Off topic, but here’s something that has me scratching my head.
While I was in Spain I rented a Ford Mondeo with a diesel engine in it, and it seemed to be using almost no fuel even under *ahem* spirited driving conditions. I looked up the Mondeo diesel on the Ford UK website and see that it is rated at 46.3 mpg(uk), which is 38.6mpg(US). The gas-powered US Taurus tops out at around 24mpg (average of city and highway) as there is no diesel option available.
Wassup with that? I thought their new chairman was all eco-friendly and whatnot, but ironically if you want a fuel efficient family-sized Ford in the US you have to buy an Escape Hybrid, giving around 34mpg. Imagine that — to be fuel-efficient, you have to buy an SUV!
Funny old world.