• Roland Posted: 4/13/2011 4:11pm PDT

    Why aren't natural gas cars being mentioned? The USA has plenty of natural gas at far cheaper prices than gasoline. The European car market sells 16% of all cars as natural gas (including American brands). All gas stations have nutural gas, diesel, and regular gas selections. Almost half of all car sales in Europe are diesel. In America, only the Honda Civic can be bought as a natural gas vehicle.

  • Rolans Posted: 4/13/2011 4:08pm PDT

    Why aren't natural gas cars being mentioned? The USA has plenty of natural gas at far cheaper prices than gasoline. The European car market sells 16% of all cars as natural gas (including American brands). All gas stations have nutural gas, diesel, and regular gas selections. Almost half of all car sales in Europe are diesel. In America, only the Honda Civic can be bought as a natural gas vehicle. See: http://www.boston.com/cars/news/articles/2008/05/23/is_us_overlooking_fuel_alternative/

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 4/8/2011 5:40pm PDT

    @GR, Weight and safety are really the difference between then and now. The Sprint you're referring to weighed around 1,500 pounds; today's average vehicle weighs nearly 3,500 pounds, and even many compacts hit 3,000 pounds. However the 2011 Cruze Eco's 42-mpg EPA rating, for a car of nearly that weight, is all the more impressive when you consider its protection...

  • GR Posted: 4/8/2011 3:36pm PDT

    Yes Gabor they did and so did Chevy 20 years ago. My sister had a Chevy Sprint that routinely got over 45mpg and it occassionally got over 50. It's twin the Geo Metro did too. Sure the 3cyl motor wasn't a powerhouse but it did 70mph and cost around $7500. Funny how Chevy forgot how to make a car that gets anywhere near that mpg today.

  • Gabor Posted: 3/18/2011 12:23am PDT

    I agree with Bill. For same price as Prius you can get a TDI Golf that is actually made in Germany. It even has a 6 speed manual and goes around corners! However, as diesel is more expensive than gas, they would just likely go for something that burns gas. Most people don’t know that diesel fuel contains more energy per given quantity. Then there is the other important consideration – the diesel can be hot rodded!
    The high gas prices make me smile each time I ride by bicycle to work. (Yes, it is possible to ride to work in Southern California.) I just have to what out for those dam Priuses as they don’t make much noise when they go by.
    Didn’t Honda make a Civic HX coupe that got 50mpg about 12 years ago? I don’t recall it having batteries.

  • Matt Posted: 3/17/2011 7:40pm PDT

    Another "knee jerk reaction" from the GP.

  • fb_100000641225953 avatar Bill Posted: 3/17/2011 12:38pm PDT

    Why aren't diesel cars mentioned when the subject of increasing your fuel mileage, only hybrids? The VW TDI can give any of the hybrids a run for their money when it comes to mileage and the cost less than most hybrids. It is almost as if the word diesel has been removed from the American jounalists dictionary. They need to wake up and smell the diesel fuel.

  • fb_100000641225953 avatar Bill Posted: 3/17/2011 12:37pm PDT

    Why aren't diesel cars mentioned when the subject of increasing your fuel mileage, only hybrids? The VW TDI can give any of the hybrids a run for their money when it comes to mileage and the cost less than most hybrids. It is almost as if the word diesel has been removed from the American jounalists dictionary. They need to wake up and smell the diesel fuel.