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Helpful GM Propaganda: How 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco Raises MPGs

Helpful GM Propaganda: How 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco Raises MPGs

The word "propaganda" can mean many things to many people. Today, we're using it in the sense of "a form of communication aimed at influencing the attitude of a community," as Wikipedia neatly puts it. The busy public-relations team at General Motors is now putting out roughly a video every week on... read more

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adminstrator Lisa Jackson and President Barack Obama

California, EPA, DoT Make Nice On Timing Of Higher MPG Rules

Three government agencies agree to "coordinate" their actions and announce "a single timeframe" for proposing new rules. This signals "continued collaboration" among the... read more January 25, 2011 by  1


 
Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne & EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announce hydraulic-hybrid program

How Chrysler's Hydraulic Hybrid Works: Energy From Pressure

Chrysler has come out of hibernation with a bang, as far as green and more fuel-efficient vehicles are concerned. The company announced Wednesday that it would partner with... read more January 24, 2011 by  27


 
Corn Ethanol Pump

EPA To Approve E15 Gasoline Blend For 2001-2006 Vehicles Too

Following its October approval of E15 gasoline for 2007 or newer cars, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to announce today that it will expand the approval to cars... read more January 21, 2011 by  1


 
Chrysler headquarters

Chrysler And EPA Set To Announce New Drivetrain Research Project

With all the hoopla surrounding this week’s 2011 Detroit Auto Show, we’re quite surprised to learn that Chrysler has yet another major announcement to make, this... read more January 14, 2011 by  0


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

Toyota Prius Ad We'll Never See: Animals Worse Than Hybrids

Some of the first emissions regulations in the world came about because of the way the Los Angeles Basin is shaped. Reports of smog in southern California started with the... read more January 5, 2011 by  2


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt EPA sticker

Video: 2011 Chevrolet Volt EPA Gas Mileage Explained

If the idea of measuring the efficiency of an electric car, which burns no gasoline, in miles per gallon still irks you, spare a thought for our green car expert John... read more January 5, 2011 by  0


 
Traffic light

Ford Will Be First Major Carmaker To Offer Start-Stop In U.S.

Start-stop systems, which shut off car engines when the vehicle comes to a stop, have been offered in Europe for several years. But until now, no automaker other than Porsche... read more December 28, 2010 by  2


 
Corn Ethanol Pump

Automakers Sue To Stop E15 Gasoline Over Fears It Harms Cars

Every major automaker selling cars in the U.S. has signed onto a lawsuit filed Monday aimed at halting the rollout of E15 gasoline, which has a higher proportion of ethanol... read more December 22, 2010 by  0


 
2010 Honda Fit Sport

40-MPG Cars Are Better Than Ever; Too Bad They're Not Selling

Today's small cars are better than they've ever been, even if few of them are among the EPA's all-time gas mileage champs. And spurred by tighter fuel-economy laws, 40 miles... read more December 9, 2010 by  40


 
1997 Geo Metro

Why Are Few Of Today's Cars Among The Most Fuel-Efficient Ever?

Every now and then, readers write to grumble about new cars and their gas mileage. The gist is usually something like this: You wrote that the new 2011 [Make & Model]... read more December 8, 2010 by  24


 
2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

How To Enjoy Your Compact Car: A 455-Horse, 6.75-Liter V-12

Compact cars are pretty much a known quantity, and hence easy to visualize. Many are headed for 40-mpg highway ratings, and Hyundai recently threw down the gauntlet in saying... read more December 8, 2010 by  2


 
2011 Hundai Sonata Hybrid, La Jolla, California, October 2010

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Delayed A Month, Misses Tax Credit

The U.S. launch of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has slipped a month, just enough to preclude buyers from taking advantage of a $1,300 Federal tax credit that expires... read more December 8, 2010 by  7


 
2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Ford Explorer At 25 MPG Highway, 20 MPG Combined, EPA Says

One of the main reasons buyers steered away from the old Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle, according to Ford itself, was its fuel economy. So gas mileage had to be a major... read more December 7, 2010 by  4


 
2011 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Drops The Gloves, Will Call Out Sales of 40-MPG Cars

Just a month ago, we suggested that 40 miles per gallon is the new bragging threshold for subcompact and even compact cars. Now, Hyundai has dropped the gloves (or thrown... read more December 2, 2010 by  7


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt Z-Spec

2011 Chevrolet Volt Gets 93 MPGe EV Rating, 60 MPG Combined

The shenanigans continue. Just this week the Nissan LEAF was rated at 99 mpg-equivalent by the EPA, raising the ire of our own John Voelcker--and justifiably so. Today, the... read more November 24, 2010 by  11


 
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