75% weight reduction seems perfectly plausible to me. Start of the 80's, most cars weighed around 800-1000kg. Now every school run mum is dragging 1500-2000kg of 4x4 around.
I'm quite sure that with modern materials and engineering a lightweight car is not unrealistic, provided we dont insist on driving around on a leather lounge suite with electric everything double glazing aircon climate control gps guided beerfridge and heated mirrors. FFS.
Even a basic family car is 1400kg these days, that is largely due to the safety provisions that are enforced by regulations (like minimum chassis intrusion distances etc) rather than the additional gizmos. Sure you can make a very light car if you use massively expensive materials and processes and rip out most of the safety systems. Most of the electronics weigh next to nothing, the things that add weight are air con, ABS, airbags, SIPS and some luxuries like electric seats. GPS, phones, laser guided indicators add grams.
yeah, i reckon 150mpg is possible. Just check out ecomodder.com - thats just a load of nerds with no money. This guys getting 100mpg from an old civic (although it does look a bit wierd)
Yeah, 100 on a run at constant speed - that's not hard. No-one drives like that and nor would it be possible. Plus look at the size and shape of the vehicle. 100mpg on a normal commute is motorbike territory. They weigh a couple of hundred kg.
New materials (carbon/kevlar) are VASTLY expensive and planet raping. Old materials are not that light. New ways of using old materials are good but dont save that much. IC engines have been in development for christ knows how long, a 5% increase in economy in the current climate would net a manufacturer a MASSIVE percentage of the market - do you think they sit back and think "nahh, we're fine as we are"? Do you think the engineers working on it are sitting around trying not to improve? Of course not, they're working within the increasingly tighter regulations on emissions/economy and safety. They produce some vehicles with additional luxuries sure, but they always will. On average cars are much more efficient AND safer these days but there's no quick fix.
I personally don't enjoy commuting for the sake of it (I love driving, and don't even mind traffic queues) but I would love to be able to walk down the road to work, but likewise I hate living in a city, or the outskirts of a city, it really leaves me depressed and tired. I'll take the commute over permanent hatred of the place I live. Plus there's no way I could afford to live (with sufficient room for my family) near my work.