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  (Source: gas-mpg.com)
The website offers fuel costs and MSRP of 18 2012-2013 vehicles

The U.S. government just introduced a new section to its FuelEconomy.gov website that allows consumers to compare the payback of certain hybrids and their traditional gasoline counterpart.

The website offers fuel costs and MSRP of 18 2012-2013 vehicles. Consumers simply choose a hybrid model and move the sliders appropriately to see the payback period and fuel savings for that particular vehicle. The calculations are based on fuel prices, city-highway driving percentage and annual miles.

"Based on MSRP and fuel costs alone, hybrid vehicles can save you money versus a comparably equipped conventional vehicle," said fueleconomy.gov.

Some of the vehicles available on fueleconomy.gov are the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid, 2012 Toyota Prius C One, and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco.

An example of the information that the website offers is a comparison of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the gasoline-powered 2012 Hyundai Sonata SE. According to fueleconomy.gov, the hybrid Sonata costs $2,655 more than the conventional version and takes about 5.1 years to pay back.

The government is certainly looking to push consumers toward more fuel efficient vehicles, especially with the White House's recent proposed 54.5 MPG CAFE requirement for 2017-2025 model year vehicles. This standard would save customers $6,600 at the gas pump for the lifetime of a 2025 vehicle.

Source: Fueleconomy.gov



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RE: Great
By Reclaimer77 on 5/22/2012 10:51:57 AM , Rating: 1
I'm not spreading ANY false information. Where in the hell did I say diesels weren't reliable or couldn't win Le Mans? Huh?

I was simply detailing, factually, the economic differences to explain the disparity between US and Euro diesel adoption. There's NO reason to get offended and take this as some kind of attack on diesel. Grow up.

And yes, VERY recently diesel prices have caught up, or passed, petrol in Europe. But for decades this wasn't the case, and obviously this was a BIG factor in why diesel caught on so well there. Are you going to dispute this too?

Another fact you conveniently ignored is that many diesel engines used in Europe simply cannot be brought to the U.S because of regulations, or are not cost-effective to do so. I guess I'm making that up too?

If I'm wrong and there are no economic reasons at all, why isn't diesel used here more? Or do you people just tell yourselves that "yanks hate diesel" and that makes sense to you?


RE: Great
By alexwgreen on 5/22/2012 11:01:16 AM , Rating: 2
Apologies, I should have worded it differently (and maybe replied to one of your other posts). My objection was largely to the claims of poor vw reliability, inferred to be in relation to the topic of DI Diesels.

I should read less quickly.

But the point stands, vw diesels are notoriously reliable.

I can't argue with financial analysis.


RE: Great
By alexwgreen on 5/22/2012 11:11:53 AM , Rating: 2
Still not doing very well replying to the correct posts. Oh well :)


RE: Great
By GotThumbs on 5/22/12, Rating: 0
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