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gas guzzler

A vehicle that consumes more than the average amount of gasoline during normal usage. Every time the price of oil rises, people trade in their gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient cars.
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gas-guzzler

n. a large automobile that uses much gasoline. The old gas-guzzlers were certainly comfortable.

guzzler

n. a heavy drinker. A couple of guzzlers at the bar were carrying on a low conversation when Marlowe came in.

gas guzzler

A vehicle that uses fuel inefficiently. The term was popularized in 1978, when Congress instituted “gas guzzler provisions” in the Energy Tax Act enacted during that year. Accordingly, the purchase of such vehicles was taxed in order to discourage their use and decrease fuel consumption. In succeeding decades, the term was applied to any large car, such as an SUV, regardless of whether it was subject to the tax. For example, “With the price of gas going up and up, I’m going to trade in my gas guzzler for a hybrid.”
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"You really need a pipeline into the RBI's printing press if you want to be in the wireless business because it is a guzzler of currency, every minute, every hour and every single day," he added.
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A study by the nonprofit Friends of the Earth found that, since 1999, major automakers have avoided paying billions of dollars In Gas Guzzler Taxes by calling passenger vehicles "light trucks." Because they're cheaper to manufacture, the profit margin on these vehicles can be up to 10 times greater than that of more fuel-efficient cars.
"Our claims data fell in line with other reports and market sources and did show that fuel-efficient vehicles tend to rise more quickly and reliably in value during periods of high prices than gas guzzlers, which fall in value," he added.
These are the American Automobile Labelling Act, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) payment and the so-called Gas Guzzler Tax.
They are drinking Champagne, with all the helicopters and private planes, Rolls Royces and every petrol guzzler you can name, and we are worrying about if we can afford to turn on the light.
He also defended the Freelander 2 against the "gas guzzler" charge, saying: "The Freelander does 38 miles per gallon - it's not a gas guzzler."
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The New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) recently announced its support for governor John Corzine's proposed "gas guzzler" fee, which was announced last week.
Gas guzzler tax: Limousines rated at more than 6,000 pounds unloaded gross vehicle weight are now exempt from the gas guzzler tax, as they are excluded from the definition of an automobile.
The Answers to Your Questions link on the homepage leads to information on how greenhouse gas emissions are determined, whether to use premium or regular gasoline, how fuel economy estimates are obtained, the gas guzzler tax, and tax incentives for alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles.
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