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Full Disclosure: Since I was a young teenager I have owned Ford pickups. It started with a 1939 model, then a 1952 F-100 with a Hemi V8, followed by several others. Yes I do like Ford trucks, but I’ve also owned an International and a couple of Chevys. You’ve probably seen the ads: Big pickup […]

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Adding a turbocharger to a small displacement four-cylinder engine is becoming a common pairing for car companies wanting to boost both power and fuel mileage. Uncommon on the other hand would be combining that with gasoline-electric hybrid technology, but that’s what Volkswagen did with the Jetta Hybrid. While you won’t see turbo in the name, […]

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Lexus’ first compact crossover sport utility vehicle, the 2015 NX, is proof that the luxury automaker has finally severed the bonds of styling that has been as inoffensive as a chocolate chip cookie. The NX presents a visual intensity with its most ardent expression yet of the “spindle grill” and the family design direction that […]

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Completely face lifted and overhauled for the 2013 model year, Ford smacked a home run with its Fusion five-passenger sedan. Its European-influenced styling, quiet cabin, crisp handling, excellent fuel economy and a list of techno gizmos that shames some luxury sedans makes the Fusion one of the top sellers in an extremely competitive segment. For […]

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Come on, you have to admit that those hip-hop dancing hamsters in their baggy clothes that pitched the Kia Soul soon after it went on sale in 2010 were cute. For the introduction of an all-new 2014 Soul, the little guys slimmed down and buffed up at the gym for the commercial’s sound track. Hey, […]

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Honda built a legacy of innovation by taking the high road when engineering automobiles that became known as the “Honda Way.” This determined focus resulted in the Civic CVCC engine, the first engine to comply with the 1975 Clean Air Act without a catalytic converter in 1974. Several other “firsts” followed: The world’s first mass-produced […]

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There is some ambiguity out there regarding “stop-start” systems as found in all full hybrids, mild hybrids, and now even trickling into some non-hybrid combustion-engine vehicles being offered with basic, less-expensive examples of this fuel- and emissions-saving technology. It’s this latter application – stop-start systems used on less than mild and full hybrids – that […]

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Chevrolet launched an all-new Malibu for the 2013 model year, but it was less successful at winning sales than Chevy had hoped. In an attempt to increase its appeal, a revised 2014 Malibu is arriving at dealer showrooms now with a new look outside and in, including a freshened front-end and inside, a redesigned center […]

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In response to Europe’s 2007 legislated carbon emissions reduction rules, Mercedes-Benz and other European automakers began equipping their non-hybrid vehicles with stop-start systems, a relatively simple and low-cost technology that moderately improves tailpipe emissions and fuel economy. Even though the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t credit automakers for installing the CO2-reducing and fuel-saving system […]

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Bragging rights and one-upmanship have long been a part of pickup truck marketing: who has the most horsepower, the most stump-pulling torque, the biggest payload capacity and the most towing grunt. But a new pickup bragging rights category has emerged – fuel economy. It began in 2009 with General Motors’ two-mode hybrid system for the […]

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