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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Audi and VW: Fuel efficient cars for the US

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Forbes.com has an interesting article how Americans can benefit from fuel-efficient cars. And using diesel looks like a major trend from the rising fuel prices.
More diesels are on their way to market, and upscale automakers such as BMW and Audi say they are considering selling diesels here.

Of course, the other relevant news item is the high price of oil. According to The Associated Press, oil prices are roughly 45% higher than a year ago, and have increased sharply in recent weeks due to a combination of colder weather, the declining value of the dollar and fears that OPEC could rein in production to head off a seasonal drop in demand. Instability in Iraq and underlying fears about terrorism have also played a part in the rally. Now is as good a time as ever to consider fuel economy.

You can get that good fuel economy with a hybrid or a diesel, or you can do it the old-fashioned way: with small car with a small engine, such as the Volkswagen Golf. The diesel Golf gets 38/46 city/highway mpg and is one of the most fuel-efficient hatchbacks sold in the U.S., but the gas-powered Golf still gets an impressive 24/31 city/highway mpg.

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