In Europe and Asia, they mainly sell lower power, smaller cars.
The Toyota Yaris is sold in Belgium and the Netherlands with an MPG rating (after conversion) of ~47MPG avg.
In Japan, cars are even more efficient than this.
They're equipped with a 65-90HP, 1-1.4L instead of the 1.5L 106HP from USA. Also their body work is lighter, and the car is smaller.
They even sell a Yaris Hybrid there!
Yaris isn't the only one, there are plenty more cars in Europe using way less fuel than the yaris; and that's not even including the DIESEL cars, which use on average 1,2 to 1,5x less fuel.
But if you ask me, they're not enjoyable, largely underpowered cars; and way less safe!
And I had this much fuel left.
I regularly get 62-65 imp mpg or 51.62-54.11 U.S mpg in a MK II Prius which is far better than any diesel I've ever driven including my Sisters smaller Peugeot 1.6 90 hp HDI Diesel, and that's per tank not trip! My commute mainly allows for 50-65 mph on the motorway. Trip of around 130 kms per day.
Last week I got 543 miles on 10.83 us gallons, or 41 litres. My Audi A4 Diesel auto, usually needed 60 litres to do 600 miles, and the Prius has more room!
Based on my calculations and the fuel I had left before I refuel I could travel 1100 kms or 683.5 miles on a full tank of 45 litres or 11.88 us gallons!
Diesel isn't the great savour it used to be and petrols have narrowed the gap. Diesels cost more so the pay back can be well over 80,000 miles of driving!
The Prius cost me 8500 Euro's with 55,000 miles. The best small Diesel I could get would have cost about 10,500 with about 75-80000 miles, do the maths and the Prius was by far the best value, and it has no cam belts too which hard to find on a diesel!
The only available cars had manual gear boxes, and Auto's mainly found on V.W's, Audi's costing far more again, the Prius is automatic and getting 65 u.k mpg in a petrol automatic is fantastic and beats most diesels, especially automatic diesels.
It took me a while to learn the tricks and priuschat.com helped me find them. But there is no way in hell I'm going back to diesel again. Too much of a compromise, noise and vibration, while so much better today, still very noticeable in all but the premium German brands such as A6, 7 series etc!
You may get 72 mpg u.k in a 3 cylinder VW Polo Bluemotion, but it's a lot smaller than the Prius and a 3 cylinder rattlebox diesel ? no frocking way!
Sure Europeans drive smaller cars than in the U.S but we don't care, For Europeans driving big thirsty cars would be like Americans driving small fuel efficient cars, we wouldn't do it even if fuel were cheap, + we got much older narrower streets in towns and cities! Europe wasn't build with the auto mobile in mind!
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