US, actually, it is and has been into the trillions of miles for quite some time.

If you're interested...

US data: FARS Encyclopedia
EU data: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cac...-07-001-EN.PDF (PDF link).

And yeah, it is a cool car.
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site MurrayHenson. Glad to have you here.

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