How Vehicle Fuel Economy Differs by Country
Vehicle fuel economy is a concern around the world because of the greenhouse effect and rising fuel costs, but some countries are responding to this concern differently than others. While states like California are starting to put stringent guidelines on fuel economy here in the United States, there are other countries that are far more focused on international fuel economy standards. Here is a look at how this problem impacts other countries.
Japan is one of the leaders in producing fuel economic cars, many of which are used in the United States. Japan is densely populated and is starting to see the effects of poor fuel efficiency in the air and price of fuel. They have made efforts to improve the efficiency for the nation and they are expected to lead the world in the lowest greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2015.
Canada does not have the same population concerns as other countries, but they are still making efforts to encourage people to buy more efficient vehicles. They offer the only "feebate" program in the world that has huge rebate opportunities for people based on the emissions their cars produce. The lower the emissions, the more money a person can make.
German engineering is known worldwide for efficiency, speed, comfort and much more. Germany may not have speed limits on some of its roads, but that does not stop the auto manufacturers from producing efficient and powerful cars for the market. There are some models of the Porsche in particular that are actually said to have cleaner air coming out of the tailpipes than the air in Nebraska. Combine that purity with the 30 to 40 mpg that most of those vehicles have and you have the makings of a more efficient world.