Average U.S. Fuel Economy Flat this Year: Report

Average U.S. Fuel Economy Flat this Year: Report
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  Efficiency matters, but drivers don’t always go for the most economical option when purchasing a new vehicle. The latest average fuel-economy figures for new vehicles sold in the U.S. last month are out and they’re essentially unchanged from January. Continue Reading...

Driving Continental’s Ultra-Efficient Gasoline Technology Car

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Driving Continental’s Ultra-Efficient Gasoline Technology Car
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Automotive supply company Continental has been hard at work developing 48-volt automotive electrical systems. This technology promises huge fuel economy improvements at minimal cost, though it should also deliver these upsides with no sacrifice in driving comfort. Continue Reading...

Are Naturally Aspirated Engines Going Away?

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Are Naturally Aspirated Engines Going Away?
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In the race to improve efficiency and cut emissions, more and more automakers are turning to forced induction as a way of increasing fuel economy without sacrificing drivability. Continue Reading...

Hyundai, Kia to pay $350 Million Over False MPG Claims

Hyundai, Kia to pay $350 Million Over False MPG Claims
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It will cost Hyundai and Kia more than $350 million to settle the government’s two-year investigation into the inflated fuel-economy ratings of some 1.2 million vehicles.  Continue Reading...

Real-World CAFE Performance Exceeds NHTSA Targets

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Real-World CAFE Performance Exceeds NHTSA Targets
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Corporate Average Fuel Economy, CAFE for short, is a series of regulations designed to improve the efficiency of vehicles sold in the United States. Automakers will be required to average 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. Continue Reading...

Supplier Testing Cylinder Deactivation on 3-Cylinder Engines

Supplier Testing Cylinder Deactivation on 3-Cylinder Engines
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Fuel economy is a top concern these days as automakers, suppliers and consumers alike strive to stretch every drop of petroleum as far as possible. Cylinder deactivation is a key way of bolstering the large-print numbers on a vehicle’s window sticker. Continue Reading...

Tesla Drops ‘Model E’ Trademark

Tesla Drops ‘Model E’ Trademark
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When Tesla’s more affordable electric car reaches consumers, it won’t come with the previously expected Model E name. Continue Reading...

California Considering Vehicle-Miles-Traveled Tax

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California Considering Vehicle-Miles-Traveled Tax
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California motorists that spend a lot of time on the road could be in for a shock. The state’s legislature is considering a bill that would explore a tax based on vehicle miles traveled or VMT for short. Continue Reading...

Five-Point Inspection: Mahle Downsizing Demonstrator

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Five-Point Inspection: Mahle Downsizing Demonstrator
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In decades past, automakers produced more powerful engines by adding cylinders. As the old saying goes, there’s no replacement for displacement… Or is there?  Continue Reading...

How Does a CVT Work?

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How Does a CVT Work?
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Automatic transmissions are HUGELY popular in North America. Europe is still a strong hold for the manual gearbox but on this side of the Atlantic self-shifters account for at least 90 percent of new-vehicle sales; the standard trans lost the market-share race decades ago and in spectacular fashion. Continue Reading...

What is the Most Fuel Efficient Minivan?

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What is the Most Fuel Efficient Minivan?
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Nothing screams “commitment” or “responsibility” louder than a minivan, well, maybe a saggy pair of elastic-waist mom jeans but who’s counting? Love ‘em or loathe ‘em these versatile vehicles are designed to excel at hauling, whether it’s taking a passel of kiddies to soccer practice after school or hauling a load of building material home… Continue Reading...
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