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#129 of 250 Re: funny high mileage sitings [steve_]
Oct 15, 2012 (9:09 am)
You need a DVR or TiVo.
#130 of 250 Re: funny high mileage sitings [ateixeira]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 15, 2012 (9:19 am)
Except the commercials are usually better than what's on the tube.
Ford is touting the MKZ's mpg.
"All-new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid delivers more miles per gallon than every other luxury vehicle in America: EPA-certified 45 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 45 mpg combined." (Yahoo)
Gotta help them reach the new mandate.
#131 of 250 Re: funny high mileage sitings [steve_]
Oct 15, 2012 (9:27 am)
I'll take a loaded Fusion. Looks better.
Heck, a 2.0T with AWD, while you're at it.
Though to get a manual you have to skip AWD.
#132 of 250 Re: funny high mileage sitings [ateixeira]
Oct 15, 2012 (11:37 am)
It's getting harder and harder every year to find models that offer a stick shift with AWD.
Soon it will just be Subaru and the few lux carmakers that cheaped out and didn't develop a RWD platform (Audi, Acura, anyone else??). And after a while, maybe not even Subaru any more. The CAFE mandate might force them to go CVT-only. Gawd what a thought.
#133 of 250 Re: funny high mileage sitings [steve_]
Oct 15, 2012 (4:30 pm)
As far as I can tell MPG is the only bragging right the MPZ has in its class. That wouldn't be enough for me to choose it over its competitors.
#134 of 250 taxes, not technology
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 17, 2012 (2:07 pm)
"Because gas taxes in the U.S. are the lowest in the Western world and have been stagnant for 20 years, they fail to reflect the costs of providing highway infrastructure and energy security, reducing air pollution, tackling greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating traffic-related social ills such as congestion and noise pollution.
The Rand Corp, has suggested that a national oil tax of $15 a barrel would be needed to help recover those costs — particularly energy security — and that a gasoline tax of at least 55 cents a gallon is needed just to address personal transportation's impact on pollution, greenhouse gases and security, said Constantine Samaras, a Rand analyst and engineering professor and an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.
Motorists, ... citing Edmunds.com car shopper data, still don't place fuel efficiency very highly on the list of car purchasing motivations."
California ZEV Mandate — Would a Gas Tax Be Better? (Inside Line)
Which Would You Rather: ZEV Mandate or Gas Tax? (Straightline)
#135 of 250 Re: taxes, not technology [steve_]
Oct 17, 2012 (2:47 pm)
gasoline tax of at least 55 cents a gallon is needed just to address personal transportation's impact on pollution, greenhouse gases and security
Wait, why is that necessary? If a fuel tax was used for interstate transportation infrastructure, then fine. I guess that could even play into the "security" aspect. But pollution & greenhouse gases? Seriously?
#137 of 250 Re: taxes, not technology [xwesx]
Oct 17, 2012 (5:48 pm)
The "security" bit irks me more. Let the coddled so-called private industries who directly benefit from our idiotic foreign policy pay for the waste. Of course, that might make them flee to Zug or Singapore to escape responsibility, seems to be the "we built this" capitalist way.
#138 of 250 Re: taxes, not technology [steve_]
Oct 17, 2012 (5:47 pm)
Impossible without better transportation and housing infrastructure being developed first. As it is today, that tax would be carried virtually entirely by the working class, who are already being kicked in the head by the do-gooder globalist idiots. Unless some benefit is guaranteed, I suspect the monies would just go to continued public sector salary bloat and more lavish pensions.