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  1. #231

    Hybrid or Diesel?

    Thats sound like a TDI driven hard

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  3. #232

    Hybrid or Diesel?

    probably a lot less pollution though.

  4. #233

    Hybrid or Diesel?

    But Smart Car cannot be considered since it is
    not sold in the US

  5. #234

    Hybrid or Diesel?

    Its entering the US via grey market and through more formal channels in 2007.

    In general, pollution knows no boundaries.

    Lets face it, with terrorism/oil producing middle east nations, and the degradation of our environment.

    Being Green via the Hybrid is the new red white and blue.

  6. #235

    Hybrid or Diesel?

    Bjorn Said

    "Smart cars are not sold in the US"

    I have been driving my new Smart car for two months. Purchased it from Zap - www.zapworld.com and they have more available. I live in Phoenix, AZ.


  7. #236

    Hybrid or Diesel?

    Greg- thanks for the specific info- I had read they were minimally available through non major dealers--but were poised to formally enter the US market next year.

  8. #237

    Hybrid or Diesel?

    The diesel version of Smart sold in the US?

  9. #238

    Hybrid or Diesel?

    No doubt the hybrids are a shade of green.
    No car is completely green as long it emit some
    pollution. The problem on our world today is
    CO2 gases and diesels are the quickest and
    cheapest way to lower greenhouse gases until
    we find a permanent solution. The prototype
    of the 2-stage hybrid Tahoe getting ready for
    shipment behind me in the warehouse will cost
    $20000 more over the regular Tahoe. Maybe it has
    more equipment, but even a diehard hybrid fan
    must agree that is too much. Probably a great
    choice for a rich person who get privilige HOV
    lane and a tax deduction.

  10. #239

    Hybrid or Diesel?

    Hybrids should be offered with a modern engine,
    namely the direct injection gasoline system.
    When only sulphur free gasoline can be sold
    starting in Aug/Sep it will use even less gas.

  11. #240

    Hybrid or Diesel?

    4.21L/100km average (from the spritmonitor query, above) is 55 MPG (USA) and 66 MPG (Imperial). There are a few in Canada routinely getting 3.21L/100km (73 MPG USA and 88 MPG Imperial), thanks to their particular favourable driving conditions. At http://100mpg.ca , "smartzuuk" had a stretch across the prairies that yielded him 113 MPG Imperial.

    I'm not denouncing hybrid technologies; I just want to point out that diesel is underestimated -- sometimes even disparaged by the articles on hybridcars.com -- and that there are more ways to be conscientious about energy efficiency than locking off on a single solution and a single form-factor.

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