I have been reading and learning about some of the more famous inventions, and the inventors, that have been suppressed by Big Government, Big Oil, and Big Pharmaceuticals. And what an eye—opener it has been.
The German made car, the Volkswagen “Lupo” was manufactured from 1998 until 2005. The “Lupo” was discontinued in 2005, and was replaced by the “Fox”. However, rumors and expectations were expected in 2011 for a new “Lupo” model- maybe even some model bound for the U.S. But I can’t find if this did take place. I am assuming they mean “The Polo” which gets 70 mpg and is less than $20,000 –but rumors say it might hit the U.S. market sometime.
The price for the “Lupo” is around $17,000 in U.S. dollars, in places where gas is $4.00 a gallon or more. Most Americans are unaware that gas is considered cheap here in the U.S. compared to other countries.
The name “Lupo” means “wolf” in Italian, cleverly named after its place of manufacture, in Wolfsburg, Germany. It is available all over Europe.
(photo left: Of the new Polo which may hit the U.S. market and photo right: of a pair of Lupos))
In Europe, the car is called the “3L”, meaning it gets 3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. A gallon of gas = 3.785 liters, while a liter = .26 gallons. A kilometer = .62 miles. So 100 kilometers is 62 miles. So three liters, or .78 (.26 x 3) of a gallon would get you 62 miles down the road. For the U.S., that means about 78 miles per gallon. And no other car in production gets close to this mileage. It was really the first of its kind in the quest for a fuel efficient car that many said couldn’t be done. But Volkswagen took the challenge, and the “Lupo” was its answer.
There are many varieties of “Lupos” from Volkswagen. The cars are tiny, not very comfortable (from what others say) and lacks some power. Not the type of cars those of us in the U.S. are accustomed to. We like our cars and trucks big, powerful, and gas guzzlers.
But if you are looking for a car that has shown to get over 100 mpg- then this is it. A great fuel efficient car. The Lupo took a drive around the world, supposedly getting over 100mpg. The news didn’t follow it much, or make headlines – but it is still called the 99mpg car today. You can Google it if you want. Articles have been written about this car in many of the prominent newspapers – USA Today, New York Times, and more. Here’s the Wikipedia page on it. It also hit the list from TruTV on the 18 most suppressed inventions.
Driving the little car as you would normally, the average is 70 mpg, and that’s in stop and start traffic. Other test drives, got just 2.79 liters per 100 km, which is 84 mpg. On highway, it got over 99 mpg. Wow!
Can you imagine, for example, driving 500 miles average a month, and only having to buy just over 6 gallons of gas? I can’t imagine that over here in the United States. With an average of $3.40 a gallon as I write this, that’s about $21.00 a month for gas. Hope my math is right. I took 500 miles divided by 62 miles which gives me 8.06. Multiply 8.06 by .78 of a gallon, gives me 6.29 gallons to go 500 miles. Each .78 of a gallon gets me 62 miles. (photo is an interior view of the Lupo)
Volkswagen has never had any plans to sell the “Lupo” or any of its other fuel efficient cars here in the United States BECAUSE – the automakers doesn’t want the U.S. to have fuel efficiency in cars. They have deliberately withheld this from the United States. Why? They want to sell us more oil and gas to prop up their profits. Greed is good – remember. Cause Americans are stupid and we will continue to import oil and gas and pay whatever price they choose. Currently, America consumes 25% of the world’s oil supply. I have gotten that figure from several sources. Yes, 25%!. We are hogs. And our government, our politicians, and the media, are all biased to keep fuel efficiency, among other things, from coming to us. Greed is good. Everything is about profit. And America is a very wealthy country, so the automakers and oil companies have lobbyists that have our politicians and big business in their pockets. Sad isn’t it? I would like to spend $20 bucks a month on fuel. But I have no choice but to buy a car that barely gets 28 mpg. Ugghh!
But, currently, a new car has arrived here in the United States. It is being touted as the 99 mpg car, the all electric “Nissan Leaf”. Here’s a link to an article from CNN Money on the “Leaf”. It was actually unveiled in 2010, so it’s not really new in 2012. But I have just started hearing about it. Must be bad advertising. Anyway, the EPA approved the 99 mpg rating. (photo right: of a Nissan Leaf)
I have been seeing a few commercials on this new “Leaf”, and no doubt a big Super Bowl Commercial will be seen tomorrow during the Super Bowl. The advertising seems to just have started.
An all electric car, here in the U.S.? Stupid! Just Stupid. It would be absolutely great if we actually had electric fuel stations here – which we don’t. Where are we supposed to refuel the electricity?
I like the idea of an all electric car – but you have to have some place besides your garage to charge the thing up. Otherwise, it’s USELESS!
But, we’ll see if this all electric car takes off here – and soon. Will it be a big hit or a dud? Stay tuned.
But why does Europe and other countries have access to these incredible fuel efficient cars and why is it suppressed to Americans? GREED. PROFIT.
In the New York Times article, it states that President George Bush’s advisors said that any car over 80 mpg would be impractical and an “unrealistic goal”. Bullsh&*!
Others “experts” have been quoted as saying – “Americans have no interest in fuel efficient cars”. Really?
What do you think. The car is very small and uncomfortable. But is great on fuel, a green car. Would you buy one? Is fuel efficiency important to you?