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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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