It’s the VW Wind Up!… Giggle, Giggle
Car companies give us new eco models every other week to ensure we’re buying. But have you really stopped to think about what’s going on here? I’ve seen 1.2-liter engined cars consume three times as much fuel as was claimed and I’ve seen 2-liter cars be more frugal than expected.
And what about those 10% improvements in economy with every generation. A difference of 2 l/100km might sound like a lot, but if you plan to keep your car for 100,000km, that difference only means 2,000 liters. This explains why small cars aren’t often sold with diesels: because you’re just not saving money since buying a diesel usually means paying about €2,000 extra anyway, and the fuel is more expensive, and the reliability of a turbo engine is a problem.
That’s what cracks me up about this rendering by Theophilus Chin, the Volkswagen Wind Up!. We’re so wound up about fuel economy that we forgot to buy the cars we actually want. I don’t want a Mitsubishi Mirage or a smart, not even if it saves me money. Do you?
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But only beacuse it looks fun ;)