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Commented On: Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Much More Mileage Than EPA Admits?

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Not clear quite what you're getting at with the statement, "putting a diesel engine in a gas body." Volkswagen has never built a dedicated diesel--that is, a body style that has diesel only, and NOT gasoline.

The original Rabbit diesel, your current Jetta TDI, and every VW diesel in between have used bodies sold BOTH with gasoline and diesel powertrains.

Commented On: The 60 MPG Honda Civic... Not Sold In The U.S.

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This has nothing to do with California emissions requirements. Any maker that chooses to offer a small diesel engine in the U.S. market has to meet the same "Tier 2, Bin 5" emissions requirements to be legal to sell.

Thus far, only Volkswagen and (to a limited extent) Chevrolet have chosen to sell compact cars with diesels.

Commented On: BMW i3 Electric Car: ReX Range Extender Not For Daily Use?

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@Paul: This may help explain the situation:

Commented On: Diesel Car Guide: Every 2015-2016 Car & Light Truck, With Specs: UPDATED

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@Steve Except your 1990 Honda could not be sold as a new car today. It wouldn't pass today's safety tests and would likely be deemed unsafe. It wouldn't pass today's emissions standards. And its acceleration wouldn't be acceptable to today's buyers, let alone its level of equipment.

Cars of a quarter century ago could indeed get decent gas mileage, but they were much, MUCH lighter. The weight gain has largely been due to vastly better safety, more standard equipment, and improved performance.

That's the context for assessing today's gas-mileage ratings.

Commented On: 2011 Chevrolet Volt Vs 2011 Nissan Leaf: 7,000 Miles Later

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@Perry: Was that the cost of a brand-new Volt? I assume you are netting out the $7,500 Federal income-tax credit, which you didn't realize until you filed your taxes. Does that price also include any other financial incentives at a state, regional, or corporate level?

Commented On: Miles-Per-Gallon Is Just Stupid. No, Really, It Is.

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@Tom Thanks for the good words. That link was to a 2009 bill in the House of Representatives that's no longer live, so I just removed it.

Commented On: November Ford's Best Ever Month For Hybrid, Plug-In Sales

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@Howard Note the dates on this article and on John's comment. He left the comment on December 1, 2012 ... more than a year ago.

Commented On: Mercedes-Benz Diesels And Hybrids: Green Goodness, Slow Sales?

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@Annatar: No, an automatic transmission is not why the R-Class BlueTEC tanked. It has exactly the same powertrain has the GL and ML BlueTECs built on the same production line, and they have been relatively successful.

It tanked because U.S. buyers conclusively prefer SUVs and crossovers to station wagons and minivans. Half the buyer pool appeared to view the R-Class as a wagon, the other half as a kind of minivan (despite it not having sliding side doors). Both categories have limited appeal in this market, with wagons far LESS popular than minivans, and so the ML outsold the R 10-to-1 or more.

Commented On: The New Diesel Cars For 2014

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@Steve Note that the title of the article says "2014". We'll cover the 2015 Mazda 6 diesel, assuming it arrives, when we do a similar roundup of 2015 models.

Commented On: 2013 Smart Electric Drive: Drive Video From NY Auto Show

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@Ben We agree, and very much dislike this annoying practice of "net pricing". We think it's deceptive, as explained here:
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