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376 MPG Opel – Conspiracy

Normally I don’t dabble in conspiracy theory websites, nor do I entertain trying to unravel the mysteries of the powers that be.  For one I’m not smart enough, for two, there are just not enough hours in the day.  However, this article, having an automotive flair to it, caught my attention.  According to the article, the author has purchased an old Opel made car, which reportedly got 376 miles per gallon.  Why hasn’t it seen the light of day or seen technology move int he direction that existed so many years ago?  Big Oil said NO!?

According to reports, this special 1959 Opel was modified in 1973 to allow the outrageous and hard to believe gas mileage.  To achieve such astronomical efficiency the gasoline was super heated before actually used in combustion.

It’s an old article, but it looks like this special fuel efficient Opel was actually sold in 2008 for over $375,000.  Plan on covering a lot of miles every year to make up the savings.

Source of green 1959 Opel that Big Oil Hates – http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2007/05/01/big-oil-conspiracy-376-mpg-opel-uncovered/

Hyundai Reaches For Higher MPG

Never satisfied, Hyundai has announced that they will meet the 50 mpg mark as an average on their entire lineup of vehicles offered in the United States.  This commitment won’t come over night, but Hyudnai believes that the goal is reachable by 2025 and has thus pledged to hit 50 miles per gallon.  Keep in mind this is a model wide average, so we may see some ultra high efficiency models put out by Hyundai some time soon.

“Getting to 50 mpg and beyond seems like a huge leap, but by making this commitment and aligning our research and development initiatives now, we know we can get there,” John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president, said in a statement issued by Hyundai.

To achieve high mpg averages, Hyundai intends to capitalize on existing technologies and developing these efficient motors further.  In the press release, Hyundai felt that new technology was not required to hit the 50 mpg goal, rather just a refinement and improvement upon existing motors.  Even as far away as 2025, Hyundai feels that 75%-80% of transportation needs will be taken care of by a traditional internal combustion motor.

It should be noted that in 2008 Hyundai was the leader car maker in the US, in terms of mpg averages.  Although figures have yet to be released from 2009, Hyundai already reached 30.8 mpg.  This gap will easily be closed by a previous commitment to hit a 35 mpg average by 2015 and then on to the 50 mpg standard by 2025.

My favorite Hyundai vehicles:

2011 Hyundai Sonata

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS SUV

Tips To Maximize Efficiency In A Hybrid

This is a guest article for tips on maximizing the efficiency of your hybrid car.

Achieving maximum efficiency for a hybrid car involves the same steps as for a standard vehicles. However, hybrid cars produce different effects of the stop and go driving in the urban places. For example, the Toyota Prius has a higher EPA rating for urban driving than road driving while Prius does not use up any fuel when the car is not moving.

Fuel EfficiencyTo save fuel, you should not drive the car aggressively or speed on the highway. Instead, you should start off the car slowly with gradual acceleration to increase the hybrid fuel efficiency.

[ad#Google Adsense]To increase fuel efficiency, you must used the car air conditioning regularly. The Idaho National Laboratory reported that using air conditioner in hybrid car has a drastic impact on the fuel economy of a hybrid car

You should bring your automobile vehicles for regular service. A hybrid vehicle that is maintained properly will allow you to achieve the highest fuel efficiency.

Your tire must have the adequate pressure in order to function properly. If there is not enough pressure in the tire, the tire will become soft and hard to handle and control. You should check the tire pressure from time to time and maintain it according to the level as suggested by your manufacturer.

Hybrid car cannot work efficiently in a cold temperature so you should avoid driving it during the winter.

When braking, you should allow enough space between your hybrid car and the car in front so that you can managed the momentum properly.

When approaching a stop light, you should decelerate slowly from far away to prevent coming to a complete stop. If you attempt to accelerate the car to a complete stop, you will use up more fuel after coasting.

If possible, you can use the cruise control to avoid the heavily pushing the gas pedal which can decrease the vehicle mileage.  Cruise control helps the car to save on the mileage.

If you frequently travel on toll roads, you should obtain a cruising pass. By avoiding unnecessary stops and starts, you can increase the fuel economy.

If the vehicle is stopped and not moving, you can shut off the engine to save the gas. The hybrid car does not depend on the gasoline engine because it is equipped with an electric motor. Therefore, the gasoline engines can sometimes be shut down.

You can use low rolling resistance tire to optimize your hybrid car for efficiency. Although most hybrid cars are equipped with a sound tire for providing a smooth ride, most of them are not optimize and will cause a lot of dragging when moving on the roadway. To solve this problem, you can use a stiffer tire that is inflated with higher pressure.

To improve the fuel efficiency, you should use advanced aerodynamics to reduce the drag force. While driving on the highway, the engine of the hybrid car will attempt to use the aerodynamic drag force to push the car through the air. The aerodynamic drag force can be reduced by decreasing the frontal space of your car.

Tips On Buying A New Hybrid Car

This is a guest article submission on tips for buying a hybrid car.

[ad#Google Adsense]Since hybrid car is in production, there is already a market for them. Most of the hybrid car are manufactured by Toyota. However, you can also find hybrid car from other manufacturers such as Honda and Ford. The price of a used hybrid car is often high because they are not yet widely distributed within a marketplace.

Hybrid CarThere are two choices for American hybrid including Saturn Vue Green Line and Ford. Saturn Vue Green is not a good car because the hybrid technology of the General Motor is lousier compare to other hybrid car manufacturers such as Toyota and Ford. The Aura Green Line has a conventional ICE. It is rated as the North American car of the year in 2007. The Aura was invented by the genera motor European opal group and has a modern look. The aura green line has the same appearance as the standard Aura car but it has a higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions. The Chrysler pacifica is equipped with a six cylinder automatic engine. The average fuel economy for the Chrysler pacifica is 15mpg. The normal fill up cost is higher than $60. The 2005 Ford Escape hybrid is equipped with a four cylinder automatic engine. The average fuel economy for the ford escape is 30+ mpg. The normal fill up cost is approzimately $30 per tank.

When buying a used hybrid car, you must check with the dealer about the battery replacement. Toyota are well known for its high quality engineering which allows the hybrid car to drive up to 200,000 miles. Despite that, you should check the cost of the battery replacement since the hybrid car will need replacement once it reach about 100,000 miles.

You must seek warranty coverage for the used hybrid car. The warranty should provide coverage for the battery pack replacement. If the used car dealer does not offer any warranty coverage, you can request them to reduce the price accordingly since you will need to replace a new battery pack.

You can perform price comparison of different hybrid car through online comparison sites such as Automotive.com. You can also refer to the local newspaper classified to research prices for used hybrid car. Buyers of new hybrid cars are required to pay an upfront premium price. Since you are buying a used car, you should not have to pay for that premium because of the leveled hybrid prices.

To increase the warranty protection, you can find out the benefits of buying a certified pre-owned hybrid car. Toyota has been manufacturing hybrid models since 2001, so you should be able to locate dealer owned hybrids nearby you through its website.

After you had chosen a hybrid car model, you can bargain with the dealer to lower the price. When bargaining with the dealer, you can use excuses such as recently lowered car price, battery pack problem to get a lower price. If the used hybrid car is too expensive, you can consider buying a new hybrid car. New hybrid car have higher efficiency, and longer warranty period. New hybrid car also comes with a better financing package and tax break.