I thought it was a declared goal of Ford to achieve a 50 miles per gallon fleet fuel efficiency average by 2010. Turns out it is a request from the Jumpstart Ford Coalition.
Well soon you may be able to get 70 MPG using the Smart Car co-developed by Mercedes and Nicolas Hayek the driving force behind the Swatch success in the 80s. They run very successful already on European roads.
It's a two seater, so small, that you can park three of them sideways next to each other in a regular city parking spot. Just for the fearful beneath us, it is using a particular space frame technology, that makes it safer than a Ford Escort.
A deal has been signed for ZAP to bring it to the American market. The diesel version is clocking in at 70 mpg and in San Francisco or New York or for that manner all cities with parking shortage it would be heaven sent. I would drive it.
For a long while I wanted to point out to this development and an article in the latest Wired magazine (online release 7th of October) has triggered it finally.