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I hate to be the one to debunk this story, but when I saw that it was put out by "Natural News" I immediately became suspicious. One quick look at Snopes tells the story...Probably False.
Snopes: Volkswagon Passat
1. The "mpg" rating in the United Kingdom refers to imperial gallons, which are 20 percent larger. The imperial gallon 4.546 liters while the United States gallon is 3.785 liters.
2. One cannot compare the mileage efficiency ratings in the UK versus the USA because the EPA's standards are more stringent.
3. The particular UK Passat is diesel powered and not gasoline powered.
4. VW used to sell in the USA the same (or similar?) Passat as is sold in Europe, but it just didn't sell very well. It expensive and small to compete in the mid-size sedan segment. A larger version with a bigger engine and poorer mileage did better. Americans are less concerned with mileage than Europeans.
5. The US government doesn't stipulate to an automobile company what vehicles they can and cannot sell in the USA. They set the standards for things like safety and emissions and the manufacturers are required to comply.
My advice...if Natural News (Mike Adams) is talking about healthy eating than they have something worthy to report. But when they grab stuff from the John Birch Society, Glenn Beck or other dubious sources, be very wary.
In any case the story is dated June 15, 2012. President Obama set new fuel efficiency standards in August 2012.
USA Today, August 28, 2012: Government sets strict fuel-economy goal of 54.5 by 2025
"Strict new federal fuel-economy and carbon-emission standards made final Tuesday are the biggest technological challenge to the auto industry since the government began regulating emissions in 1970 and mileage in 1975. The rule sets the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon as the average the auto industry must achieve by 2025, up from 29.7 mpg now and 35.5 mpg in 2016.
The tough "CAFE" standard (for corporate average fuel economy), which was to be announced earlier this month, was announced Tuesday by the Obama administration on the day that Republicans' national convention got underway in Tampa.
It is "a monumental day for the American people," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in announcing the final rules.
Read more about it in the USA Today link.