France Plans to Ditch Diesel

France Plans to Ditch Diesel
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When it comes to vehicular fuels two giants come to mine: gasoline and diesel. The former is dominant on this side of the Atlantic while the latter is extremely popular in the old world. Despite this the French government has plans to slowly phase out diesel for use in passenger cars. Continue Reading...

London City Center May Ban Older Gas and Diesel Cars

London City Center May Ban Older Gas and Diesel Cars
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Driving in downtown London may be getting a little more difficult. There’s talk of banning older cars from parts of the UK capital if they don’t meet certain emissions requirements. Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Polo Range Updated for 2014

Volkswagen Polo Range Updated for 2014
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Volkswagen will reveal a quartet of subcompact Polos at next week’s Geneva Motor Show. Naturally fuel efficiency is a top priority with these models but the company hasn’t forgotten about performance. Continue Reading...

Hyundai Building ‘Diesel’ Engine that Runs on Gasoline

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Hyundai Building ‘Diesel’ Engine that Runs on Gasoline
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Diesel engines are more efficient than their gasoline counterparts. There are several reasons for this; they burn a more energy-dense fuel, they’re run much higher compression ratios and there are fewer pumping losses since they have no throttle bodies. But what if you could take the best attributes of both powerplant types and combine them… Continue Reading...

2014 Mazda3 Revealed With More Space, Style & Speed

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2014 Mazda3 Revealed With More Space, Style & Speed
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Like a Broadway premiere the 2014 Mazda3 will take a bow in New York City today. Mazda’s best-selling compact car has received a bumper-to-bumper redesign along with some significant improvements. The company’s latest C-Segment offering brings a healthy dose of style, performance and technology to an extremely competitive slice of the market. Continue Reading...

Under the Hood: What is Torque? What is Horsepower?

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Under the Hood: What is Torque? What is Horsepower?
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Automakers are always looking for an edge over the competition. Any spec-sheet advantage, no matter how insignificant, is fair game. Engine output is often something they brag about. One vehicle may have more horsepower but a competing car could offer more torque. What’s the difference between these two measurements? What do they mean? Surprisingly these… Continue Reading...

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
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This Week’s Five-Point Inspection takes a look at the soon-to-be-overhauled Mercedes-Benz E-Class, what we love about it and what we’d like to see changed. About to become redundant, there is a mid-cycle refresh coming for the 2014 model year which will put the current E-Class out to pasture. This doesn’t mean the E-Class is necessarily… Continue Reading...

2015 Ford Mustang 4-Cylinder Turbo Confirmed for U.S.

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2015 Ford Mustang 4-Cylinder Turbo Confirmed for U.S.
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Earlier reports that the 2015 Ford Mustang will get a turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost exclusively for the European market have turned out to be false. That turbo 4-banger is headed to America too. Continue Reading...

2015 Mustang to Gain Turbocharged 4-Cylinder

2015 Mustang to Gain Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
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It’s no secret; the next-generation Ford Mustang is going global. The iconic American ponycar has finally applied for a passport, but in order to get visas for some countries it needs to make a few changes, namely what’s under its long, bulging hood. Continue Reading...

Is Alcohol the Answer to Energy Independence?

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Is Alcohol the Answer to Energy Independence?
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What’s old is new again. It seems like every clever idea or radical invention has already been thought of, existing in government patent archives or a 15th century sketch from Leonardo da Vinci. Retro design is a prime automotive example of this, but it’s not the only one. Ethanol is a promising transportation fuel of… Continue Reading...

Under the Hood: What is E85?

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Under the Hood: What is E85?
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AutoGuide’s regular “Under the Hood” segment has already explained the vagaries of octane and the advantages of Top Tier gasoline, but there’s so much more to fuel than that. Ethanol, for instance, is a major component of gas, and something that’s a potential peril for consumers. But what is ethanol? And what is E85? Should… Continue Reading...

Diesel-Powered Hondas Unlikely For US, Says Exec

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Diesel-Powered Hondas Unlikely For US, Says Exec
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Advanced diesel engines are one option automakers can turn to for complying with upcoming U.S. fuel-economy standards. German OEMs in particular are the technology’s strongest proponents, but at the opposite end of the Eurasian landmass, Honda is not so bullish. Continue Reading...

Under the Hood: What is Octane?

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Under the Hood: What is Octane?
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Anyone that’s ever topped off their tank or filled up a jerry can knows gasoline comes in different grades, from regular unleaded to pricey premium. Each “flavor” has a number that corresponds to its octane level, but what does this mean? What is octane and what role does it play? AutoGuide reached out to experts… Continue Reading...

High-Octane Hijinks: Is Premium Fuel Better Than Regular?

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High-Octane Hijinks: Is Premium Fuel Better Than Regular?
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When it’s time to top-off the tank, drivers are confronted with a dizzying variety of choices at the pump. There’s premium gasoline, mid-grade, regular and – depending on where you live – some even offer ultra-high octane, with a rating of 94 or above. Continue Reading...
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