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Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion: High-MPG Diesel Is Forbidden Fruit For Us

Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion: High-MPG Diesel Is Forbidden Fruit For Us

With substantial weight savings and all-new drivetrains, the seventh-generation 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI -- coming to the U.S. next year as a 2.0-litre TDI model, and also a hot hatch Golf GTD -- suggests diesel fans may get the kind of fuel-efficiency figures normally reserved for hybrid cars. But... read more

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2013 Tesla Model S

Does The Tesla Model S Electric Car Pollute More Than An SUV?

Does the supposedly clean, green Tesla Model S really pollute more than a gas-guzzling Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicle? That's what one analyst has claimed. In an... read more May 31, 2013 by  125


 
Car entering London's Congestion Charge zone [Image: Flickr user jovike]

London Lowers CO2 Limit For Free Entry: Only Plug-Ins Exempt

For several years, England's capital city has charged a fee for vehicles entering a center zone, under the guise of "congestion charging". In reality, it's a tax based on CO2... read more April 25, 2013 by  11


 
Summerhill Group's Shuttle Challenge: Driving less to get gas money in Toronto

Drive Less, Win Valuable Prizes! (If You're Canadian, Anyway)

Would you drive less if it meant getting the gas you did use for free? We suspect most people would answer yes if they could, and that's the premise behind the Shuttle... read more March 26, 2013 by  0


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

Are Diesel Cars In Europe Starting A Long Slow Decline?

A few weeks back, we looked at the numbers showing diesel sales in the U.S. increasing, just as hybrids are becoming more popular in Europe. That's a shift from current... read more March 19, 2013 by  16


 
2014 Volkswagen XL1, 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Volkswagen Wants 60 MPG Fleet Average In Europe By 2020

The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) target of 54.5 mpg by 2025 has caused cheers from some people, and jeers from others. In reality, that target won't be as difficult... read more March 6, 2013 by  1


 
Indian traffic [Image: Flickr user Peter Eich]

Dirtiest Country For Electric Cars? India; Cleanest? Paraguay

Electric cars are often described as "zero emission vehicles". That's true, to an extent - you won't find a drop of any substance eminating from their non-existent tailpipes... read more February 7, 2013 by  24


 
Car entering London's Congestion Charge zone [Image: Flickr user jovike]

London Tightens Congestion Charge Limits; Only Plug-Ins To Be Free?

Imagine if you were being charged tens of dollars to drive into the center of your home city each day. Around Europe, many drivers already face such a charge. London is one... read more January 29, 2013 by  11


 
2012 Toyota Prius C

ACEEE Announces Greenest Cars Of The Year

The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has announced its 'Greenest' and 'Meanest' vehicles of the year. Each year vehicles are given environmental scores... read more January 16, 2013 by  6


 
2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid First To Meet SULEV20 Standards

Honda's 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid has become the first vehicle to meet California's latest new emissions standard. The plug-in Accord's per-mile output of only 20 milligrams... read more December 28, 2012 by  9


 
2010 Toyota Prius ad comparing its emissions to those of a sheep (cropped)

25% Of Today's New Cars Can Hit 2016 Emissions Goals

The past couple of years, auto industry headlines have focused on 2025 and its high benchmarks for corporate average fuel economy. But there's a nearer-term deadline that's... read more December 6, 2012 by  4


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

Electric Cars: Are They Really A Dire Emissions Threat?

This seems to be our time for debunking dumb stories about plug-in electric cars. First, we had to educate a Forbes columnist (and oil-industry consultant) about how the auto... read more November 8, 2012 by  39


 
University of Michigan Eco-Driving Index, October 2007 - July 2012

Auto Emissions Fell 20% In 5 Years, But Don't Get Excited Yet

This week, we received a press release from the University of Michigan with a stunning subject line: "Emissions from new vehicles down a record 20% in five years". "Okay", we... read more October 5, 2012 by  3


 
BMW M3 M Performance exhaust

Will The CO2 In Your Car Exhaust Become Valuable?

Whether or not you subscribe to the theory that carbon dioxide released by human activity is to blame for global warming, theres no doubt that we do release a lot of CO2 into... read more September 17, 2012 by  1


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

It’s Official: Greener Cars Have Helped Improve LA’s Air Quality

Given the length of time the U.S. Government is taking to set new gas mileage standards for 2025, you’d be forgiven for thinking the only benefit from driving a high... read more August 24, 2012 by  15


 
San Francisco Bay cargo ship, by Flickr user Bernard Garon

LA Port Cuts Emissions Half Or More Since 2005: Huge Success

Public-health advocates have known for years that living around freight yards is hazardous to your cardiopulmonary health. In smog-susceptible Los Angeles, the Port of LA was... read more August 6, 2012 by  2


 
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