"In the 1970s, '80s and '90s, carmakers all offered super-high-efficiency cars," says Eric Noble, president of the Car Lab, an auto industry research and consulting group. "Now that consumers are clamoring for them, those cars are pretty much all gone."
With demand for efficiency surging, carmakers are racing to improve their lineups. General Motors Corp., which currently doesn't have any cars that top 30 mpg combined, said last month that it would spend $500 million to produce a new compact car for 2011, the Cruze, that would reach 45 mpg on the highway. That's about 13 mpg below the rating for its most fuel-efficient Geo Metro 14 years ago.
I'm laughing..... However, I to take offense on one phrase in the article: "Tarman's love affair with a slow, undersized Civic shows the tremendous effect soaring gas prices ".... Undersized for what, exactly? For him commuting along to his work?!? WTF?!? A Honda Civic is often used as a family car here when the kids are still small. Get some perspective, mmmmkay?