Yeah, imagine the nation's fuel consumption if the average personal vehicle goes from ~20 mpg to ~60mpg. If they bring over the diesel, then maybe they could make a high FE model with better aerodynamics and a six speed manual tranny.
I wish for the manual tranny as well. they also have this system on some of the smarts overseas that will cut the engine under a certain speed. I can't remember what it is but it is low. what this does is kills the car at stop lights and it claims to get 8 or 9% better FE for it. doesn't sound like much but that is almost 8MPG on a car that gets 40 to the gallon.
I hope that smart takes off in the US. Honestly, I can't see it doing bad. I just wish they could keep up with demand
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