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Did the US ban the Volkswagen XL1 for being too fuel efficient?

There are dozens of articles similar to this one floating around claiming the new Volkswagen XL1, which can get 300+ MPG (0.78 L/100 km) in ideal driving conditions, has been banned in the USA because ...
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Does Ferrari cheat at track tests?

The article How Ferrari spins by Chris "Monkey" Harris contains claims that Ferrari has dishonest practices with the press. How bad has it been? I honestly don't know where to start. Perhaps the ...
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Are Hummers more environmentally friendly than Prius?

I've heard this rumor a few times (example). The argument is that it takes energy to make the car, and when you take into account how long each car will last on the road, driving Prius's over a large ...
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Is a tow truck driver killed every six days on average in the US?

Along I-90 in Massachusetts (and I presume elsewhere in the state), there is a digital billboard which sometimes displays a message from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that a tow truck ...
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Is widespread adoption of the electric car unlikely due to lithium scarcity?

Although lithium is very abundant in sea water, only lithium mineral extraction seems to be economically viable. The world's total reserves in lithium minerals is estimated at 13.5 Mt (not sure ...
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Does locking your car doors reduce theft?

Almost everyone I know locks their car doors when they leave their vehicle for an extended time. However, I come from a country town and most people in that country town don't lock their car doors and ...
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Do speed bumps cause more deaths than they save?

After a few speeding incidents in a residential neighborhood, some residents will clamor for speed bumps. In case your municipality does not have one, here is a picture of a speed bump (also AE ...
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Do Chevrolet commercials feature “Real people. Not actors.”?

Many Chevrolet commercials I have seen in the past few years have started off with the disclaimer: "Real People. Not Actors". They have several of these commercials such as this one and that one. ...
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Do electric cars create more fine dust pollution than comparable petrol cars?

According to this Flanders Today (a local Belgian newspaper) article a new small car on petrol in the city creates less fine dust than an electric car of average size. The researcher, Bruno Van ...
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Does a windshield provide most of a car's integrity?

I've heard radio car commercials and other sources state that a vehicle's windshield provides most of a car's structural integrity. I believe that the company that owns the commercial is Mark's ...
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Do gas pods improve fuel efficiency?

I ran into this claim today about detachable car fins, and was wondering if there is any validity to it: about a five percent reduction in drag and corresponding five percent boost in fuel ...
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Can you unlock a car using a cell phone?

I have heard that it is possible to unlock a car using the remote key-fob over a cell phone network. Scenario: Adam locks his keys in his car. He uses his cell phone to call his wife, Betty, who is ...
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Are there benefits to filling car tyres with Nitrogen?

A friend was informed by his mechanic that his tyres were filled with Nitrogren rather than compressed air. He was skeptical of the claims he heard: There are major benefits with nitrogen inflation ...
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Are electric cars beneficial to the environment compared to low consumption modern cars?

Imagine an electric car in a country where most energy come from coal (which i believe is the dirtiest). Add this to the pollution that disposing the batteries will create, or the carbon footprint ...
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Does waxing your car have a long-term beneficial effect on the paint-work?

Everyone, especially people who love washing and waxing their cars, has been telling me about the long-term benefits of regular waxing. They tell me that the layer of wax acts as a protective shell ...
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Does one SUV tank of ethanol “take as much grain as could feed a person for a whole year?”

From The Great Transition, (c)2014, by Lester R. Brown (preface, page xiii): [F]illing the tank of a large SUV one time with ethanol takes as much grain as could feed a person for a whole year. ...
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Does 'Rubber Necking' happen after an accident?

When two cars get into an accident the cars around them need to slow down to avoid hitting the cars involved in the collision. This causes a backup in traffic. People have often told me that traffic ...
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Does 80-90% of the environmental and health damage a car causes come from manufacturing?

Claim from the video The First 3D-Printed Supercar: How we make them [cars] is much more important than how we fuel them and whether they have a tailpipe or not. 80 to 90 percent or more of the ...
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Does lowering speed limits by 10 km/h have any impact on air pollution?

Europe has been under exceptional sunlight for the past ten days, cf. Eumetsat's picture. According to French media, this prevents smog from escaping major hubs. In an attempt to reduce this air ...
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Are car headlights getting brighter?

This news story in Popular Science asks whether car headlights are getting brighter and concludes they are not: So are headlights actually getting brighter? The short answer is no—although there was ...
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Does the gasoline of different gasoline brands have any real acknowledgable difference?

A friend of mine said that he could apparently get better mileage using Chevron oil instead of Shell's (and other brands). Is there any substance to this claim?
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Is a car's fuel consumption increased when the headlights are on?

I have read in many sites that a car with lights on will consume more fuel that with lights off. The (hand-waving) justifications that I see tend to mention that "energy has to come from somewhere" ...
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Is it possible to detect a laptop inside of a car boot?

Recently someone at a party told me thieves could detect a laptop in the car boot, even when turned off. At first I thought this was ridiculous, but I found some google queries provided a theory, the ...
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Platinum fuel saver

I've heard on the radio advertisements for a product called the Platinum Fuel Saver, that they claim that if you use it, you will increase fuel efficiency by 25%. What kind of data is there to support ...
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Do black cars consume more fuel?

Some time in 2009, California passed new regulations, banning black cars (here's one source) on the grounds that black cars have higher emissions than other colors of cars. The theory is that black ...
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Did Henry Ford ever say “any color he wants as long as it’s black”?

It's a common quote to attribute to him. Did he ever actually say/write it? A customer can have a car painted any color he wants as long as it’s black.
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Can you puncture a tire with a Swiss Army knife?

On films and TV you always see characters puncture a regular car tire with something like a folding knife or a swiss army knife. How hard would it be in real life to do this?
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Can you improve a car's engine by driving the car fast?

Many car enthusiasts claim the following: take 2 identical cars (equal horse power, torque etc). give one car to an old person who only drives it slowly give the other car to the car enthusiast ...
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Did unrestricted speed limits lead to fewer deaths in the Northern Territory of Australia?

Drive reports that a section of highway in the Northern Territory has has been switched back and forth between no speed limit, and 130 km/h speed limits over the past decade or so, with some dispute ...
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Is the apparent drop in insect deaths on windshields due to a decline in insect populations?

The "windshield phenomenon" is a term given to the anecdotal observation that people tend to find fewer insects smashed on the windscreens of their cars now compared to a decade or several ...
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Has Pokémon Go caused hundreds of deaths?

This article in The Register claims that Pokémon Go may have a bad side effect on road safety. The headline is: Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes And the article summarises ...
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Does lowering the legal BAC make driving safer?

Lower legal blood alcohol concentration limit laws are passed under the assumption that a lower legal limit will reduce the number of accidents. For example, the U.S government lowered the legal BAC ...
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Do Jet Skis produce in an hour equivalent pollution to 100,000km of a new/small car?

I recall this claim being published in a newspaper a while back but time has buried it in the Interwebs, though it does come up from time to time as e.g. Driving a jet ski for one hour will produce ...
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Are there lots worldwide filled with thousands of unsold new cars left to ruin?

This link came in an email that was getting passed around the office today: http://www.vincelewis.net/unsoldcars.html The premise is that car manufacturers, not wanting to dilute their inventory to ...
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Is there a high ecological impact from buying a new car?

First, a disclaimer: this is my first question here, so please point out any deficiency so I can amend it. Here in Italy, the Government has a recurring policy (it is happening every 2/3 years now) ...
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Did the Renault Espace sell only 9 cars when it was launched?

According to Richard Hammond of Top Gear, Renault's entry into the people carrier market sold just nine cars in its first month (1:18 - 1:27). However, I cannot find a single source to back up ...
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Are American standards on automotive turn signals demonstrably less safe than European ones?

In most countries outside North America, vehicles have separate turn signals which are amber rather than red. In the USA (and probably Canada) this is not part of the standards and a flashing brake ...
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Is driving stoned safer than driving drunk?

Some support that driving while under the influence of marijuana is safer than driving when drunk, saying that people who drive high always drive at slower speeds so even if they cause an accident, it'...
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Do the majority of people go 80 mph on the motorway?

I live in the UK, and my dad has told me "It is not possible to drive at 70 mph on the motorway. Everyone goes at 80 mph and [the police] don't care." When he says nobody he means the majority of ...
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Did Winston Churchill praise Rolls-Royce engines?

In 1919, the world's first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight happened, and Rolls-Royce engines provided the power to make it happen. Marking the 100th anniversary of the 20th-century milestone, Rolls-...
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Is reducing carbon emission from cars futile?

One of the claims in "SuperFreakonomics" is, that reducing CO2 emissions produced by cars have very little practical impact on global warming. Their arguments are: human activity is responsible for ...
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Is keyless theft/relay theft a practical threat for vehicles with fob/keyless entry?

Some sites, such as AutoExpress, are warning about a method of breaking into vehicles with keyless entry by capturing and relaying the fob's signal. To quote AutoExpress: The process criminals use ...
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Are Auto Manufacturers required under US Federal Law to provide parts for a set period of time?

Via snopes.com Message Board and here, and a similar question on mechanics.stackexchange.com: Auto manufacturers are required by US Federal Law to have parts available for any models they sold for ...
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Is it better to cross rough railroad tracks very slowly or at normal/higher speeds?

When encountering the average bumpy railroad crosssing such as the one pictured above, does slowing down almost to the point of stopping (as you would for a speed bump) produce less stress on the ...
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Can Doom run on a car's infotainment system?

In this youtube video a hacker claims it is easily possible to mod the infotainment system in his Porsche to run the game Doom using the controls of his car to control the game. This Gizmodo/Sploid ...
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Does an e-bike produces only 1/10 carbon emissions for each mile of an conventional electric car?

According to Lin, Bo (Deputy General Director at Furi E-Bike1): he says the following in an interview in the program Horizons from WOBI: Bicycles to lead acid battery generates some pollution. The ...
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Are pets as bad for environment as cars?

In this article referring to a book the authors claim: Taking the dog for a walk to the store would seem like a more environmentally-friendly option than piling into the SUV. Not so, say two ...
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Do trains/boats/planes involved in accidents have a lower occupancy?

This Article from the daily mail makes some interesting (and rather ludicrous) claims, but one stuck out to me specifically. The article argues that higher cancellation rates/lower occupancy on ...
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Does a prototype car that runs on water exist?

In a conversation with a friend recently, she was telling me about a new car that "some Japanese company" had developed, apparently a working prototype that's about to be put into production. It has ...
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Do cars drop 7% in value every month?

In their email communication car-buying organization wijkopenautos.nl (wkda.de) claims cars drop 7% in value each month. Their exact claim is: Let op: een auto verliest iedere maand ongeveer 7% aan ...