A Guide To The Future Of High MPG: It's About Efficiency, Not Economy.

Rex Roy

Enthusiasts have reason to be concerned about high-performance cars being regulated out of existence. Consider the recent passage of the Obama administration's new CAFE standards as well as the looming specter of cap and trade carbon taxes. Some Draconian scenarios predict an over-regulated future filled with dull cars.

More hopeful readings of the vehicular tealeaves portray a vibrant automotive market. For the sake of this article, we'll operate under the assumption the industry is headed in this happier direction. Based on decades of trend watching, technology is the avenue automakers will take to meet new regulations while still providing exciting levels of performance.

There is no one correct path to the future and automakers will likely use a variety of strategies and combinations of technologies to reach their government-set goals. To help identify possible tracks, this article looks at five different highly efficient vehicles that could foreshadow things to come:

  • 2010 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 2010 BMW 335d
  • 2010 Porsche 911
  • 2010 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 2010 Lexus RX450h

You will likely agree that none of these cars is dull

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