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Old 06-17-2007, 09:21 PM   #11
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Hello -

Mazda 2 in 2008? Coolio.

It won't reach Europe or USA anytime soon (or ever), but "Tata Motors" of India wants to make a ~$2500 microcar.

India readies world's cheapest car: $2,467

The Tata Motors Rs. One Lakh car story

Tata Motors

PS : 100,000 Rupees => $2,454


Old School SW2 EPA ... New School Civic EPA :

What's your EPA MPG?
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:05 AM   #12
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Volvo "brick" driver here wants some significant protective steel.
You can have all the airbags you want; I like a nice strong steel cage designed specifically for occupant protection.

However our next vehicle purchase may well be lower in weight than these 3000 lb. cars. And most likely a standard tranny!

Currently getting +/- 50 mpg in fall weather. EPA is 31/39 so not too shabby. WAI, fuel cutoff switch, full belly pan, smooth wheel covers.

Now driving '97 Civic HX; tires ~ 50 psi. '89 Volvo 240 = semi-retired.
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Old 06-18-2007, 03:57 PM   #13
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If it was going to rev 5-6,000 on the interstate they could just use a motorcycle engine, I'm sure this isn't the issue. As for dragging around a jail cell (iron cage) with you everywhere, if we invested more in NASA and stopped cutting their budget in half every year, (thanks W), I'm sure we could find something more liberating than steel, more practical than glass and carbon fibers, and lighter than aramids.

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Old 06-18-2007, 04:18 PM   #14
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We could just cut the NASA budget completely and use the money right here and solve a few or many problems too . or Just let Bruce drive the car he wants and hypermile it to prove it can be done . Kind of similar huh ? Space travel and exploration vs hypermiling a brick ...Einstein was right - its *all* relative
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Old 06-18-2007, 04:19 PM   #15
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The problem isn't that the engine can't run that high (They might as well be motorcycle engines, what's the beat rev to, 9k?), it's that you'll get bad fuel economy on the highway with their supershort gearing.

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