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There’s been much speculation about how well Ford will do with its upcoming Mustang models. Between criticism over adopting an independent rear suspension, speculation over dramatic weight increases (which have largely been proven false) to whether customers will buy-in to the existence of a four-cylinder model for the first time in over 20 years. As […]

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Have you, or has anyone you know ever bought a car hoping to enjoy high mpg claims and then had a hard time meeting the exalted numbers? If a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal has its way, this may become less likely as it will require automakers to road test and prove their presently self-certified […]

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Coinciding with an E-Class mid-cycle refresh, Mercedes-Benz’ choice of a four-cylinder diesel for the new E250 BlueTEC is its first for a U.S. sedan since the mid-1980s, and it replaces the V6 of the previous E350 BlueTEC. The all-wheel-drive 4MATIC we drove for over 1,300 miles also happens to be priced at the entry point […]

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The simplest definition for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) is one that relies on two different power sources. Beyond that, a plethora of terms being bandied about today can make things appear unnecessarily complicated. Cutting through the sea of words, hybrids can basically be divided into three main types: These are: full hybrids, mild hybrids, […]

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Toyota’s Prius c has established itself solidly as the third-best-selling hybrid being the lowest price Prius, and the highest mpg car “without a plug” sold in America. The subcompact c is a full hybrid and one of four Prius “family” members, the others being the regular “Liftback,” the wagon-like Prius v, and the Prius Plug-in […]

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Europe will see another impressive fuel-sipping gasoline engine in a new version of Peugeot’s 308. Peugeot’s 308, recently awarded European Car of the Year 2014, completes its range with the arrival of a new three cylinder PureTech 1.2-liter turbo petrol engine, producing 130 horsepower. In official witnessed tests, Peugeot’s new engine has been shown to […]

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Every little detail counts when it comes to saving fuel; Michigan-based BorgWarner’s latest timing chain reduces friction to improve engine efficiency and fuel economy. BorgWarner said its next-generation 6.35 mm inverted tooth silent engine timing chains are launching on engines from Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Hyundai, General Motors Korea and one Chinese automaker. According to BorgWarner, the […]

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According to an online survey of 3,000 consumers by Morpace, Inc., more than two out of three – 68 percent – said they would bypass performance in favor of fuel economy. The study by the Detroit-area firm was done this fall and pre-qualified those answering as intending to buy or lease in the next three […]

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Are Ford’s fuel consumption numbers for the Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid over-hyped by the manufacturer? Ford has been clamoring from one press release to another that this duo of hybrid vehicles is rated at “47 city/47 highway/47 combined mpg.” Consumer Reports has doubts as it has not been able to get close to these […]

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