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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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American new car buyers are buying more fuel efficient vehicles on average, but declining gasoline prices may be drawing purchasers back to larger vehicles and trucks once again. According to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) who regularly track average fuel economy of new vehicle purchases in the U.S., gas mileage […]

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A study just released comparing actual window stickers to federal mpg regulations has found automakers are exceeding Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) goals. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, for model years 2012, 2013, and 2014, the trend has been a mild improvement over mandated results. The study’s authors Brandon Schoettle and […]

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We frequently hear of the “all of the above” approach made possible with an alphabet soup of technologies to improve mpg and emissions and over the last half decade new tech has risen markedly. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Trends report just released, powertrain technologies that once were rare are becoming increasingly common. […]

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From the Paris motor show this week, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confided he is unsure global emissions regulations will not stifle its ability to sell its electrified products. “We have to comply,” he said to Automotive News in an interview during press days before the show was open to the public. “And we have to […]

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So you want to save on fuel costs but are interested in options other than hybrids? To help you along, we’ve compiled a list of various types of 2014 model year cars sorted by their combined EPA-rated fuel economy. Most are small, some are two seaters, but a few mid-sized cars are in the list […]

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Last week Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne conceded the need for hybrid electrification in order to meet projected federal fuel efficiency mandates. The company ranked last among large automakers in the U.S. for fuel efficiency in 2013, has largely resisted hybridization, but Marchionne said Chrysler is on track anyway even as it would need to […]

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