The 65.2 MPG VW [Updated]
So making the rounds on Facebook right now is this video:
Basically, it’s that Volkswagon makes (here in the US, allegedly) a car that gets over 60 miles to the gallon. But we can’t sell it here because the per-gallon emissions are excessive and the regulations don’t care if that is more than compensated by better mileage. I’ve done some poking around on it, but I’m only seeing this on conservative sites of questionable reliability. However, the links to VW’s Passat offerings in the UK and US are both offered, and what’s available over there is not available over here.
Which all seems sufficiently crazy that I assume that the analysis is missing something.
So, car people, what good rationale, if any, do we have for keeping this off our roads?
Update: Nob provided us with what I would consider to be the answer to the query. Namely, there is little reason to believe that it has anything to do with emissions and is mostly, as some have speculated, a simple markets and measurements issue.