Earth-friendly doesn't have to mean foreign (guest post) - Our Daily Green

Friday, October 5, 2012

Earth-friendly doesn't have to mean foreign (guest post)

High gas prices and the threat of global warming have led many buyers to sincerely care about the gas mileage in the cars they buy. This generally leads them to Japanese or German cars, which have historically had the best gas mileage. However, American car manufacturers have stepped up to the plate since their reconstruction, and offers many excellent and fuel-efficient cars that cost less and run better than their foreign competitors.

A case in point is the new Dodge Dart. In addition to being made in America using a minimal waste facility, it is much smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient than anything else Dodge makes. Like the original Dart, it is affordable and light, intending to compete with foreign cars in terms of fuel efficiency and longevity. Unlike the original Dart, it has very low emissions, especially in terms of ground-level ozone and other industrial pollutants. With an excellent emissions reduction package and advanced catalytic conversion system built in at engineering, it is the small, affordable and earth friendly alternative intended to power Dodge through energy-uncertain times.

Dodge DartDodge has even put this technology to use in its sedans, such as the Dodge Avenger. Taking a cue from the Dart, it is much lighter than previous models, with aluminum replacing steel in much of the bodywork. Additionally, the engine has been tuned and refined so that gas is burned more cleanly and fully, reducing the waste going out the tailpipe. This ultimately makes the vehicle both fuel efficient and practical, and the low weight helps with handling and top speed in addition to being good for the environment.

Chrysler has also gotten in on the action. Partnering with Nissan in 2010, they began to borrow technology and learning from the company to increase fuel efficiency and decrease weight. The end result is the 200 series of Chrysler cars, which are small, light and efficient sedans that compete with Japanese cars in terms of fuel mileage while having American style size, luxury and comfort. The 200 series was designed with an eye towards rising fuel prices, and as such it has many innovative design changes intended to lower the weight and make the engine run more efficiently. The end result is a vehicle that is economical to drive and good for the environment in addition to being a very comfortable and high quality sedan.

Jeep too has gotten in on environmentalism - a far departure from its trail-destroying, gas flaming roots in the off-roading realm. Bowing to high gas prices and criticism from environmentalists, modern Jeeps are smaller, lighter and better at burning fuel than their predecessors. Efforts have been made to replace steel with aluminum where possible, and compact SUVs like the Compass offer greater than 20 miles per gallon even in congested cities. Mostly this is done by having four-wheel drive turn off when not needed and by having the engine burn the fuel completely, releasing less waste products and getting more out of each drop.

The end result of all this hard work by Chrysler/Dodge is that you as a consumer are able to choose the car you want without having to worry about its environmental impacts. Even if you want a large Jeep, Dodge or Chrysler, dealers like Lou Fusz can help you find one with good fuel mileage that was built in an environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion. Lou Fusz has sold these vehicles for many years and knows them inside and out, as well as how to get the most fuel out of each and every one. Therefore you should not have to compromise with a small, slow or unsafe car just to do right by the environment - Lou Fusz can help you find something better!

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