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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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When it was redesigned last year, the Ford Fusion line struck an immediate chord with midsize sedan buyers thanks to its dashing good looks, quiet cabin, engaging road manners, excellent fuel economy and a long list of available techno gizmos that shames some luxury sedans. Ford pushed the powertrain envelope by offering five engines, including […]

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As part of its commitment to sell a broader selection of fuel-saving hybrid and electric-powered vehicles, Ford launched the 2013 no-plug C-Max Hybrid and plug-in C-Max Energi hybrid. The C-Max is an American version of the European five-passenger C-Max that shares its underlying global C platform and many key components with the 2012 Ford Focus. […]

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Toyota’s 2013 RAV4 EV is the automaker’s second go round of converting its small gasoline powered sport utility to an electric vehicle. From 1997 to 2003, 1,484 RAV4 EVs were leased or sold. Of those, Toyota says approximately 449 are still on the road. This time, rather than develop the electric RAV4 on its own, […]

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Even though the luxury hybrid was somewhat of a novelty when Lexus introduced the RX400h in 2005 as a 2006 model, it quickly followed its gasoline counterpart and became a top-selling model. At the time it was the closest thing to a guilt-free sport-utility vehicle we’d ever seen: luxurious with an impressive assemblage of features […]

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When Lexus introduced the GS 450h hybrid sport sedan in 2007, it confused a lot of folks. The automaker proudly brandished its performance credentials such as acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, making it both the quickest Lexus and the quickest hybrid vehicle at the time. As for fuel economy, the raison […]

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