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Consumer Reports is giving consumers fuel economy numbers for HD trucks, and is lobbying Congress to do the same. Light-duty trucks, the 150 and 1500 sizes known as half-tons, tear up the sales charts every year, and the companies that make them are adding smaller engines, more gears, turbos, and even diesels to try and improve […]

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A Consumers Union spokesman is going to the EPA midterm review hearings today, saying that Americans want better fuel economy and that the EPA’s cost of improved economy might be 40 percent too high. The Consumers Union, the policy and lobbying side of Consumer Reports, sent spokesperson Jack Barnett to speak at today’s EPA hearing […]

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Chevrolet has just announced the EPA highway rating for the 2018 Equinox diesel, and a nearly 40 mpg rating puts it at the top of the class. The 1.6L turbo diesel in the Equinox is rated to get 39 mpg highway with front-wheel drive. That makes it the current highway mileage SUV leader, topping the […]

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The EPA is adding another model year to its greenhouse gas emissions review, and the Consumers Union is asking it to reconsider. The 2017-2025 greenhouse gas standards were settled upon back in 2012, after agreements between automakers, labor groups, environmental groups, and both the California and federal governments. The deal called for a 5 percent […]

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Toyota and Mazda are taking electrified vehicles seriously enough to jointly invest $1.6 billion in a U.S. plant. Toyota Motor Corp. will also be taking a 5 percent share of Japanese competitor Mazda Motor Corp. The U.S. location will be named later, but it will have the capacity to produce 300,000 vehicles a year and […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering issuing fuel economy requirements for automakers lighter than the Environmental Protection Agency’s version. DOT said Tuesday that the new rules may start a year earlier than planned in the EPA’s proposed rules, covering 2021 model year vehicles. Lower fuel economy increases through 2025 would be part of the […]

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Audi has been forced to stop selling gas-powered A4 and A5 models in Europe, for up to two months. The stoppage covers new gasoline engine A4 and A5 models as well as S4 and S5 performance models. The S cars don’t share an engine with the A models, but both are affected by the same […]

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Average window-sticker fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. dropped 0.2 mpg last month from May, according to a monthly study. Decreasing gasoline prices and the popularity of SUVs, crossovers, and pickups were behind the steep drop in fuel efficiency of vehicles sold. Data comes from the monthly report written by Brandon Schoettle […]

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U.S. senators are attempting to reconcile differences in fuel economy rule enforcement held between two federal agencies. Sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo), the bill filed on Thursday hopes to streamline differing compliance guidelines that federal fuel economy and emissions rules are set to achieve through enforcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) […]

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The sales-weighted average fuel economy of new vehicles sold is back up to 25.3 mpg. Data compiled by University of Michigan’s Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle show the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in April 2017 was its highest all year, after January and February reported 25.1 mpg and March had 25.2 mpg. […]

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