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First the wagons went away; are family sedans next to vanish?

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 in the North American car market. Will the SUV onslaught stop there, or will it claim another victim? DON'T MISS: Gas is... read more

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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


 
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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


 
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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


 
Gas pump

What's making cars bigger? Gas-mileage rules may be, say analysts

When it comes to increasing fuel economy, cutting weight is a good place to start. But even with stricter fuel-economy standards pending, new cars are getting bigger. The... read more August 17, 2016 by


 
Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept, 2016 Beijing Auto Show

Infiniti plans VC-T engine with variable compression ratio

While significant attention is being paid to battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains, carmakers are still trying to wring more efficiency out of... read more August 17, 2016 by


 
Audi eROT electromechanical rotary damping technology

Audi regenerative shock absorber recaptures energy

Regenerative braking is commonly used in hybrids and electric cars to recover energy normally lost as heat during braking. But that isn't the only potential source of energy... read more August 15, 2016 by


 
2017 Porsche Panamera

2017 Porsche Panamera shows just how complex saving fuel has gotten

The 2017 Porsche Panamera was hardly designed to be a "green" car. While it will likely continue to be offered with an optional plug-in hybrid powertrain, the large four-door... read more August 9, 2016 by


 

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