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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Dodge Ram Goes Green...er...That is, Green-er

Luxury Automakers Still Eschew Fuel Economy Gains

BWC Announces 2010 List of Worst Gas Guzzlers

Maybe we've finally made our mark on the auto industry and convinced automakers to consider fuel efficiency in the engineering of their new vehicles. Or, maybe automakers are just finally listening to consumers and delivering a wider range of vehicles with better gas mileage. Either way, the Dodge Ram, a longtime staple of our gas guzzlers list (sniff, sniff, we'll miss you Dodge Ram!), has gotten just a bit greener and moved out of surcharge territory. At 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway, the 2010 Ram is now just about as fuel efficient as most other heavy duty pickups.

But don't worry, the other mainstays of our list came through for another year. We're honestly surprised that we're still able to fill our list with vehicles that all get less than 10 miles to the gallon in the city. Apparently luxury automakers haven't caught on to the trend. Or, after all of Toyota's trouble with its safety recalls, maybe they just think it's enough that their cars can stop.

This year's list includes the Lamborghini Murcielago (8 mpg city and 13 highway); the Bentley Azure (9/15); the Bentley Brooklans (9/15); and the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti (9/16). New members who own any of the vehicles on BWC's gas guzzlers list are assessed a 20% surcharge on their enrollments. Any money we collect through the surcharge is given as part of BWC's annual donation. Since drivers of any of the vehicles on this year's list could probably afford to buy a flatbed tow truck load of new memberships, we're sure they'll join anyway.

Sadly, none of the vehicles from GM's Hummer brand made the list for what will probably be the brand's final year. A bittersweet end for the gas guzzling SUV that we all loved to hate.

Check our complete list of gas guzzlers from the last five model years at our join page. (And while you're there, you might as well just type in your credit card number and join if you aren't already a member.)

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