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Why is My Gas Mileage so Bad?

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Is your vehicle not living up to the promises made on its window sticker? Do your real-world miles per gallon look like the prices on a fast-food value menu? If fuel economy is falling short here are some possible culprits and a few solutions to maximize your MPG. Continue Reading...

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...

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...

High Unemployment to Blame for Drop in Teen Driving

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It’s a commonly held belief that young people are not interested in cars. As the narrative goes, they’d rather rely on public transportation and play with their iPhones than drive. But a new study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute tells a different story. Continue Reading...

GM Chief Economist: Recovery is “Here to Stay”

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GM’s August sales were the best they’ve been in the better part of a decade and this strong showroom performance seems to indicate an economic recovery is in fact underway. Continue Reading...

Auto Sales In India Poised To Overtake Japan

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At one point, Japan was among the world’s leading auto markets but the country has yet to regain its stride after last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Japanese auto sales dropped to half the peak rate and a recovery has yet to take hold. Global information company IHS Automotive conducted a study that shows sales in India… Continue Reading...

Canada’s Auto Sector Losing Ground To Mexico

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Automobile manufacturing is a big part of the Canadian economy. 10 percent of the country’s manufacturing output is related to the auto industry. Things have been changing for a few years already, and the future is not looking good for Canada.  Thanks to their lower labor rates and production costs, more and more car companies… Continue Reading...

Half of American Youth Would Buy a Chinese Car: Study

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Surprisingly, large segments of Americans are willing to buy Chinese made cars. Market research company GfK Automotive did its annual Barometer of Automotive Awareness and Imagery, and found that 38 percent of the respondents would consider buying a Chinese car. According to the study, “The openness to purchasing a Chinese and Indian vehicle is highest among… Continue Reading...
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