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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

Customer Rated Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Fuel Efficient Cars

Every engine is different, even if it’s the same model, same size, etc…every engine will act and react a little differently.  Generally these differences can be chocked up to how the engine was broke in, during it’s most important first 500 miles or even be effected by who was working on the assyembly line the day it was made.  Point being, fuel economy can change from vehicle to vehicle with no obvious explanation, there are just differences.  So, instead of hype, Market Watch, turned to it’s readers to choose which vehicles are the most fuel efficient.

It may surprise you, but Ford makes the list, along with luxury brand economy BMW.  Ford and BMW were arrived at being the most fuel efficient based on a 6 month long study.

Starting March 1, 2008 and ending August 31, 2008, Expert System examined reader comments and messages on the Web sites: Automotive.com, CarandDriver.com, Carforum.com, and Carspace.com. Only readers’ opinions related to fuel efficiency were analyzed, not manufacturers’ specifications for the vehicles. The luxury vehicles with the highest ratings of fuel efficiency, ranging from the highest score on, are: BMW, Lexus, Acura, Jeep, and Infiniti. The non-luxury vehicles with the highest ratings are: Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Chevrolet, and Honda. The auto brands were classified based on their sales prices.

It’s believed that the information arrived from the semantic software, based on information from users, is the most honest feedback a potential buyer could find.  Completely unbiased, the information collected offers insight to what vehicle owners really feel about their luxury and non-luxury cars.  So, if you are feeling the pressure at the pump, doing your research can eliviate some of that stress in the next automotive purchase you make.  Congratulations Ford and BMW!

New Saturn Astra, It’s Cheap

It looks like the Saturn Ion will be going the way of the Dodo Bird, with the introduction of the new 2008 Saturn Astra.  It’s a European styled compact with bear bones pricing and practically no standard features, starting at $16,495.  Mind you, this base line model doesn’t include an automatic or even air conditioning, which I thought was standard equipment since the model T.

08 Saturn Astra

The 4-Cylinder engine is a little wanting, since once it’s loaded down with passengers and luggage the 125lb of torque just doesn’t do interstate on ramps.  But, those searching for a relief to $4 gallon fuel prices will probably be more than willing to sacrifice that get up and go for 32mpg on the highway.

Saturn on eBay

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