Not everything progresses though, take for example:
The great grand-daddy of cars, the 1908 Model T, got 25 MPG. That's on par with almost all new Subarus.
The Type 1 VW Beetle could manage up to 39 MPG, the same as a new Lexus Hybrid.
The EV1 Produced by GM in the 90's had a range of 80-100 miles - better than that of newer electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi MiEV, Smart Fortwo, Scion iQ EV, Honda Fit, ect. It looked better too.
All I want is a car that doesn't burn dead dinosaurs, but acts like it does. Is that so much to ask? - Granted there are companies like Tesla and Fiskar that are working to make it happen. Just think, 20 years from now we'll look back and say, "My BMW M3E can out accelerate the Tesla and cost me a ton less."