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The American Car consumer in the United States has faced gas shortages, high prices and generally habit altering situations several times since the invention of the horseless carriage. One of the first and most notable situations was during the Great Depression when people could only buy so much gas due to the economy and the supply. Then in the ‘70s we saw another gas crisis, which spurred on the detuning of the high horsepower cars that were seen in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. The economy focus continue into the ‘80s with the introduction compact cars like the K-car platform from Chrysler and offerings from Companies like Toyota, Honda and Nissan that would return some pretty spectacular numbers in the mpg department.
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This decrease in fuel efficiency isn’t limited to just hybrids, Consumer Reports found that the Toyota Camry see about a 5-mpg drop when speed is increased to 65 mph and about a 10-mpg drop at 75 mpg. What does all this really mean? Just as it was almost 40 years ago, when you drive faster than you will reduce fuel efficiency. So does this mean we will see the return of the National Maximum Speed Law? Only time will tell, but there are already groups lobbying for people to drive green by driving 55 mph on all highways and interstates.
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[Source: ConsumerReports and U.S. News and World Reports]