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Ultra-Efficient VW XL1: Now An Urban Legend, Debunked By Snopes

Ultra-Efficient VW XL1: Now An Urban Legend, Debunked By Snopes

Ah, conspiracy theories and urban legends. They lure us in with the promise of dark plots and amazing events--even as our rational minds suggest they're likely not true. Now the ultra-efficient Volkswagen XL1 economy car, the highly aerodynamic two-seat diesel plug-in hybrid we drove last fall, has... read more

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2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150 Team Fights Fear Of Aluminum Toughness, Repair, Cost

Sometimes, selling a vehicle can be harder than making it. The 2015 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck is the product of a complete redesign, meant to increase both utility... read more April 11, 2014 by 


 
2015 Honda Fit, test drive around Ann Arbor, Michigan, Apr 2014

2015 Honda Fit: Quick Gas Mileage Drive Of All-New Hatchback

If you're looking for a small hatchback that delivers high gas mileage and almost unparalleled flexibility, the all-new 2015 Honda Fit should probably be at the top of your... read more April 10, 2014 by 


 
2016 Jaguar XE aluminum construction

Aluminum Vehicles Save More Energy Than It Takes To Build Them

So, you've done the right thing: You've decided your next car will be considerably more fuel-efficient than the one you drive now. That's great news. But, have you considered... read more April 10, 2014 by 


 
2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

Diesel Or Hybrid? Road & Track Says Benz Beats Prius

Car shoppers today are spoiled for choice when it comes to fuel-efficient vehicles. When else in history have we had the choice between gasoline, diesel, biofuel, natural... read more April 10, 2014 by 


 
2014 Mazda 3, Catskill Mountains, NY, Apr 2013

2014 Mazda 3: Gas Mileage Review Of Sporty Compact Hatchback

Auto writers tend to like Mazdas; they generally perform and handle well, and are far more fun to drive than the anodyne Fords, Hondas, and Toyotas that outsell them in the... read more April 7, 2014 by 


 
Gas pump

Gas-Mileage Average For March Vehicle Sales: 25.4 MPG, An All-Time High

As we say goodbye to March, the month has brought some good news: The average fuel economy of new vehicles rose to a new high. According to researchers at the University of... read more April 3, 2014 by 


 
2014 Ford Escape SE

2014 Ford Escape: Great Small SUV, Not-So-Great Gas Mileage

The previous model of Ford Escape was a popular car in the U.S. from 2001 through 2012--not only for its utility, but also for the availability of a hybrid model. At 32 mpg... read more April 3, 2014 by 


 
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Daimler Plans 3-Cylinder Engines For Future Compact Hybrids

Three-cylinder engines were popular with Japanese automakers back in the 1980s and 1990s, as a way of reducing weight and fuel consumption in smaller vehicles. Now, they're... read more April 1, 2014 by 


 
2015 Chrysler 200

2015 Chrysler 200: 36 MPG Highway Tops Fusion, Camry

With highway economy of 36 mpg, the 2015 Chrysler 200 isn't the most fuel-efficient vehicle we've written about recently, but it has an important job to do. The old model... read more March 28, 2014 by 


 
2013 Honda Civic sedan range live photos, 2012 L.A. Auto Show

CA's Favorite Cars: Honda Civic For Retail Buyers, Prius Hybrid Overall

California is different from the rest of the United States. And its vehicle mix turns out to be very different too. A simple glance at the state's rainbow of cultures and... read more March 26, 2014 by 


 
2014 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring  -  First Drive

Could Future Mazda Engines Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars?

Is it possible to make a gasoline engine so efficient that it would emit less carbon dioxide per mile than is created by generating electricity to run an electric car over... read more March 25, 2014 by 


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

It's Not Just Cars: Diesel Tractors, Construction Equipment Clean Up Emissions Too

Cars and utility vehicles are getting greener, but they're far from the only vehicles out there. To reduce the environmental impact of internal-combustion engines in a... read more March 24, 2014 by 


 
GM’s next-gen Ecotec engines

GM Releases First Details On Next-Gen Ecotec Engine Family

General Motors is stepping up its engine game. Today it released first details of a new range of three- and four-cylinder Ecotec engines from 1.0 to 1.5 liters that replace... read more March 19, 2014 by 


 
Gas mileage trip computer

Gas Mileage Displays In Cars: Accurate Or Optimistic?

How do you measure your gas mileage? Do you take mileage readings after each tank, refill to the brim, calculate how much you've used...and repeat at each fill-up? Or do you... read more March 18, 2014 by 


 
2014 MINI Cooper S

2014 MINI Cooper: Bigger, Faster, More Fuel-Efficient--And Start-Stop Too

The Mini is one of the most iconic vehicles on the roads, but the car has changed--and grown--rather a lot since its introduction in 1959. Most of that change has happened... read more March 18, 2014 by 


 
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