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Thanks to American preferences for less-efficient larger trucks and SUVs, the average fuel economy for new passenger vehicles purchased has stayed stuck at 25.1 mpg for the past three model years. This is based on data from researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, which documents window sticker […]

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Yesterday, kicking off the Detroit auto show a day early, Ford took the wraps off the updated 2018 F-150 half-ton pickup truck that will offer a 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine option. The new engine, called the Lion, will be a variant of the 3.0-liter diesels Ford builds for Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles that […]

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After declining for several months in a row, the average sales-weighted fuel economy of new vehicles sold dropped to its lowest figure in over three years. Calculated from the monthly sales of individual models of light-duty vehicles and the combined city/highway fuel economy ratings published in the EPA Fuel Economy Guide, October saw the sales-weighted […]

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Corporate average fuel economy for new light-duty vehicles sold in America during September continued the decline in mpg that’s been seen this year. Fuel economy for new cars and trucks during September dropped 0.1 mpg from August to 25.2 mpg, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute released yesterday. The drop reflects likely […]

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Low gasoline prices could take away more than 1.1 million jobs in the U.S. if tough fuel economy rules are enacted, according to a Center for Automotive Research study. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based research center released the study yesterday analyzing nine different scenarios for possible gas pump prices and technology costs. The study found significant […]

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Major automakers are ramping up their fight and exerting pressure to delay or seek adjustments to the Obama administration’s aggressive fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission targets by 2025. In a prepared statement made public on Wednesday, Mitch Bainwol, head of the industry trade group Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said that low gasoline prices and […]

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Consumers Union, the policy and action arm of Consumer Reports, today submitted comments and a petition signed by nearly 32,000 consumers supporting federal fuel economy standards during the midterm review period of the Technical Assessment Report. In a letter signed by Shannon Baker-Branstetter, policy counsel for Consumers Union, arguments were made on how the 2025 […]

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An Eaton executive thinks the auto industry is on track to meet federal mpg mandates, as do other auto suppliers recently surveyed. In an interview with Bloomberg, Mihai Dorobantu, director of technology planning and government affairs for Eaton’s Vehicle Group, said hitting the mileage target spurs innovation and job growth. For that reason, Dorobantu said […]

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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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German automotive supplier Bosch says it’s the first and only supplier to offer water injection to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Bosch’s new WaterBoost system is geared to drivers accelerating quickly or driving on highways, where the additional injected water reduces fuel consumption up to 13 percent. The higher compression ratio in the […]

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