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If you haven’t heard the industry term for making things lighter to make them consume less fuel or go faster, it is “light-weighting,” and that’s what Ford has done with its comprehensively re-done Lightweight Concept. Borrowing technologies used to shed pounds from advanced military and aerospace vehicles, and bullet trains, Ford put together a Fusion […]

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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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What do a supercar and a garbage truck have in common? The answer, says Ian Wright, founder and CEO of series hybrid powertrain maker, Wrightspeed, is “both need lots of power.” And, lots of power normally requires lots of fuel, but Wright’s San Jose-based company has technology combining a compact “microturbine” engine with plug-in series […]

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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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Sales of Ford’s F-150 equipped with the EcoBoost engine, launched less than three years ago, have topped 400,000 units in the United States. Ford explained in total, F-150 EcoBoost owners collectively are saving an estimated 45 million gallons of gas annually “Ford is delivering great fuel economy across our lineup, from EcoBoost in our F-150 […]

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