A recent video is going viral showing an American man describing his European vacation experience in a rental Volkswagon Passat while in the UK. He was shocked to see the vehicle was getting 50+ miles-per-gallon carrying four adults and hefty luggage. He discovered that without the typical vacation load, the UK's VW Passat could run a whopping 65+ miles per gallon.
Back in the States, he contacted a Volkswagon dealer about the diesel model, but the best mileage available was 44 miles-per-gallon from the TDI Passat model. When pressed, the dealer finally admitted, "The US Government won't allow it." Why exactly would fuel efficiency be suppressed, and how widespread is this inequality?
The dealer explained:
VW makes American models for Americans.
VW does manufacture that fuel efficient motor, but it is shipped to South America and other countries, no sales allowed here.
Ford also makes cars with 70+ mpg ability [IN THE U.S.] -- only permitted for sale to other countries.
US Gov't won't allow due to "economic" reasons.
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