Fuel Efficiency

Carmakers must cut carbon rapidly to evolve, shareholders say

Carmakers must cut carbon rapidly to evolve, shareholders say

Stricter global emissions standards are putting significant pressure on carmakers to improve fuel efficiency and make greater use of electric powertrains. But that may not be the sole force driving automakers toward reduced carbon emissions. Cutting emissions is also a priority for at least some of... read more

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2017 Ford F-150

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... read more October 6, 2016 by

Infiniti VC-Turbo engine

Infiniti variable-compression engine: more complexity, incremental gains

To meet stricter global emissions standards, carmakers are trying to squeeze every last bit of efficiency out of internal-combustion engines. That has led Infiniti to turn to... read more October 6, 2016 by

Chris Grundler, director of EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality [photo: EPA via Flickr]

EPA's emissions sleuth: the most powerful man you've never heard of

Current Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards require U.S. automakers to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 mpg (equivalent to roughly 40 mpg on the window sticker) by 2025... read more October 5, 2016 by

U.S. Capitol Building

Michigan representative: roll fuel economy rules back to 'reasonable' level

Right now, the debate over the future of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards is in full swing. Today, they call for a fleet average of 54.5 mpg (or about 38 mpg... read more September 27, 2016 by

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Chevrolet Equinox crossover: only turbo engines, diesel optional

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox crossover utility vehicle, unveiled last night in Chicago, will have three engine options, all turbocharged. And bucking recent "death of diesel"... read more September 23, 2016 by

U.S. Postal Service Grumman "Long Life Vehicle"

USPS picks AM General to help build next-generation mail trucks

AM General, the firm best known for building Hummer H1s in both civilian and military versions, has been selected by a rather different governmental agency to help create a... read more September 23, 2016 by

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

2016 Ford Focus

Small cars leave U.S.: Ford to build next Focus in Mexico (Model E too)

They may be known as the "Detroit Three," but the biggest U.S. automakers are exporting production of small cars elsewhere. Ford confirmed yesterday that it will move... read more September 15, 2016 by

Gas pump

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

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid

Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for September 2016

It's once again time to survey the best deals on hybrid, electric, diesel, and fuel-efficient gasoline cars. With 2017 models arriving in larger numbers, carmakers and... read more September 14, 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

New Kia Rio

More details, photos of new Kia Rio to debut at Paris Motor Show

Subcompact hatchbacks and sedans may be a minor part of the U.S. market, but they're hugely important in the rest of the world. So the launch of a new generation of Kia Rio... 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


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