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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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Federal regulators will grant the auto industry’s requests for relief from certain aspects of the U.S. government’s light-vehicle fuel economy program. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will postpone a steep increase in penalties that was supposed to be applied to 2015 model-year vehicles but will now be held off until 2019. NHTSA acknowledges […]

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Kia’s Niro EX just took the Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption driving coast-to-coast in a hybrid car averaging 76.6 mpg. The hybrid crossover was driven 3,715.4 miles from Los Angeles City Hall to New York City Hall. Well-known “hyper miler” Wayne Gerdes of Carlsbad, Calif., and co-driver Robert Winger of Williamsburg, Va., used […]

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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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Mitsubishi Motors was ordered Tuesday by the Japanese transport ministry to stop domestic sales of eight more vehicle models due to cheating on fuel economy reporting, according to a Fortune report. Investigation into fuel economy on models including the Pajero, Outlander, and RVR SUVs were lower than stated in marketing catalogs, the ministry reported. That […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is about to jack up fines for automakers that aren’t meeting fuel economy requirements. The fines imposed on automakers for not meeting the corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE) will more than double next month. NHTSA also told Automotive News that these larger fines will apply to 2015 […]

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While elite carmakers are moving toward hybridization to improve mpg and cut greenhouse gases, there remain many exceptions with gas-guzzling internal combustion engines. Actually, the majority of powerful-to-extremely powerful supercars and luxury vehicles are unencumbered with electrified propulsion – not counting Tesla’s vehicles, which alone avoid petroleum entirely. As the culture and market push back […]

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Nissan Motor is in talks with Mitsubishi Motors to settle a 30-percent stake in the automaker now under investigation for a widening mpg cheating scandal. According to an exclusive report in the Nikkei Asian Review, Nissan will meet Thursday with the Mitsubishi board to settle a proposed $1.84 billion (200 billion yen) commitment to help […]

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Mitsubishi has admitted to submitting falsified fuel economy data for more vehicles than it originally disclosed. The Japanese brand said today that it suspects that nine current models and a number of cars that aren’t sold anymore all have incorrect fuel economy ratings thanks to intentionally manipulated data. Mitsubishi is currently investigating the matter, though […]

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Federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rules are working to improve passenger vehicle fuel economy and this is good for everybody. That about sums findings today by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) which said 15 of the 16 major auto companies selling in the U.S. met or exceeded their 2015 fuel economy performance, and […]

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