Fuel Efficiency

 
Battle over CAFE standards begins now: will they change for 2022-2025?

Battle over CAFE standards begins now: will they change for 2022-2025?

Two weeks ago today, three federal and state agencies jointly released a "Technical Assessment Report" on how well automakers have done thus far in meeting corporate average fuel economy standards. It concluded that car companies may not quite reach the theoretical goal of an average 54.5 mpg (or... read more

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2017 Peugeot 3008

Europe plans far tighter emission caps for cars, vans after 2021: report

The current set of European Union emissions standards for cars extends to 2021, but regulators are apparently planning a new round of standards to follow. These new standards... read more July 18, 2016 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Spark, 2015 New York Auto Show

2016 Chevrolet Spark preview

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark is a slightly larger, better equipped, and more stylish version of the smallest Chevy in brand's lineup. It succeeds a model whose unexpected sales... read more July 11, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt

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

With the 2017 model year well underway, many green cars are hitting showrooms with a new year designation and perhaps some updates. But while these models may be brand new... read more July 11, 2016 by


 
2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco road trip, May 2016 - Maryland's welcome center wins "Most Scenic' award

2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco gas mileage road-trip report

Road trips are an integral part of the American myth, with writers from de Toqueville to Jack Kerouac setting out to experience the variety and beauty of the huge country... read more July 8, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Few green cars up for North American Car & Truck of the Year awards

Every year, a panel of U.S. and Canadian automotive journalists hands out the National American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards at the Detroit Auto Show. But the... read more July 7, 2016 by


 
2015 Peugeot 308 GTI

Peugeot admits real-world gas mileage is far lower than ratings

PSA Peugeot Citroën has become the first carmaker to admit that its published fuel-economy ratings simply do not match up with reality. The announcement comes in the... read more July 7, 2016 by


 
Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)

Paris weekday ban on pre-1997 cars takes effect, historic cars excepted

Beginning this week, drivers will not be able to take older cars into the center of Paris on weekdays. The ban encompasses most cars made before 1997 and motorcycles made... read more July 5, 2016 by


 
Elio E1A test vehicle, June 2016

Golly, Elio Motors has built ... a car! One test car, in fact

Increasingly sophisticated computer modeling software has cut the number of prototypes and test cars that carmakers build. But they must still make dozens of vehicles that... read more July 1, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SR in upstate New York, April 2016

2016 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SR CVT gas mileage review

The Nissan Sentra compact sedan has been with us since the 2013 model year, but it received a number of updates and new features this year. Nissan's goal was to keep the... read more June 30, 2016 by


 
2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio

2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio prices start at under $20,000

The 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio convertible will start at $19,650 when it goes on sale in the U.S. this fall. That price—which includes a $750 destination charge—is... read more June 29, 2016 by


 
2016 Hyundai Tucson, IIHS small front overlap crash test

Some small SUVs may stint front passengers on safety: IIHS

In a recent test of small crossover-utility vehicles, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that front-seat passengers may not be as well protected as... read more June 23, 2016 by


 
Gas pump

Gas mileage ratings for some 2017 cars to fall as EPA tweaks tests

The steady rise of corporate average fuel economy rules through 2025 puts increasing pressure on manufacturers to boost the gas mileage of all vehicles. Lately, carmakers are... read more June 20, 2016 by


 
2017 BMW 7-Series

Diesel BMW 7-Series won't be sold in U.S., company confirms

For U.S. buyers who want diesel cars, German luxury brands have traditionally offered the widest array of model choices. But in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal... read more June 16, 2016 by


 
Screenshot from Elio Motors ad "Comfortable Seating for Two"

Elio Motors' new marketing partner is...The Onion ?!?!? Yep.

Is it possible to use political satire to sell a car? In the age of social media and viral marketing, carmakers have tried some pretty unusual stunts in order to sell their... read more June 16, 2016 by


 
Chevrolet Beat Activ

Can Chevy Spark Activ 'soft-roader' SUV-like version boost appeal?

Sometimes, all it takes to turn a car into an "SUV" is a little extra body cladding and a slightly higher ride height. Subaru has relied on this formula for years with its... read more June 13, 2016 by


 

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