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      10-30-2007, 05:02 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by GregW / Oregon View Post
Not "real world" and not of concern for you Europeans, perhaps, but we have a little thing called the Gas Guzzler tax here in the US. it was implemented in 1978 on new cars to encourage fuel efficient vehicles, and is collected from the manufacturers by the IRS. The manufacturers turn around and pass it on to the buyer.
We don't have something like Gas Guzzler here, but we're being ripped off with the German fuel prices. Lately I paid 1.51 per liter Ultimate!

Originally Posted by swamp2 View Post
Well here is the real question. Are US EPA mpg ratings as "unreal" as EU ratings. Is the improvement BMW quotes for the M3 based solely on changing EU standards or is it indeed a true apples to apples comparison (even given that the test does not match real world driving in the first place)? I sure hope they correlate becuase the better the EPA mpg rating the car gets the less GGT we will have to pay.
That's a real apples to apples comparison since the EU standard didn't change. If you or anybody else could say how exactly the EPA test procedure goes we could do a comparison with the EU procedure (which states things like "accelerate from 0 to 25 kph in 4 seconds" etc.)

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