Hybrid parking spot, by Flickr user rscottjonesEnlarge Photo
Maybe you're already overloaded with end-of-year lists. But indulge us; this is the weirdest collection of most-popular articles we could ever have imagined.
We've got urine. We've got Muslims and ethanol. We've got hybrid Ferraris. We've even got our ever-popular rant on why Miles-Per-Gallon is a really, really stupid way to measure fuel efficiency.
With no more ado, we present to you our list of the 10 most popular articles during the year 2009 on GreenCarReports.com. And a Happy New Year to you!
2011 Chevrolet Volt - testing on Pike's Peak, October 2009Enlarge Photo
# 10: 2011 Chevy Volt Investment: How Does This Differ From the EV1? We're surprised our thought piece on the long-term industrial impact of electric-drive vehicles became December's most popular article. Bottom Line: GM has invested more than $700 million to produce the 2011 Chevrolet Volt; it led us to compare the Volt's impact to that of the EV1. But EV advocate Chelsea Sexton remains "wary, and in some respects deeply cynical."
# 9: Ferrari To Go Hybrid, World Trembles On Its Axis. Occasionally one of our entries catches fire on Digg, and that's what happened here. It's the ninth most popular piece we've run this year. Bottom Line: Italian sports-car makers are looking at using hybrids to improve their efficiency, including Ferrari, which plans to launch a hybrid system in at least one model by 2015.
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDIEnlarge Photo
# 8: Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Much More Mileage Than EPA Admits? We love our hordes of Volkswagen diesel fans out there on the Interwebs. Bottom Line: The US Environmental Protection Agency's emissions and gas-mileage testing procedures seem to put VW's diesels at a disadvantage, with real-world economy often far higher than the EPA ratings.
# 7: Miles Per Gallon Is Just Stupid. No, Really, It Is. Serves us right for the inflammatory headline, we suppose, but while this was a breakout hit for March, we were staggered by the vitriol and physical threats in the comments, both on the post itself and on Digg. Bottom Line: Miles Per Gallon is not a linear measure (like gallons/mile would be), and lots of Americans don't understand that going from 10 to 20 mpg saves waaaaaaay more gas than going from 40 to 50 mpg. Read it, you'll see.
2010 Volkswagen Golf TDIEnlarge Photo
# 6: The New 2010 Rabbit TDI Diesel...Or, Is It a Golf Again? This one was an early scoop of sorts for us, and it seems to have become a perennial favorite. We luv our VW diesel fanboys (see # 8 above). Bottom Line: Despite the firm denial from Volkswagen representative Steve Keyes that we added to the piece at the time, we were right: The 2010 Volkswagen Golf won't be a Rabbit after all. Ha!
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