Building A Fuel-Efficient Vehicle is Very Challenging
Power economy was thought to be a significant factor in their selection of a new car by a minimum of 1/3 of buyers in America. Due to the preoccupation today with air pollution, global warming and America’s dependence on international sources of oil, it’s actually shocking to learn that as long ago as 1992 a car that got 100 miles to the gallon was built by General Motors. The GM TPC became a car that was able to get 75 miles per gallon, weighed about 1000 pounds, and looked like the Geo Metro. The automobile had a 3-cylinder engine, but was abandoned when it needed 200 pounds of reinforcement to be added to comply with America’s safety laws.
It might be shocking that GM had this car built and left behind, but they had other prototypes that ended the same way. These types of automobiles include the GM Lean-Machine in 1982 at 80 MPG, as well as the GM Ultralite which got 100 MPG. When Honda in 1992 reached 50 mpg with the Civic VX, GM was selling cars that got 20 mpg, while in the background they had vehicles capable of 100 mpg. If perhaps cars that were able to get 100 miles per gallon had already been developed way back then, why is it that such cars are not being sold today?
An additional perplexing thing is that many manufacturers, while selling fuel-eficient vehicles in foreign countries, are selling traditional gas guzzlers in the US. For quite some time automobiles that get over 70 miles per gallon have been purchased in Japan and Europe. A case in point of a vehicle never sold in the US and capable of 78 mpg, is the Lupo by Volkswagen. In 2007, Honda in the united states launched the FIT, in other places known as the Jazz. The Jazz in Japan has solutions to enhance fuel economy and a smaller engine, but for the US, the Fit doesn’t even have a smaller engine as an option.
Auto manufacturers in the united states tell their public that they create big autos because they, the public, love big autos. Building a small commuter type vehicle doesn’t make the manfacturer big money, unlike with a large SUV. American citizens have been brainwashed with commercials to believe that they simply must have the latest and largest bundu basher. The reality that options have never been presented demonstrates where the big companies have their interests. Rather than being identified with SUVs, GM today could have been known as a leader in fuel-economic vehicles. Americans haven’t been denied merely by GM, but also by all the other manufacturers who have developed fuel-efficient cars.
In spite of global warming and the incredible pollution of the world environment, US car makers have yet to act in response positively and at least give Americans the option of a fuel-efficient car. What number of people would have loved having a car that got good gas mileage, and were never offered the option? Can it be time to retrieve those abandoned designs and, again, start building those vehicles that were once built a long time ago?
Mechanic North Shore
Sparg’s Auto Tune
#D 62 Porana Road
Wairau Valley, Auckland 0627