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Hyundai announced a big push forward in green technologies yesterday, and it’s heavy on electrification and light on hydrogen. Speaking at a JD Power annual event on the eve of the L.A. Auto Show, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski announced plans to release 14 new green vehicle models in the U.S. by 2020 to […]

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In 2012, the federal government announced strict new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards of 54.5 miles per gallon set for 2022-2025, and a new report finds that will equate to big savings for consumers. The new analysis published by Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, shows that consumers who buy a 2025 […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is about to jack up fines for automakers that aren’t meeting fuel economy requirements. The fines imposed on automakers for not meeting the corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE) will more than double next month. NHTSA also told Automotive News that these larger fines will apply to 2015 […]

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A new Consumers Union survey shows that despite falling fuel prices, public support for increased fleet fuel economy is strong. The survey shows that 53 percent of Americans expect that fuel economy will be improved with their next vehicle purchase and that 84 percent believe carmakers should continue to work to improve fuel economy across […]

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Federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rules are working to improve passenger vehicle fuel economy and this is good for everybody. That about sums findings today by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) which said 15 of the 16 major auto companies selling in the U.S. met or exceeded their 2015 fuel economy performance, and […]

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While media have bandied a theoretical “54.5 mpg” national fuel economy target for 2025, actual mpg on window stickers by then may only indicate a fleet-wide average of 35-37 mpg – yet automakers are still reportedly pushing back. In light of cheap gasoline, weaker than hoped-for electrified vehicle sales, and with an upcoming “midterm review” […]

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Fuel economy for on-road vehicles is slowly on the rise, but for the five decades prior to the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo and federal regulations that followed, the average actually decreased. Perversely, efforts to improve vehicle mpg have come largely after threats forced automakers to change, and even then, the industry has focused more on […]

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The 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average, scheduled for 2025, is not a number already carved in stone. This clarification came from Chris Grundler, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s office of transportation and air quality, who spoke last week at the CARS Management Briefing Seminars. “There is a perception out here that the decision is […]

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An automaker trade group wants regulators to grant CAFE credits for autonomous technology. Collision warnings, automated braking and adaptive cruise control are more than just safety features, said Mitch Bainwol, president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. They are fuel-efficiency boosters. Bainwol’s industry lobbying group represents 12 auto manufacturers, including Ford Motor Co., […]

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Yes gas at the moment is cheap, conventional car sales are up, regular hybrid sales are down, but … in the U.S. last year, sales of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) including all-electric and plug-in hybrids rose by 23 percent. To date, Americans have purchased close to a third of one-million PEVs, globally around three-quarters of […]

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