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35 mpg is really not that bad, everyone is bitching and moaning about 35 mpg but TDIs get that with a bad MAF and autotragic transmission, lol.

Does this mean more diesel cars?
 

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Who knows. Diesel is more expensive to build right now. You'll probably see small TSI type small displacement engines with turbo and supercharging.
 

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It's 35 mpg across the entire fleet that a manufacturer makes. By 2016 39 mpg average. That means that to sell huge fuel guzzlers, they'll have to sell fuel sippers to balance the average. Because volume sellers are normally smaller cars and not Lincoln Town cars, these standards are not unreasonable.
 
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Probably not. Variable compression engines have a lot of promise. These will be low compression or high compression depending on load. It can combine diesel and gasoline. Too early in it's development for now but I think you'll see diesel and gasoline converge.
 

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Probably not. Variable compression engines have a lot of promise. These will be low compression or high compression depending on load. It can combine diesel and gasoline. Too early in it's development for now but I think you'll see diesel and gasoline converge.
Based on what technology exists now and is reliable, TDI has a lot of promise.
 

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IMO, cars will get more expensive. Cars are better yes, but they will get more expensive. Dealers are now into the certified used cars business because it's profitable. More people will buy used cars and hold onto their cars not just because of the economy, but because cars will get more expensive to meet these standards.
 

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It's 35 mpg across the entire fleet that a manufacturer makes. By 2016 39 mpg average. That means that to sell huge fuel guzzlers, they'll have to sell fuel sippers to balance the average. Because volume sellers are normally smaller cars and not Lincoln Town cars, these standards are not unreasonable.
^^^ Yeah that. But what about Ferrari and Lambo? They are not going to sell many electric cars in a few years. They'll probably get hit with some penalty like a gas guzzler tax.
 

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IMO, these standards are years away. If they can make better batteries and gas continues to get more expensive (how can it not), then economy standards will be moot. In 30 years I doubt there will be many non electric cars other than special use vehicles like off roaders. 18 wheelers will be replaced with diesel electric hybrids like locomotive engines.
 

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IMO, these standards are years away. If they can make better batteries and gas continues to get more expensive (how can it not), then economy standards will be moot. In 30 years I doubt there will be many non electric cars other than special use vehicles like off roaders. 18 wheelers will be replaced with diesel electric hybrids like locomotive engines.
2nd. Electric is just so much more efficient. But in 30 years there will be plenty of gas and diesel cars. You still have plenty of cars from the 70's and 80's on the road and if most switch to electric then gas will be cheap again!:thumbsup
 
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