By now you know that we have an inherent affection for V8's, and The Colonel has never owned vehicles that made a statement towards fuel economy.
Here is the deal.
We constantly hear one comment or another towards fuel economy, and for the past few months the price of gas, and anything and everything that can be mentioned in between.
If you live in a major urban area you certainly endure traffic, congestion, and taking double the time to travel any distance. It struck us that with all the talk of fuel economy, the transportation infrastructure is totally against fuel economy.
Back to the V8, the other day we travelled 32 kilometers at an average speed of 28 KPH, generating a fuel economy of 18L per 100 kilometers. There were hundreds if not thousands of other vehicles in the same situation...
The car used almost 6 liters of gas over $7.00 to crawl in highway congestion....with cheaper gas saved about $2.00 while using the same amount of time. Time is the most precious commodity.
Manufacturers have to meet fuel economy standards, which by they way have altered in favor of larger vehicles. Perhaps CMS (Citizen Main Street) uses fuel economy as a purchase or lease decision. Mind you with the rash of SUV/CUV and pick ups it leads one to question the importance of fuel economy in the decision process.
While the vehicle transportation infrastructure of any urban center is totally counter productive towards fuel economy. There is no longer a specific rush hour, now its 24/7 of heavy or congested.
If you factor in the thousands of folks that use one form or another of public transportation and park their vehicles in the various commuter parking lots. Imagine all those folks on the road with their vehicle, making a contribution towards increased congestion and even poorer fuel economy.
The fuel economy of any vehicle is dramatically impacted by the transportation infrastructure.