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

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 on window stickers) by 2025 for vehicles sold in the U.S. But many within the auto industry—and those sympathetic to... read more

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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


 
2014 BMW i3 REx, scenic New Jersey, Apr 2015  [photo by owner Tom Moloughney]

The '1,000-MPG' BMW i3: 56,000 miles on 50 gallons of gas

The few available range-extended electric car models give drivers added flexibility by using gasoline engines as onboard backup generators. But using the range extender too... 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


 
Gas pump

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


 
2017 Honda Fit

2017 Honda Fit priced, unchanged

The 2017 Honda Fit hatchback went on sale in the U.S. last week with only minor changes. Pricing starts at $16,825 (including destination) for a base LX model with a... read more August 23, 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


 
Gas pump

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


 
Harley-Davidson Street 750 by Alvin Dharmawan

Why motorcycles may not be greener than cars: missing emission gear

When looking for green transportation, does it make sense to opt for two wheels instead of four? Motorcycles weigh significantly less than cars, and generally have smaller... read more August 18, 2016 by


 

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