Economy

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    With an evolving shift to electrified and plug-in electric cars, the changes that will bring to the auto industry are far from limited to the powertrains. The entire mass-production and vehicle assembly process the industry pioneered a century ago will require major restructuring, it appears. Electric cars require significantly fewer parts and components, while electric powertrains feature less specialization than internal-combustion engines. DON'T MISS: Electric cars necessary to protect Mercedes jobs, says labor leader What do fewer components and less specialization per automaker...

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    Why Isn't Cheap Gas Helping To Boost The U.S. Economy?

    Low gas prices aren't having the positive economic impact some had expected.

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    2013 Ford Escape: Why You Need To Look Beyond Gas Mileage

    Ford’s all-new 2013 Escape compact crossover may have only been on sale for a few months, but it is already proving a strong seller at Ford dealerships across the U.S. On paper, there’s little difference between the gas mileage figures of the entry-level 2.5-liter, four-cylinder Ford...

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    Will Lower Summer Gas Prices Boost Car Travel For Vacations?

    The numbers came in this morning, and gas prices took a sharp drop, with the national average now at just $3.50 per gallon. And they're expected to stay relatively flat through the summer, barring any surprises and geopolitical actions. That $3.50 average is s a drop of 7 cents in the last week...

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    Turbos Grow Much Faster Than Hybrids In Quest For MPG

    There's a quiet revolution going on in the auto world, one that isn't as trendy as plug-in cars or hybrids: turbocharged engines. Cheaper to build and buy than hybrid systems, they offer great gas mileage and great performance. In some cases, such as the 3-cylinder 2014 Ford Focus 1.0-liter...

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    Five Ways To Keep Your Gas Mileage Good This Winter

    It’s October, and for thousands of motorists in colder states that means only one thing: winter is on the way. But as the trees start to turn to golden reds, the winds start to blow and fall quickly turns to winter, here are five things you should do to help your car keep its gas mileage high...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

    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 - until significant steps towards high-tech materials are taken, rarely do cars lose weight from one model to the next (with a few honorable exceptions), and weight is generally acknowledged to be an enemy of performance and MPG. So how are our cars getting not only quicker and safer, but more efficient too? Join us as we explore some of the most common techniques for small mileage gains... Long gear ratios, more gears...

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    Kia Rio Ecodynamics: Forbidden Fruit At 2011 Frankfurt Show

    For fans of ultra-economical vehicles living in the United States, life just isn't fair sometimes. While the European market gets to play with dozens of high MPG turbodiesels, we're often told to make do with small capacity gasoline engines that don't come close to matching diesel, even if they're...

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    2013 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: Not Just MPG, MPH On Offer Too

    Diesels: Dirty and slow, right? Only if you've never left the 1980s. Diesel engine technology has come along in leaps and bounds over the past two decades and the best of today's diesel vehicles easily offer a compromise between performance and economy to best equivalent gasoline vehicles. General...

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    Small, Fun, High-MPG Minicars, Never Coming To The U.S.

    Life is so unfair sometimes. Car companies have been dangling the carrot of smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles in front of us for a few years now and though we've managed to grab vehicles like the MINI, Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta (and the Chevrolet Spark is on the way), we're still denied many...

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    British Cabbies Get Friendly, Join Social Network For Eco-Driving

    Take a trip to England and at some point you’re likely to sit in the back of a London taxi cab. Just as famous as its New York counterpart, the London taxi cab is known for its tight turning circle, iconic shape and the scores of native Cockney ‘cabbies’ which pilot them. But if...

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    2012 Chevy Sonic Priced From $14,495, $400 More For Hatchback

    The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is Chevy's first re-entry into the subcompact market in many years. Now, prices for the new Sonic and its various options are out, with the 2012 Sonic starting at $14,995 including delivery. That price applies to the standard Sonic four-door sedan with a 1.8-liter "Ecotec...

  • Michelin EV tire

    Customization has been a part of car ownership ever since Henry Ford told customers they could have any color “as long as it’s black.” But while lightning bolt graphics and a kick-ass sound system may be part of your electric car dream, a new set of pimped out shoes could put your cruising to a premature end. Physics 101: Rolling Resistance Before we delve into the world of custom rims, fat tires and improper inflation we need to briefly explain a term which physics uses to define the relationship between a moving object and the surface it is moving along: rolling...

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