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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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Nissan is the most fuel efficient full-line automaker in the United States. This according to the 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Trends” Report. Nissan’s fleet-wide fuel economy rating of 26.2 combined mpg was highest among all full-line automakers in the annual report, which is the authoritative reference on new light-duty vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, fuel […]

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The new 2015 Honda Fit goes on sale across the U.S. this coming Monday, April 14, and will carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $15,525 for the LX trim with 6-speed manual transmission. All Fit models are powered by a more powerful 1.5-liter engine developing 130 horsepower and 114 pound feet of […]

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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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The three Audi TDI clean diesel models completing Audi’s “Truth in 48” cross-country efficiency drive far exceeded their federally published fuel economy ratings. Covering more than 2,850 miles between Southern California and New York, the best team managed an average of 43.561 mpg. The challenge taken on by eight drivers over the last weekend involved […]

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Toyota has said it plans to increase its already strong U.S. commitment to hybrids by making individual hybrid variants of all its models in coming years but the automaker has already gone beyond this in Europe where 92 percent of all Lexus vehicles sold are hybrids. That’s correct. Rather than merely having an electrified and […]

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Last week in Michigan, we had opportunity to sample Toyota’s European and UK-market Auris Hybrid, and came away impressed with its driving dynamics, aesthetics, and functionality, not to mention a compelling spec sheet. What’s so special about its specs? For starters, the freshly minted Auris gets improved mpg and CO2 emissions over the regular Prius, […]

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Ford invites all makers, hackers and developers interested in helping drivers improve their fuel economy to enter the Personalized Fuel-Efficiency App Challenge. The deadline to enter is July 24. The competition, announced at this year’s New York International Auto Show by Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln, […]

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In 2014, Formula 1 will enter a new era, an more fuel efficient and electrified one. After three years of planning and development, the most significant technical change to hit the sport in more than two decades is introduced. Engine regulations form the major part of the coming revolution, with the introduction of a new […]

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During the 34th International Vienna Motor Symposium last Friday, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, gave a forecast of the company’s future drive system technologies. Areas of work being focused on by Volkswagen include the development of a high-performance diesel engine delivering 100 kilowatts per liter of displacement […]

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