A car that will reach 282 miles per gallon is based on ... A car that will reach 282 miles per gallon is based on the Audi A1 platform seen above. (Photo courtesy Volkswagen).
In the future, 2012 may be remembered as the year fuel economy rose to the forefront of the American auto industry.

President Obama announced the more-stringent CAFÉ standard of 54.5 miles per gallon earlier this year that carmakers must comply with by 2025. Meanwhile, car companies have practically tripped over themselves in rushing to develop fuel-efficient vehicles that run the gamut of their lineups, from small sedans to full-size pickups.

Records have been set throughout the year. Now comes another that trumps the rest.

Audi is building a four-seat vehicle that could return 282 miles per gallon, a company executive told Autocar. Wolfgang Durheimer, the company's head of technical development, tells the website the car is known internally as the 1.0-liter car and is based on the current A1 platform.

Earlier plans indicate it will rely on both a gas-powered engine and electric battery. Emphasis on early: Durheimer indicated that it will be at least three years before the car reaches customers.



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      krbulldogs
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mike711, you are so right. I was in Spain in September and drove a Seat Altea and got nearly 50 mpg on the road with 4 people in the car. Of course it was diesel. And diesel in Spain is about 40 cents cheaper than gas per gallon approximately than here. Why is diesel so expensive here compared to Spain and I assume all of Europe? The oil companies here are screwing us royally. I would buy that Seat in a second if it was here.
        BIGBUFFB52
        • 2 Years Ago
        @krbulldogs
        Could be all the impurities removed and chemicals added to make it run cleaner here.
        exnbcnco
        • 2 Years Ago
        @krbulldogs
        Where in Spain? I lived in Madrid and Torremolinos for about 7 years. I miss the great food!
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car companies have had carburators that have performed fantastic gas mileage, however neither the gas companies nor the government will allow them to be mass produced and used
        rolnutz
        • 2 Years Ago
        Autos do not use carburetors anymore. I heard you statement by others back when my old Ford had carburetors,and gas was 19.9 cents a gallon.they couldn't do it than,and still can't.No conspiracy here, if anyone could invent any type of device that would get 100 MPG for a full size auto on gasoline alone ,no one could stop them,or buy them out,because they would become a millionaire overnight,and richer than that the next day.
        Jay
        • 2 Years Ago
        There is a branch of engineering and chemistry called "thermodynamics." You may want to read just a little about it before you make your claim.
      JIM
      • 2 Years Ago
      It sounds like another Chevy Volt, a good idea but too expensive.
      • 2 Years Ago
      ain't gonna happen
      Alfred Bundy
      • 1 Year Ago
      CAFE. ONE MORE THING that illegal, treasonous, baby slaughtering, normalphobic POS has done.RUINED THE CAR INDUSTRY! You cant make good cars with balls anymore. All these ***** PANSY WUSSYMOBILES THAT SUCK are the norm! AHOLE! Green *****'s! GO BROWN!
      brennemanbelkin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cars get 40 miles per gallon and gas costs 4 dollars. When cars routinely get 200 miles per gallon, gas will cost 20 dollars. (Not to mention that battery that will cost 10 grand to replace)
        mama5844
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brennemanbelkin
        Hey The Martins. Keep tuned to the Department of Justice. I was watching Rachel Maddow last night and she had a segment interviewing a congress woman who talked about a couple of refineries that were supposedly shut down for maintenance and were responsible for the price of gas going up in May and again in September. Except, they were still producing gasoline for at least half the time they were supposedly off line, according according to the EPA reports on emmissions at the plants. So were the companies artificially manipulating the 'supply and demand' ? Hopefully there will be investigations according to the congresswoman. One refinary ws in CA, can't remember but I think the other was on the east coast. Screw the oil companies. 100+ years ago, the men in my family had to find new jobs when whaling became obsolete (thank god, poor whales) if oil for fuel goes away, the better for the enviromnment, even though petroleum is used to make so many modern products besides fuel.
        The Martins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brennemanbelkin
        Kinda shoots a hole in the "supply and demand" theory of capitalism. That said, were they to artificially inflate gas to 20 dollars per gallon, drivers would find alternatives such as mass transit, electric cars, alt energy etc.
        Hello Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brennemanbelkin
        I bet you're a delight to have at parties. Does everybody see the glass half empty?
      • 2 Years Ago
      AWESOME! A 1 liter engine to charge batteries not drive the car.
      garyms4
      • 2 Years Ago
      My first thought is 'bull s**t'.
      accurateinspct
      • 2 Years Ago
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      mefishn4cash
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its pointless to make a car get 282 miles to the gallon to help ease the strain on the american consumer. When cars are getting 200+ miles per gallon then a gallon of gas will cost $20. The higher the mileage goes up the higher the price of gas goes up.
      jiisd
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still like the idea of reducing gas prices first and foremost!
      bpd9227
      • 2 Years Ago
      So the price of gas will go up to $20.00 a gallon based on current pricing.
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