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A former director with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the office asked for steep fuel efficiency increases for SUVs as a negotiation technique, knowing that the requested numbers were unrealistic. In 2011, the EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the major carmakers met to create new fuel economy and emissions standards set […]

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An automaker trade group wants regulators to grant CAFE credits for autonomous technology. Collision warnings, automated braking and adaptive cruise control are more than just safety features, said Mitch Bainwol, president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. They are fuel-efficiency boosters. Bainwol’s industry lobbying group represents 12 auto manufacturers, including Ford Motor Co., […]

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The redesigned for 2015 Honda Fit has received a 5-Star safety rating. This is the top score available in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The completely redesigned Fit earns both a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a NCAP 5-Star Overall […]

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With the development of near-noiseless electrified vehicles, lawmakers have called for pedestrian alert systems, but a federal rule that was supposed to take effect in 2018 will be delayed. For drivers behind the wheel of a hybrid or electric car, the quiet motor is peaceful. But proponents of the law say it has proven dangerous […]

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Ford’s new Ecoboost-powered 2015 full size SUVs have received a high safety rating from the NHTSA. Both the 2015 Ford Expedition and the 2015 Lincoln Navigator earned a five-star New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the highest possible overall rating. The NCAP was established to […]

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Audi’s 2015 A3 and S3 sedans, offering a mix of diesel, turbocharged and gasoline engines, have earned a 5-Star overall crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program. This New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) rating is the highest crash test rating currently available, being added to IIHS Top […]

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Toyota is in hot water, having to stop sale of various models, including the Avalon hybrid and Camry hybrid, because of an issue with flammability of seat fabric on seat heaters equipped models. Toyota said it has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it has initiated a stop sale of Avalon, Avalon […]

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Volkswagen’s Jetta TDI earned a 5-star safety rating as the company works also to introduce a lower-priced model, the Value Edition. The news came yesterday, when Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced that the 2014 Jetta has earned a 5-star Safety Rating from the government’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The Jetta joins the Passat and […]

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A federal rule to require backup cameras on light-duty vehicles that began with legislation in 2008 was submitted to the White House in draft form Dec. 25, and may be finalized Jan. 2015. The ostensible goal of the requirement is to protect children – though backup cameras may prevent all sorts of property damage besides […]

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The 2014 Soul, Kia Motors America’s (KMA) urban passenger vehicle, has earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-Star overall safety rating. This bodes well for the electric version of the Soul currently being developed and slated for a U.S. launch in the second half of 2014. As previously reported, the Korean automaker is […]

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