Some 2007 models are already set for $2,000 rebates, including Honda Civic Hybrid, Ford Escape HEV and Toyota Prius. There are also $1,500 and $1,000 rebate levels. Not all are for subcompacts or hybrids. The Chevy Impala with flex-fuel or E85 capability is up for a $1,000 rebate.
The story in the Guardian newspaper included an interview with the driver of a Mercedes Smart. He said he has a friend who also drives a Smart who has recorded 114mpg on smooth and level roads.
I like positive stories about great gas mileage, but I wish people would learn how to use a calculator. And I wish the journalists behind these stories would challenge the purveyors of these wild claims. If this Smart driver really is getting 114mpg, there may be a few million dollars waiting for him.