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...
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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...
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...
Despite being sold in Canada, Mercedes-Benz has yet to offer its B-Class to an American audience, though reports of that changing have been floating for years. Continue Reading...
The use of E15 was approved by the EPA back in April, which meant it was only a matter of time before the selling of E15 was approved. That time has come. Continue Reading...
Japanese automaker Mitsubishi announced that it will bring a plug-in hybrid version of its Outlander to the upcoming Paris Motor Show this September. Continue Reading...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally approved the first applications in making gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol, known as E15. This comes after much criticism on the use of E15 with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and the Science Committee in the House of Representatives both stepping in to prevent the… Continue Reading...
Funny little Italian cars are finally coming into vogue, or so it seems after Fiat reported its best month of U.S. sales to date in February. “I’m holding my breath, but to beat February would be a big, big win for us,” Fiat brand head Timothy Kuniskis told the Detroit Free Press. With 3,227 units sold last month,… Continue Reading...
You may think America has its fair share of uninsured motorists on the road, but out in the United Kingdom one out of every 25 drivers do not carry insurance. That equates to an astonishing 1.4-million people that law enforcement has had a tough time cracking down on. The UK government has decided to step… Continue Reading...
Gas prices always hit a spike in the summer, and this year is shaping up to be a doozy with prices likely to pass $4.00 per gallon by Memorial Day. With fuel costs jumping to such dramatic heights, it might feel like a logical decision to jump ship on your current car for something less… Continue Reading...
Audi unveiled the 2013 A3 hatchback at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show today, showcasing a lighter and more efficient version of the company’s small three-door car, despite remaining almost exactly the same size. The car will be available with two TFSI engines or a turbo diesel. All three engines were newly developed for the car… Continue Reading...
Reports are coming in that the United States is paying upwards of $400 per gallon of fuel delivered to troops on the ground, that’s a whooping 100 times more than we pay. Of course that’s not the cost of fuel by itself. The high rate of gas price there includes the cost of having it… Continue Reading...
Believe it or not, hybrids are safer in a crash than their gasoline-only counterparts, according to a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute. “Hybrids on average are 10 percent heavier than their standard counterparts,” Moore said in a statement today. “This extra mass gives them an advantage in crashes that their conventional twins… Continue Reading...
If your cell phone has ever run out of battery power midday, you know how frustrating it can be to charge on the go. Imagine having to do the same for your car. Driving an electric vehicle (EV) means you’re always thinking about when and where you can charge next. At current charging times that… Continue Reading...
Just like how elementary school kids promised free lollipops and candy in the vending machines, America’s politicians make the same affirmations. Case in point: Michelle Bachmann will, if elected, give all God-fearing Americans the divine right of cheap gas. Drill baby, drill! Bachmann told supporters at an event in South Carolina: “The day that the… Continue Reading...
If you think $4 for a gallon of gas is pricey here in the United States, you should thank your lucky stars that you’re not a resident of Denmark. The Northern European nation is currently leading the world in gas prices, with a gallon costing an average $9.69, including a gasoline tax of $5.41. Other… Continue Reading...
Ford‘s strategy involving smaller cars priced at a premium will become even more important if gasoline rises beyond $4 gallon, said Ford of the Americans President Mark Fields. “There is a natural kind of water level that if a gallon of gas goes over, that may shift the market mentality,” Fields told Automotive News. “When it… Continue Reading...
Mercedes has a new, technologically-advanced series of gasoline engines, capable of running on a “lean-burn” mode that both reduces emissions and increases fuel efficiency—but they’re not coming to America because the gasoline here isn’t clean enough for the Silver Arrow’s refined tastes. The problem is that American gasoline contains too much sulfur—as much as 80-95… Continue Reading...
Given the current state of gasoline, the Toyota Prius has been hotter than Justin Bieber tickets. Unfortunately, there’s a nationwide shortage of the popular hybrid across the American market: Cars.com lists just 9,014 available. Chalk it up to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but the Prius has been selling fast for months now… Continue Reading...
While motorists in North America have had 10 percent ethanol infused gasoline all but forced on them, and Brazil operates almost entirely on E85 biofuel, German motorists have slammed the door shut on the corn-based fuel by simply refusing to purchase gasoline that is made up of 90 percent dino-juice and 10 percent ethanol. The… Continue Reading...
With oil passing the $100/barrel mark on Thursday, analysts are warning that a gallon of gasoline could soon cost as much as $5 this summer. “If this thing escalates and there’s a good chance that there’d be a shift in supplies, $5 gas isn’t out of the question,” said Darin Newsom, an analyst at energy… Continue Reading...
The EPA will announce Friday that it has approved the use of E15 gasoline for vehicles made after the year 2000. The EPA previously approved the added ethanol content for vehicles made after 2007 – the new regulations would see the amount of vehicles able to use E15 grow exponentially, and directly benefit American corn… Continue Reading...
Audi owners will no longer have to worry about accidentally filling their diesel vehicles with gasoline. The company is introducing a mechanism that will have you pumping without a problem. Right now, you can’t put diesel into a gasoline-powered vehicle because the diesel nozzles are large and won’t fit in the filler neck. On the… Continue Reading...
The Automotive Leasing Guide is what the auto industry uses to determine residual values for leased vehicles. It’s a pretty important guideline, and when the ALG speaks, people listen. So the ALG’s prediction of gasoline at $4.13 a gallon by 2013 has some pretty big ramifications for consumers and their vehicle choices. Naturally, the ALG… Continue Reading...