'Your mileage may vary.'
Chrysler dropped a bombshell today, insinuating that its forthcoming 2013 Dodge Dart will have a combined fuel economy of 40 miles per gallon. Some media outlets have regurgitated this number without question. But it just isn't true, as that 40-mpg fuel economy number is unadjusted and will most certainly be lower once it gets printed on window stickers.
Chrysler claims to be on track to sell 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. in 2011. However, key vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Fiat 500 are in short supply and, of the 170 U.S. dealers granted franchises to peddle Fiat vehicles, fewer than 50 are currently operational. Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat SpA, gave investors the following understatement: "Officially, we are behind schedule."
The all new Ford Focus five-door hatchback and four-door sedan have been unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The projected 40 miles per gallon highway rating certainly makes it impressive, albeit just slightly less impressive than the Chevy Cruze Eco that's officially rated at 42 mpg highway. The improved aerodynamic design of the 2012 Focus (the new four-door has a drag co-efficient of 0.297 compared to the current model's 0.320) along with the new 2.0-liter gasoline direct-injection fo
In spite of rising gas prices in the United States, the number of cars capable of exceeding 40 mpg seems to be dropping. The Civil Society Institute will be releasing a report on February 14 indicating that although more and more high-mileage cars are becoming available in other markets, they aren't available here. According to a poll that they conducted, many Americans want higher mileage cars.
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