E.P.A.: Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Is a Compact Car

Originally, I was going to write a quick post on how the Environmental Protection Agency has named the Bugatti Veyron the biggest gas guzzler on the market. The agency recently released its 2011 fuel economy list, and smack dab at the top of the list of least fuel-efficient cars is the Car Hire Switzerland super exclusive, super fast supercar. But that’s not really a surprise for a 1,000-something horsepower car. What was surprising was how the E.P.A. classifies cars. For example — and don’t tell Jadakiss — a Bentley Continental GTC is considered by the E.P.A. a subcompact car.

In the words of Alec Baldwin’s character from “Glengarry Glen Ross,” have I got your attention now?
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Is $17,000 Too Much to Pay for Chevy’s New Cruze Compact Car?

On Thursday, General Motors announced that the base Cruze will start at $16,995 when it goes on sale in September.

That puts the Cruze a few hundred dollars higher than its Japanese competitors in the compact car class: the Honda Civic, which starts at $16,405, Toyota Corolla ($16,200) and Mazda 3 ($16,095). All prices include destination charges.
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