As part of our country's push to become more environmentally aware and less fuel dependent President Obama recently announced new fuel emissions standards for vehicles. However, critics and advocates alike are questioning the overall impact this will have on our country's fuel consumption and environmental impact.
As a counter to the hybrid vehicle push, VW is promoting their clean diesels as a way for vehicle owners to get the best of both worlds: additional fuel efficiency without losing the fun-to-drive factor.
In general a lot will depend upon consumers. With gas prices once again creeping up there are incentives to "go green", but is the higher price tag associated with hybric vehicles worth it? Sites such as Edmunds.com have fuel consumption calcuators to help consumers figure out if they will actually be saving gas, and therefore money, by purchasing a more fuel efficient vehicle. Many of these same sites help consumers calculate the "real cost" of owning a car, i.e. how will the costs of oil changes or repairs change.