Do I Really Need Premium Gas?

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Do I Really Need Premium Gas?
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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...

Is Carbon Buildup a Problem With Direct-Injection Engines?

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Is Carbon Buildup a Problem With Direct-Injection Engines?
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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...

Why are Diesels More Efficient Than Gasoline Engines?

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Why are Diesels More Efficient Than Gasoline Engines?
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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...

Top 10 Strangest Rebadged Vehicles

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Top 10 Strangest Rebadged Vehicles
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Sometimes, automakers have holes in their lineups bigger than Van Halen did in 1985. Continue Reading...

Should You Buy a Car With Direct Injection?

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Should You Buy a Car With Direct Injection?
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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...

Seven Fuel-Saving Technologies That Are Changing the Auto Industry

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Seven Fuel-Saving Technologies That Are Changing the Auto Industry
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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...

2013 Subaru Legacy Gets 296 HP Turbocharged 4-Cylinder

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2013 Subaru Legacy Gets 296 HP Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
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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...

GM Announces New Ecotec Engine, Phases Out Old Four Cylinder

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GM Announces New Ecotec Engine, Phases Out Old Four Cylinder
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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...

2013 Honda Accord Coupe Concept to Bow at Detroit Auto Show

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2013 Honda Accord Coupe Concept to Bow at Detroit Auto Show
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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 Announces 5th Generation Small Block Engine With Direct Injection

Chevrolet Announces 5th Generation Small Block Engine With Direct Injection
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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...

Honda Previews New Engine Lineup: Direct Injection and CVTs Coming

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Honda Previews New Engine Lineup: Direct Injection and CVTs Coming
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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...

Toyota Planning Turbocharging, Direct Injection Across Lineup

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Toyota Planning Turbocharging, Direct Injection Across Lineup
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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 Claims SKY Engines Will Match Hybrid Fuel Economy

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Mazda Claims SKY Engines Will Match Hybrid Fuel Economy
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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 Announces New V6 and Twin-Turbo V8 With Added Power, Huge Fuel Economy Improvements

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Mercedes Announces New V6 and Twin-Turbo V8 With Added Power, Huge Fuel Economy Improvements
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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...
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