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Fuel-Efficient Cars Still Worth Your Money Even if Fuel Economy Barely Budging

By Angelica Emmanuel Subscribe to RSS | March 20th 2012 | Views:

With gas prices giving motorists a slap in the face, they soon learn not to take fuel economy into account. As the world market may not see gas prices rolling back anytime soon, the shift to fuel-efficient vehicles is visible in ads and consumer behavior. However, is the paradigm shift to lower fuel consumption still worth the budget of your wallet in your pocket?

Christopher Knittel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in his study Automobiles on Steroids, said fuel economy has barely increased. Statistics show gas mileage in general went up by around 15 percent between 1980 and 2006. Knittel said it could have been higher, had the average curb weight did not increase by 26 percent and the horsepower more than doubled. It’s like carrying a heavy pack while climbing the face of a jagged cliff.

Knittel also stressed the visible benefits if cars today stayed the same as those from the 1980s. From the average 10.23 L/100km today, fuel consumption may reach 6.36 L/100km in such a scenario. He pointed out that upgrades in power output and engine performance nearly nullified the decrease in fuel consumption.

It is an obvious fact: technology makes cars go faster and make tighter turns without eating too much fuel. Nevertheless, the study believes a car’s ability to save fuel without sacrificing its performance can go further. From the 15 percent increase recorded between 1980 and 2006, it could have been 60 percent.

However, fuel-efficient vehicles are still worth the buy—even if it only saw modest progress. The MIT economist says the current goals in improving fuel economy can still be achieved under these circumstances. His suggestion to car companies is to focus more on fuel economy than giving it a power boost. With this, you can expect future cars Calgary dealers will sell to have even less fuel consumption.

Until this objective is achieved, it still falls to proper driving practices to help motorists save fuel. Apparently, there is no need to break the speed limit because you will get to wherever you want to go anyway. Whether you are driving a Calgary Ford or Dodge, safe and responsible driving is for every set of wheels, big or small.

Read the article on Knittel’s study at for more details. Ask yourself how your brand new Calgary Dodge can save fuel even if the improvement is barely visible. You may just feel a “Eureka!” moment coming soon.

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