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Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Pickups To Get 8-Speed Automatic To Boost MPG

Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Pickups To Get 8-Speed Automatic To Boost MPG

One of the factors making higher gas mileage possible across pretty much any vehicle on sale these days is multispeed transmissions. At the dawn of this century, four-speed automatics were the standard; now it's six speeds--and eight-speed automatics are coming on strong. Future models of the... read more

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Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

Will California Pioneer A World Beyond Cars This Century?

It's almost inconceivable, the idea of a world without personally-owned automobiles. But that's the startling vision proposed by noted researcher Tom Turrentine and... read more August 26, 2014 by 


 
2015 Ford Fiesta

Ford EcoBoost High-Efficiency Turbo Engines: Ultimate Guide

If you've spent any time looking at Fords recently, one word won't have escaped your attention: EcoBoost. EcoBoost is Ford-speak for a downsized, turbocharged gasoline engine... read more August 26, 2014 by 


 
Elio Motors 84 mpg 3-wheeler [Image: Elio Motors]

A Brief History Of Three-Wheeled Cars

What do the Elio, Aptera, Toyota i-Road concept and the spectacularly awful Zap Xebra have in common? They--and many more small-volume economical vehicles and concepts... read more August 22, 2014 by 


 
2015 Ford Mustang GT

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Gas Mileage: 26 MPG Combined: UPDATE

The 2015 Ford Mustang has attracted plenty of attention for its 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine--and not all of it positive. Fans of chest-thumping V-8s... read more August 21, 2014 by 


 
2015 Lincoln Navigator

Next Lincoln Navigator Likely To Get Aluminum Body For MPG Gains

The Ford F-150 pickup might be one of America's best-selling vehicles, but the move to build the 2015 model from aluminum has required significant investment from Ford. To... read more August 20, 2014 by 


 
2015 Audi A8 L W12 Exclusive Concept

Audi Patent Reveals Plan For Four-Cylinder Engine As Smooth As Six Or V-8

There's a reason people like big, multi-cylinder engines and it isn't just about the noise they make or how much power they produce. It's also to do with smoothness. And it's... read more August 18, 2014 by 


 
Honda Brio minicar

Could Honda's Future 1.0-Liter Be World's Most Efficient Engine?

The last time Honda made a 1.0-liter gasoline engine, it broke new records for fuel efficiency. Found under the hood of the original Insight hybrid, it still has the highest... read more August 18, 2014 by 


 
Smart Fortwo drag racing ad

Smart Electric Drive Ad: Where Winning Drag Races Really Counts

Whatever you think of the diminutive city cars produced by Daimler's Smart brand, the company certainly has a talent for marketing. The latest ad from Smart Canada has the... read more August 15, 2014 by 


 
Polaris Slingshot

Polaris Slingshot: Is A 173-HP, $20K '3-Wheeled Motorcycle' A Car?

Three wheeled vehicles get a lot of attention from hardcore fans of performance cars. They also get plenty of attention from hardcore fans of green vehicles--as they share... read more August 14, 2014 by 


 
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Why 707-HP Dodge Challenger Hellcat Doesn't Conflict With Green Goals

Automotive sites with readers whose tastes tend toward sports and performance cars have been having a field day with the upcoming 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. This... read more August 13, 2014 by 


 
2016 Jaguar XE prototype with clear bodywork

Upcoming Jaguar XE Sedan: Mostly Aluminum For Fuel Efficiency With Luxury

Jaguars haven't exactly been known for good fuel economy, but that could change with the British carmaker's newest and smallest sedan. The upcoming 2016 Jaguar XE could set... read more August 13, 2014 by 


 
Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)

UberPool, Lyft Line Carpool Apps: More People, Same Number Of Cars?

What if you could reduce the number of vehicles on the road by using each one more efficiently? By allowing travelers to rent individual rides, ridesharing services like Uber... read more August 11, 2014 by 


 
Mazda Hazumi concept

Mazda CX-3 Subcompact Crossover 'Not That Far Away'

Mazda is set to field a competitor to cars like the Nissan Juke, Jeep Renegade and Buick Encore by 2016. Likely dubbed 'CX-3', the subcompact crossover would slot in under... read more August 11, 2014 by 


 
2015 Buick Encore

Sure, SUVs Are Back--But They're Not Your Father's SUVs

Bad news for green-car fans: SUVs are back, and sales are stronger than ever. Good news: They're not the same old SUVs. Don't resign yourself to a hermetically-sealed... read more August 8, 2014 by 


 
2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited, test drive, Hudson Valley, NY, Aug 2014

2015 Hyundai Sonata: Gas Mileage Review Of New Mid-Size Sedan

The last Hyundai Sonata was a striking stylistic departure from usually bland mid-size sedan styling. The new one, not quite so much: To our eyes, there's very little aside... read more August 7, 2014 by 


 
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