Fuel Economy

2017 Ford F-150 pickup gas mileage rises to 21 mpg combined

2017 Ford F-150 pickup gas mileage rises to 21 mpg combined

The 2017 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck gets a slight fuel-economy bump this year, via the addition of a new 10-speed automatic transmission and an updated 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine. Equipped with this powertrain, the 2017 F-150 is rated at 21 mpg combined (18 city, 25... read more

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Elio Motors prototype at New York Auto Show press conference, Apr 2015

You know cars, trucks, and motorcycles, but what's an autocycle? (It's an Elio)

To say three-wheeled vehicles are rare in the North American car market would be an understatement. Traditionally, motorcycles have two wheels, and passenger cars and light... read more September 15, 2016 by

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CAFE rules should stay as they are, auto-industry suppliers agree

The lobbyists for automakers have made their views on Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards through 2025 quite clear. The majority of carmakers would prefer to see... read more September 15, 2016 by

Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) on a Peugeot 308

Study suggests every European diesel maker cheated on EU tests

The Volkswagen diesel scandal has thrown a bright spotlight on the way new cars and trucks are tested for compliance with emissions standards. The German carmaker's use of... read more September 9, 2016 by

2017 Mazda 6

First the wagons went away; are family sedans next to vanish?

For several decades, the station wagon was the default car choice for most U.S. families. But now those families clamor for SUVs instead, and wagons are virtually nonexistent... read more September 7, 2016 by

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energi: how engineers increased fuel efficiency

Carmakers regularly tweak their powertrains to boost fuel efficiency or improve performance and drivability. Changes to EPA test cycles for 2017 mean that the agency's... read more September 2, 2016 by

2017 Ford F-150

2017 Ford F-150 with 10-speed automatic to arrive at dealers next month

Beginning next month, buyers will be able to order the 2017 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The transmission—co-developed... read more September 2, 2016 by

Fuel gauge

Three big automaker myths about CAFE: busted by Consumers Union

The recent release of a "Technical Assessment Report" on automakers' efforts to meet Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards has kicked off a debate over whether... read more August 29, 2016 by

2016 Chevrolet Spark, test drive outside Detroit, July 2016

2017 Chevrolet Spark first drive

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is both the smallest and the least expensive car sold by Chevy in North America. The Korean-made hatchback minicar isn't among the brand's top... read more August 26, 2016 by

Traffic at the I-10 & I-405 interchange in Los Angeles, California (by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)

Gas is cheap; U.S. drivers use it to log more miles than ever

With the summer travel season more than halfway over and gas prices still quite low, U.S drivers have already logged a record-breaking number of miles traveled. The nation's... read more August 25, 2016 by

U.S. Capitol Building

Carmakers asked to extend CAFE comment period; EPA said no

It's probably the battle that will do most to determine the carbon emission from new U.S. vehicles over the next decade. Automakers want to modify, delay, or extend the... read more August 24, 2016 by

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Will CAFE standards have to be relaxed starting in 2021?

Last month, regulators released a "Technical Assessment Report" on how well automakers have done thus far in meeting Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. The... read more August 24, 2016 by

2016 Holden Commodore SV6 Black Edition

Australia's AAA will test emissions of top 30 cars; government won't, it says (VW diesel update)

The Volkswagen diesel scandal has placed greater scrutiny on laboratory emissions testing of new cars pretty much around the world. Over the year since the news of VW's use... read more August 23, 2016 by

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Automaker lobbyist group predicts doom, gloom over CAFE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and auto-industry lobbyists are now sparring over the future of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2022-2025... read more August 22, 2016 by

2017 Audi A4 Ultra

2017 Audi A4 Ultra: 31-mpg version of luxury sedan

Audi offers efficiency-focused "Ultra" versions of several of its models in Europe that are designed to achieve maximum fuel economy with conventional internal-combustion... read more August 19, 2016 by

2016 Chevrolet Camaro’s exhaust tips

Transport is now biggest part of U.S. carbon emissions, first time in 40 years

Transportation is a major contributor to carbon emissions, but historically it has not been the largest source. However, that has apparently changed. Transportation-related... read more August 18, 2016 by


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