High-mileage vehicles not allowed in US

VW Passat TDI, not available in the US

The video explains the difference in passenger car mileage between European countries and the US.  I had heard from friends that travel regularly in Europe that European cars typically get higher mileage than comparable US automobiles, but I had no idea how much or why.  I figured it probably had to do with government regulations and air quality demands.  It’s much worse than that.

Here is a screen capture form the Volkswagon UK site that gives information on the Passat TDI fuel consumption:

In case you have difficulty reading it, the 1.6L Diesel gets 65.7 miles per gallon, combined, and 78 mpg highway! Most of these models are made in US factories, but cannot be sold here. Additionally, there is a Ford Focus, also made here, that gets similar astounding mileage that is likewise prohibited from being sold in the US. This is maddening. What is it going to take to bring this bloated government behemoth to heel?

I drove a VW Jetta TDI for several years and got an honest 50 mpg, combined. The Passat is a larger, more luxurious version of the Jetta. The TDI (Diesel) Passat will likely be my next automobile. I wish it could be a European BlueMotion TDI.


  1. Bob Ellis says:

    Sounds so typical of the way our asinine government works. Nobody is supposed to come out ahead…except them, the dividers of the spoils. They must always ensure they have the maximum loot possible available with which to purchase favors and votes.

    • dr. theo says:

      You’re right Mr. Ellis. The bureaucracy can never make do with less. The people must serve the masters and they, the masters, determine how much they need. We’ve all seen the road crews with two working and four leaning on their shovels, but don’t ever suggest that they could do with less. Maybe we should privatize all services except the military and then we’d get some effciency in government.

    • dr. theo says:

      Ann Coulter has a column today that helps explain how the bureaucracy has scammed Americans into providing lucraive jobs that provide a very nice paycheck through retirement. It is scams such as this that finance government thievery.

      “The real class warfare in this country isn’t rich vs. poor, it’s government employees vs. we, the taxpayers, who pay their salaries.
      Working for the government is supposed to be a trade-off: You can’t be fired and don’t have to exert yourself, but you will receive smaller remuneration than in the private sector, where layoffs are common (especially in the Obama economy!). Instead, government jobs are safe, secure, pressure-free — and now, amazingly lucrative!”


  2. Sonny Farmer says:

    Wow, I don’t know what’s more unbelievable- that we export cars or that our government is screwing us again? Free market, my….!