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Auto industry split over halting, changing fuel-economy rules

Auto industry split over halting, changing fuel-economy rules

Just days after the presidential election, automaker lobbyists urged Donald Trump to loosen pending emissions and fuel-economy standards. Shortly after the election, a lobbying group wrote Trump asking him to change or delay an EPA decision that kept planned emissions standards for 2022 to 2025 in... read more

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2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

VW suggests engine downsizing is done; emissions rules are the reason

When it comes to improving fuel efficiency, simply making an engine smaller is a fairly direct way to get results. It's the approach that many automakers have taken in recent... read more February 8, 2017 by


 
Gas pump

Public supports fuel-economy regulations, including Trump voters

Regardless of political persuasion, there are some issues almost everyone can agree on. One of them, for example, is likely gas prices. It's hard to imagine anyone who enjoys... read more February 1, 2017 by


 
Gas pump

Gas has to cost $3 a gallon before it affects vehicle choice, study says

Continuing low gas prices are often blamed for the current popularity of crossover utilities and SUVs, along with any sales struggles green cars may experience. But would a... read more January 18, 2017 by


 
2017 Mazda CX-5

Mazda to launch homogeneous-charge compression engine next year

The differences between gasoline and diesel engines lie not only in their fuels, but in how those fuels are ignited. Gasoline engines use spark plugs, while diesels simply... read more January 16, 2017 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

EPA finalizes emission rules through 2025; no change from existing levels

Seven days before the advent of a new presidential administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has locked in planned auto-emission standards through 2025. The... read more January 13, 2017 by


 
New Ford GT

When the 'eco' in EcoBoost is so low that gas-guzzler taxes apply

Since Ford launched its line of downsized EcoBoost engines in 2009, the "eco" part of that name has often required an asterisk. That's because some owners have found that... read more January 12, 2017 by


 
Fuel gauge

Calculated average new-car fuel economy in 3-year plateau

For nearly a decade, the average fuel economy of new cars sold in the U.S. steadily increased—but that moment has stalled in recent years. Low gas prices and increased... read more January 10, 2017 by


 
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 SE, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2016

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4: gas mileage review

The Mitsubishi Mirage is the underdog of small cars: slow, loud, and archaic, but scrappy. And it's been a much bigger sales success than Mitsubishi expected, given the small... read more January 3, 2017 by


 
Fuel gauge

Fuel-economy rules not the cause of rising auto prices: analysis

Lobbyists for big automakers, both domestic and foreign, make no secret about their desire for lower fuel-economy standards. One argument presented to support a lowering of... read more December 30, 2016 by


 
President Barack Obama sits in 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2016

Flurry of green-car rules as Obama administration departs

When it comes to regulations governing the auto industry, the Obama administration does not plan to go gentle into that good night. The outgoing administration has pushed... read more December 29, 2016 by


 
Fuel gauge

NHTSA delays penalty rise for carmakers who miss CAFE levels

Current Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require automakers to achieve a fleet average of roughly 54.5 mpg by 2025. That's actually closer to 40 mpg in the... read more December 22, 2016 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2016

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: gas mileage, electric range review

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime turned out to be a better plug-in hybrid than we had expected when we drove it around sunny Ojai, California, on the press launch in October. It's... read more December 12, 2016 by


 
GM 9-speed automatic transmission

GM debuts 9-speed automatic, offering 2-percent efficiency improvement

In order to meet stricter emissions standards, automakers are scrambling for any efficiency gain they can get in internal-combustion engines and powertrains. One of the most... read more December 6, 2016 by


 
2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid

Ford will ask Trump to cut fuel-economy rules, CEO says; 'no demand' for hybrid, electric cars

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled that existing emissions limits for passenger cars for 2022 through 2025 should remain in place. It's a decision that... read more December 5, 2016 by


 
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Carmakers howl about CAFE rules, but regularly beat them; why?

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it would maintain current Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2022 to 2025. The decision was... read more December 4, 2016 by


 

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