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Why CVTs Won, Direct-Shift Gearboxes Lost Fuel-Economy Fight

Why CVTs Won, Direct-Shift Gearboxes Lost Fuel-Economy Fight

If you're reading this in North America, the vehicle sitting on your driveway probably has an automatic transmission. So do around 95 percent of other new vehicles on the U.S. market right now, though the Canadian figure is slightly lower. The numbers don't lie: Drivers just aren't buying cars with... read more

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, New York City, June 2013

2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Recall: Transmission Sensor Issue

Slightly more than 7,000 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedans from the 2013 and 2014 model years are being recalled for a potential problem that could allow the car to be shifted into... read more January 1, 2014 by 


 
MINI Vision concept car

Future MINI Models: Engine And Technology Details Released

The redesigned MINI Cooper that's expected to launch next year will have plenty of new tricks under its refreshed retro skin. MINI has released details of the retro minicar's... read more October 1, 2013 by 


 
VW logo and sign at opening of Volkswagen engine plant in Silao, Mexico

New Gas Mileage Rules Will Reshape What Americans Drive: Engines And Transmissions

Smaller, more efficient engines better matched to more complex transmissions will have some of the biggest effects in making tomorrow's cars more fuel-efficient. The 2025... read more June 18, 2013 by  13


 
2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar, New York City, Aug 2012

2014 Chevrolet Spark To Get CVT, Replacing 4-Speed Automatic

The Chevrolet Spark, the smallest Chevy sold in the U.S., will get some mechanical changes next year, according to Christi Landy, the brand's small-car marketing director... read more May 1, 2013 by  5


 
2013 Dodge Dart Limited, road test, Catskill Mountains, NY, April 2013

2013 Dodge Dart Limited: Gas-Mileage Drive Report

The 2013 Dodge Dart has gotten off to a slow start in the market, but it's a vitally important car for Chrysler. The first vehicle based on shared underpinnings from its... read more April 30, 2013 by  2


 
Lotus Evora 414E extended-range electric car prototype

Fake 'Shifting' For Electric Cars: Dumbest Idea Of The Year

Gosh, those crazy electric cars. They're so different and confusing, eh? We've now come across a new and thus-far unparalleled example of just how far people will go to avoid... read more January 17, 2013 by  45


 
2013 Dodge Dart test drive, Austin, Texas, April 2012

Fancy A 9-Speed Gearbox For Better Gas Mileage? Chrysler Does

To those who remember "three on the tree" or "four on the floor", today's seven and eight-speed automatic transmissions seem to offer a bewildering amount of gears to choose... read more July 30, 2012 by  7


 
2011 Hyundai Equus

Hyundai Developing 10-Speed Automatic For Future Luxury Cars

Engines might be getting smaller in the pursuit of saving fuel but transmissions are going the opposite direction. Over the last few years different carmakers have rapidly... read more September 29, 2011 by  0


 
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

How Does Your New Car Get Better MPG Than Your Old One?

Almost every day we hear of a shiny new car that gets a certain number of miles to the gallon, a number often greater than its predecessor. It sometimes seems like witchcraft... read more September 23, 2011 by  5


 
2012 Fiat 500C Cabrio, SoHo district, New York City

2012 Fiat 500 Cabrios, Manuals More Popular Than Projected

Launching the 2012 Fiat 500 minicar in the U.S. market was a gamble to begin with. But it's one that is paying off in some unexpected ways. Fiat's top North American... read more July 6, 2011 by  6


 
Ford Start Concept

Ford's Gas Mileage Goals Spawn 3-Cylinder Engine, New Hybrids

Smaller, more efficient engines that equal the power of larger, lazier ones are how automakers all over the world plan to raise fuel economy. Today Ford [NYSE:F] doubled down... read more June 2, 2011 by  9


 
The 2010 Toyota Prius

Lemon Law: When Green Cars Turn Yellow

When it comes to lemons, are defective green cars different than traditional all gas or diesel engine vehicles? The simple answer is, no. The statistics of manufacturing... read more September 2, 2010 by  2


 
Nissan LEAF

Do EVs Need A Passing Gear? Nissan Says Yes, Chevy Disagrees

One of the benefits of the electric vehicle experience is the near instantaneous torque at your disposal when you prod the right-hand pedal: no shifting, no "kickdown," just... read more July 13, 2010 by  5


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

2011 Nissan Leaf: Its Future Success

“No tailpipe means no emissions” is one of the many pitch lines that the Nissan Leaf has to offer. In late 2010, while rolling out the M56, M37 and the Juke, the... read more April 23, 2010 by  0


 
2011 Revenge Verde

2011 Revenge Verde: Hybrid Vaporware On Steroids

Auto shows have always been the forum for unveiling the wildest, wackiest, most over-the-top drool-worthy vehicles. The shows have been more subdued over the past two years... read more January 13, 2010 by  0


 
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