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Should get an award for "Spectacular waste of everybody's time".
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All the Global Green Car Challenge did was divert the press from the real event. The Solar Car Challenge.
The tree huggers are up in arms over one of the thirstiest cars on the Australian market winning a Green car challenge. I think its funny the organisers should have seen it coming either that or none of them have actually driven a car like this on a road trip.
Sounds like they didn't put much thought into it, of course you will get great variation in high performance vehicles economy based on how they are tuned and driven. You don't get this big variation with smaller engined vanilla cars.
Hybrids are joke, especially in Aus where we don't build them (yet). No one has pointed out the $5000 battery replacement cost + more to dispose of that battery, Toyota claims last 8-10 years. At that price the car will be a throw away after 8-10 years (who would spend such on a 10 year old car ?).
The Camry Hybrid is about to hit the market. We have been lied to about the benefits of the hybrid technology.
I am about to take delivery of a Mini Cooper Diesel I didn't buy it as a save the world or save fuel exercise. I brought one because I like the way they drive. I have always liked light good handling small cars. What I am over is the noisy 4 bangers in these cars. The Cooper Diesel is a great drive the engine is effortless.
Oh - and as one writer (in the USA, where the car is not available yet) figured - "For now, the Cooper D would cost at least $25,000"
You HAVE to be joking! I'm a Brit and I <u>learned to drive</u> in a Mini. But I am NOT about to pay $25 grand for a sardine can on wheels, no matter if it DOES make 0-60 mph in 10 seconds, and "the engine runs smoothly and, if you keep the windows up, quietly. "