05 Aug '11, 9pm

5 super-interesting car facts we just found

5 super-interesting car facts we just found

I just got the Ward’s Motor Vehicle Facts and Figures 2011 , and it’s as full of useful information as Ripley’s Believe it Or Not . I trust Ward’s , so all this stuff is guaranteed gospel. Overall it adds up to quite an endorsement for the greening of the automobile industry. If you doubt me, read on: 1. Drive, he said: In 2008, the latest available year, Americans drove 2.6 trillion miles, which was up from a mere one trillion in 1970. There were only 200 million Americans in 1970, and today there are 311 million , but it still represents a pretty big increase in driving—more than double the total miles (without even including big trucks, buses or motorcycles). Per capita, we went from 9,989 average annual miles to 11,788. 2. Sipping fuel: In that same time period, the amount of fuel used increased, though not as much as you’d expect—cars are now incredibly more fuel effi...

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