• fb_724385060 avatar Todd Posted: 1/20/2012 8:56am PST

    so less weight increases performance....now there is a revelation. Haven't' we known that since the beginning of increasing performance of, well, nearly everything? Someone took a basic physics class!!!!

  • fb_100000158702725 avatar Charles Posted: 1/20/2012 4:31am PST

    In July I purchased a Ford Focus with the F package and the 2.0 engine. I have driven the car 21,000 miles. It averages 35.1 m/g overall. the aerodynamics and 6 speed auto transmission makes it slip thru the air and transmits horsepower to the road very efficiently. I also have a '07 F150 truck and it gets 18 m/g. It does not slip thru the air efficiently. It seems to me that lighter vehicles with thrifty six or eight speed transmissions are the key design element for high mileage. Also, I buy Ford products because they are imported from Michigan and we need to buy American made products. Ford did not participate in the bail out. c

  • lighter/faster avatar lighter/faster Posted: 1/9/2012 2:29pm PST

    I agree with smaller and lighter and have been saying the same for a long time ,, keep the cars lighter and lower, mandate cars to 3.8 litre and trucks to 5.7l and also put weight limits on non commercial trucks of 4500 lbs curb weight for 1/2 tons and 5500 for 1 tons and all diesels must have idle time limits of 3 minutes or less. weight and frontal arae are the biggest drag and fuel cost items , we dont need all these crossovers with a 6.5 foot tall roof and 1 foot of ground clearence . dont allow trucks of over 5500 lbs and 130 inch wheelbase into downtown core areas without a commercial business liscence This would prevent all the large 4 door monstrosities from cluttering up streets and burning fuel at a rate of 3-6 miles per gal

  • jonros avatar jonros Posted: 1/6/2012 6:30am PST

    I have no desire for 85 hp. 2 litre engines so why not tax based on the size of the motor i.e. $10,000/litre for engines ove 3 litres? I even remember the late David E Davis while at Automobile Magazine I believe noting how adequate the 3 litre engine was citing cars like the Taurus SHO, Maxima, etc. To avoid retooling to some degree make it 3.8 l if you like.

  • slalom avatar slalom Posted: 1/5/2012 10:19am PST

    One approach is to increase fuel prices through higher taxes that reflect the damage to the environment. A carbon tax (emissions rating/distance driven or vehicle weight) on personal automobiles that would be refunded on taxis, public transport and commercial vehicles.
    Another is to increase traffic enforcement using traffic cameras to reduce highway speeds.

    These all are used in Europe.

    A more likely approach is for government to regulate. As in past crises, a tax on air-conditioning (introduced at $100 in Canada in 1977 but never increased to reflect inflation) is one example. They could tax power windows, power seats, heated seats, etc.

  • morriskatz avatar morriskatz Posted: 1/5/2012 10:05am PST

    Amazing, what a revelation, who would have ever thought of that. I'll bet it was paid for by a government grant.

  • bradysdad avatar bradysdad Posted: 1/5/2012 9:19am PST

    DUH!