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The quoted figures take no account of the fact that you constantly have to brake and then accelerate when driving, there may be cross winds or head winds when cruising so there is no way you can reach the cruising mpg figures quoted. Having your head lights on can dramatically affect fuel consumption because of the extra drag on the engine caused by the alternator, like wise, air conditioning. Then there is the usual rush hour traffic jams where you may not get out of 1st or 2 nd gear for most of your journey. You may have passengers on board or be carrying other heavy things which all cause extra drag, which also applies if you fill your car up as a full tank of fuel is very heavy.
If you drive a turbo diesel and use the boost all the time, which you will be, you will be quite surprised by how much fuel you can use - this is why many small turbo diesels are way below what is quoted. There are many other things which the lab does not take into consideration, so be advised,never buy a car based on the quoted fuel consumption figures and, by the look of this test, be very careful when purchasing a petrol/diesel hybrid as well, because they only work if you do a few miles a day and can stay on electric power only, as soon as the petrol/diesel engine is used, the fuel consumption is not better than a non- hybrid vehicle and in some cases its a lot worse. Given that you have just paid a lot more money for the hybrid version than the equivalent petrol/diesel power one, you could be well out of pocket.
The garage gave all the excuses , running in, after 200 miles will give better consumption, etc.
A year later and he still getting around 36 mpg.
Really all owners should take a class action in the Courts against each Manufacturer for miss leading selling by fraud and misrepresentation and demand damages . If that happened then you would find very quickly the Manufacturers would tell the trurth , and stop this missleading advertising.
Brighton & Hove City council want to introduce 20mph speed limits on residential roads, to protect cyclists & other vulnerable road users, & to reduce emissions. Clearly they don't understand that lower speed means driving in a lower gear, which increases fuel consumption & exhaust emissions.
I'm all for protecting other road users, but the other road users must play their part too. Kamikaze cyclists & pedestrians that don't look where they are going have some responsibility for their own safety too!
What do we really expect - honesty? Look at almost any advert for say, shampoo and soap powder, do they do everything they say they will? Look at adverts for acne, and other skin care products and ask yourself why they show models with flawless skin and wonderfully shiny hair. We are duped all the time with advertising, and this includes loaded figures by manufacturers, and of course politicians fiddle the figures too did you know?
This world, and by that I really do mean this world, is largely an illusion we have all bought into, and what is the greatest medium for our brainwashing - TV and advertising.
My message is: stop believing and question everything however small, you will be suprised how much c**p you will rid yourself , or relieve yourself of.
I drive a diesel citron Picasso 2.0 HDI, 02 reg and have found you can get near the "offical figures" but you have to drive with a feather foot and anticipate things such as braking, overtaking etc well in advance and coast down inclines. put the right foot down and all figures fly out of the window. I set the computor to give constant mpg readout to assist and it does focus the driving style some what.
Real world? you find yourself being swamped by other drivers!
Forgot to add that anything over about 65 mph the figures tumble. Still better than the brother in laws 23 mpg diesel range rover! (for his sake I hope my sis don't read this )
I have covered 8000 miles in my Ford focus 1.6TDCI Zetec 115 and my average fuel consumption over that time is 52MPG and that is not taking it easy im sure if I had driven carefully I could easily have managed at least 58MPG not quite 67.3 but not 42.3 either. So I would seriously question the figures in this article. Id question the manufacturerers figures also. But I would say from my experience it would probably be possible to do 67.3MPG if driven extremely carefully but to average 42.3MPG I would have to drive everywhere in first gear at 4500RPM.
Sensatuionalist rubbish as per usual
It is a fact that if you buy more the price can come down.
If everyone buys cars that can do 70mpg then fuel will end up twice the price it was when cars did 35mpg. The manufacturers have to make so much money to keep production running and to provide a return on their borrowing to their investors.
It has happened with gas, electricity etc.
By the same token people on a fixed budget end up getting less for the same outlay.
ie. an old lady who paid £400 per year to heat her house finds that she can only have the heating on for half the length of time now because she still has only £400 per year to spend on heating.
In future she may only be able to have the heating on for a quarter of the time.
Took delivery of a new VW Golf 1.6 TDi Bluemotion DSG yesterday.
Delivery mileage about 80 and the computer showed average consumption around 52 as per this article.
However I experimented with driving style this morning and by taking a lot of care maintained consumption in the high 60s and so far have got the average up to 62.
So. its really all down to driving style but admittedly the style rquired to get the consumption figures is not one that I could easily maintain long term. Fine for a rolling road but not so much for real life.
The problem is braking. Every time one hits the brake then forward motion and its associated energy is lost and can only be regained by using more fuel.
The manufacturer numbers are correct but the demands on the driver to achieve them are unrealistic.
Stephen, solar and wind have no business being connected to National Power Grids. They are unavoidably incapable of satisfying base load and peak load essential requirements, and are a colossal White Elephant and waste of Public resources.
They do have their place, which is for small scale off-grid application, and where they are fit for purpose, I am a huge enthusiast (to the extent that I am presently in the process of designing and building a radically new type of small wind generator and blade system - there is no generator made that is capable of mounting my blade design, so I am having to design a new type of generator to be able to have the blades functioning).
Pretending that these devices can fulfil a function that they are simply incapable of providing, is doing nobody any favours at all.
Official Government statistics. No doubt miliband will blame the tories and call for an inquiry.
Every car is different and testing on a smooth traffic free, bump free track in ideal weather conditions will always give better results compared to a real road usage scenario.
I thought it had been well known for many years that the published figures are as a comarison between cars, not an indication of what you'll achieve on the road.
Any test figures obtained will be useless to anyone unless they are all obtained under the exact same comditions, i.e on a rolling road under controlled conditions.
As soon as you get other factors involved such as traffic, hills, wind, rain etc they become usless for comparison between vehicles.
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