Cost is often the first thing that comes to mind when motorists think of gasoline. Many will drive halfway across town to save a couple cents per gallon. Additionally, purchasing regular-grade fuel to save money can be an exercise in false economy, especially if your vehicle is designed for premium gas. Continue Reading...
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Direct injection offers numerous benefits over port fuel delivery but could it be a bigger headache than it’s worth? Continue Reading...
Chrysler is preparing to add direct injection and turbocharging to its line of Pentastar V6 engines in order to increase output and enhance fuel economy. Continue Reading...
Diesel. To many American drivers the “D” word is something of a mystery. It’s associated with construction equipment, tractor trailers and hillbillies “rollin’ coal” in their modified pickups, spewing more black smoke than a burning pile of used tires. Continue Reading...
In an effort to further improve its fuel economy ahead of impending average fuel economy requirements, Ford announced today that it will offer engine start-stop technology across 70 percent of its nameplates by 2017. Continue Reading...
There were at least two things missing when General Motors debuted its new line of SUVs in New York last month. Continue Reading...
Honda will soon begin to blend the staple Civic with its so-called “Earth Dreams” technology. Continue Reading...
Sometimes, automakers have holes in their lineups bigger than Van Halen did in 1985. Continue Reading...
Kia just revealed its brand-new Forte 5-Door at the Chicago Auto Show today, including a potent 201 hp turbocharged version. Continue Reading...
Despite advancements in hybrid power-trains and electrification technology, gasoline engines remain the predominant choice in passenger cars because of continued efficiency improvements, most recently through the increased use of direct injection technology. But are you gambling when buying a car with DI, which still has its fair share of concerns and problems? Continue Reading...
Still competitive in its segment due to innovative styling, packaging and an enjoyable drive, Honda’s Fit sub-compact is starting to show its age. Continue Reading...
Like a college student with a trust fund to burn, Toyota might finally be realizing the consequences of its more than decade-long “Prius party.” Continue Reading...
Originally supposed to be powered by microturbines, a technology that hardly exists, the Jaguar C-X75 concept will go into prototype production. Continue Reading...
Big changes in the traditional Toyota engine lineup may be one the way soon in the form of turbocharging and possibly even diesel engines in the American market. Continue Reading...
Every car, whether it has a big V8 engine or an electric motor powering the wheels, is being equipped with fuel saving technologies. Recall variable-valve timing. Introduced on the Acura NSX, and at one time a revolutionary technology, now practically all cars have some form of VVT. Now more technologies are being introduced as innovations… Continue Reading...
Offered on the B4 sedan 2.0 GT DIT and Touring Wagon models in Japan however, is a 2.0-liter direct injected turbocharged four. Like the normally aspirated 2.5, it’s teamed with Lineartronic CVT, which gets a modified torque converter and revisions to the chain mechanism to cope with the increase in power. Continue Reading...
Fuel mileage, horsepower and overall performance are key ingredients in the recipe for any successful car these days. Maybe that’s why GM made the announcement to reporters at the North American International Auto Show that they plan to scrap the unimpressive naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four cylinder found in the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Buick‘s Verano… Continue Reading...
Honda has announced it will debut an all-new Accord Coupe concept at the Detroit Auto Show in January and if past concepts (above) are any guess it will bear a close resemblance to the production model. In a press release Honda calls the concept “dynamic and aggressive”. The concept foreshadows a production version of the… Continue Reading...
Chevrolet is offering more for less by adding direct injection to their upcoming line of Gen-V small block engines. “The Gen-V small block is an all-new, state-of-the-art engine family that will offer more efficiency and refinement than any other small block in its more than half-century of production,” chief engineer Jordan Lee said to Left… Continue Reading...
Much has been said about the new Honda Civic receiving a list of early updates in a bid to silence critics while restoring the car’s class-leading fuel economy. This has all but been confirmed, with the Japanese automaker revealing an entire new lineup of engines and transmissions at a press briefing held at the Twin… Continue Reading...
Today’s four-cylinder engines are much more refined and powerful, to the point that the old adage ‘there’s no replacement for displacement’ doesn’t really apply any more. Continue Reading...
The recent switch to “down-sizing” technologies like turbocharging and direct-injection have allowed automakers like Chevy, Ford and Hyundai to leap past Toyota in the fuel economy race in recent years. During that time Toyota’s focus has been on hybridizing its lineup of vehicles, a move that does allow for more significant fuel economy gains, but… Continue Reading...
Mazda is betting that their new lineup of SKY direct injection gasoline and diesel engines will help raise the company’s fleet fuel economy by 30% by 2015. Mazda, which has long refrained from hybrid cars, claims that the next generation 2015 Mazda3 with a SKY-G gasoline engine and a Sky-Drive 6-speed automatic will get 40… Continue Reading...
Mercedes has just announced details of its new V6 and V8 engines with added power and a massive improvement in fuel economy. Most exciting is a new 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8 with 435-hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque. This engine is set to replace the current 5.5-liter naturally aspirated V8, adding 12 percent more power and… Continue Reading...