10 years ago
Like drug addicts unable to kick their habbit, the major motor companies have failed to get off of their oil highs and put America firmly on a 21st century transportation footing. For example, none of the established players offer a strong, light-weight contender. Even the most efficient among them, Toyota's Yaris, comes in at only 35/40 MPG with a 1.5L, 4 cylinder engine.(http://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/E-TOYOTA-Yaris-07.htm) Missing from the current generation are advances such as two-stroke technology, route programming,drive-by-wire, hydraulic power storage, and other possibile improvemnts over the circa 1970s efficiency seen in the Yaris and others.