In 2006 when Michael and I went to Cannes, France in 2006, we rented a very nice medium-sized Citroen van which took diesel and did 60 miles to the gallon. We were very surprised to find that this kind of car was so readily available, and would have loved to have taken it back with us. (We later learned, when you visit Europe, ask for a small car. We were given a “free upgrade” at the time, not realizing that the knowing ones all want small cars. Parking spaces are so small that you are much more likely to end up with a big scratch on the car, from other drivers, as we did. When traveling to Europe, always be sure to use one of those gold credit cards with the free auto insurance before you leave).
Looking into this further, it turns out that we would not have been allowed to bring it back. Our government is preventing ultra-high-mileage vehicles from being sold here; even though some are built here! With mileages of 50 MPG, 75 MPG, 180 MPG and even 300 MPG, the government says these vehicles “don’t meet American standards” but they’re fine for Europe, which has much higher environmental standards than the US.
Who makes these super-high-mileage cars? BMW, Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen. Read on to find out what the rest of the world can have, but we Americans cannot.
The following report is intended to be a wake up call for the American people. There are no tricks here, such as quoting imperial gallons, referencing tiny cars, electric cars, or even hybrids. These cars are straight up 50 plus mile per gallon winners which are banned for sale in the U.S.
Urban Cruiser SUVcrossover by Toyota
Mileage – 52.8 mpg. Even higher on the highway
4 wheel drive version – 48 mpg
Nissan Qashqai SUV crossover
Highway mileage – 56 mpg
American version highway mileage- a pathetic 26 mpg
Highway mileage with ethanol mix – 18 mpg
How on earth can the difference be so huge? True, the ultimate mileage is compliments of a diesel engine but that cannot account for such a severe mileage cut. The American version has got to be intentionally de-tuned to deliver horrific comparable mileage. And that is not the end of it, because using ethanol, which is paid largely by tax subsidies, and is being forced on us, the mileage drops to a disgustingly low 18 mpg on the highway.
TDI Volkswagen Passat wagon
Highway mileage – 78.5 mpg
City mileage – Over 50 mpg
This beautiful, super big car is totally banned in America. If you manage to get one into the states, you will be allowed 30 days to leave with it or it will be impounded and crushed. Are you outraged yet? I hope so.
Volkswagen – 261 mpg
If you take the time to wade through all the censorship, you will eventually discover that there are over 20 full sized cars, including 10 SUV’s that get combined mileage figures of over 50 U.S. MPG.
Personally, we believe that this disgusting destruction of our freedom goes way past making the oil barons and oligarchs insanely rich at our expense, and the government stealing even more money through taxes for fuel that we don’t need to use. We believe it’s also to help the oligarchs maintain control. If travel is cheap, people travel, not just on holiday but also to seminars, conferences and rallies, where people gain new knowledge and the meeting of like-minded people produces all kinds of wonderful results which can bring in peace and prosperity for everyone on earth.
Think of all the hotels and restaurants that would get more business. They should especially be behind a concerted effort to get these brutal and insane laws cancelled. Think of how everyone would have more money to spend on local products and services if they weren’t burning fuel that they did not need to. If you have been looking for a cause to get behind to save the planet and America, that everyone except the oligarchs will support, this could well be it.