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  • 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, Belle Isle reveal

    Muscle-car fans pretty much set the Internet on fire this weekend as news and photos of the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro coupe emerged. The second generation of the reanimated Camaro pony car has tauter styling, more power, and less weight. All of that adds up to a car with tauter handling that should prove a formidable competitor to last year's all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. DON'T MISS: How A Chevy Camaro Gets Greener: Student Competition In EcoCar 3 But Chevrolet has also made the 2016 Camaro more fuel efficient, prodded by ever-rising corporate average fuel economy standards. Its base...

  • 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost
    2015 Ford Mustang With EcoBoost Four Recalled For Fuel-System Fix

    The 2015 Ford Mustang not only includes V-6 and V-8 models, per longstanding tradition, but also a new turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost version. Now, the first four-cylinder Mustang in more than 20 years is being recalled to inspect and fix a possible issue with its fuel system. DON'T MISS: 2015...

  • 2015 Ford Fusion
    2015 Ford Fusion: Smaller EcoBoost Engine, Manual Gearbox Gone

    Time was when mid-size sedans routinely came with V-6 engines of 3.0 to 3.6 liters. But these days, those are rare and expensive high-end options--if they're even offered at all. The 2015 Ford Fusion sedan now has a simplified lineup of engines, and all of them continue to have just four...

  • 2015 Chevrolet Impala
    2015 Chevrolet Impala Gets Start-Stop, But Hybrid 'Eco' Gone

    New information on updates for 2015 to the Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan range note that a start-stop system will be fitted to the four-cylinder model as standard equipment. So the 2015 Chevy Impala LS model with the base 196-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder will now switch off its engine when...

  • New GM Ecotec engines introduced for 2015 cars
    GM's New 3- And 4-Cylinder Engines Face Off Against Ford, VW

    Yesterday's announcement by General Motors that it would launch a new line of three- and four-cylinder Ecotec engines for better fuel economy was short on some details. Notably, the carmaker only gave two examples of future cars they would power--and even declined to identify the three existing...

  • GM’s next-gen Ecotec engines
    GM Releases First Details On Next-Gen Ecotec Engine Family

    General Motors is stepping up its engine game. Today it released first details of a new range of three- and four-cylinder Ecotec engines from 1.0 to 1.5 liters that replace no fewer than three separate engine families globally. GM had already shown one variant, a new turbocharged 1.0-liter...

  • 2015 Ford Mustang

    You may or may not be aware that the new 2015 Ford Mustang has now officially been unveiled. Perhaps you saw it this morning on Good Morning America, or came across some of the other coverage that's emerged over the last couple of days. MORE: 2015 Ford Mustang Preview: Official Photos And Video The entirely restyled Mustang is sleeker, crisper, and more modern than the outgoing model, which dated back to a car launched for 2005. Beside the new sheetmetal and redesigned interior, there are two pieces of news: The Mustang now, for the first time in 50 years, has independent rear suspension--and...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Impala, test drive in Hell, Michigan
    2014 Chevrolet Impala 2.5-Liter Four-Cylinder: Quick Drive

    The new 2014 Chevrolet Impala is a big five-passenger family sedan, the largest one Chevy sells. While it was launched earlier this year with a 303-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine, it can now also be ordered with a 196-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine that produces 186 lb-ft of torque...

  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT, Chicago Auto Show, Feb 2012
    2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe, GT: 40MPG Highway, Less Than $20k

    Earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai announced the expansion of its highly-popular Elantra line by announcing two new models for 2013. Now we know that both cars -- the 2013 Elantra Coupe and 2013 Elantra GT Five-door hatchback -- will go on sale for less than $20,000. Powered by the...

  • 2014 Jaguar F-Type teaser
    Jaguar Joins Downsized Engine Parade With Very Familiar Four

    Writing about the latest carmaker plans to add smaller, more efficient engines is now almost a weekly occurrence. Today's lucky winner is Jaguar, which took the occasion of the Beijing Auto Show to announce some future powertrain plans--including its first production four-cylinder engine since the...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, road test, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2011
    2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT 1.8-Liter Hatchback: Drive Report

    It's autumn, so what better way to highlight the changing leaves than a tomato-soup red Chevy Sonic subcompact? Three weeks ago, we drove our first new Sonic: a high-end 2012 Sonic LTZ sedan with the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. We liked the little turbo, and found the sedan roomy and comfortable...

  • GM Renaissance Center American flag
    American Exceptionalism: 2.4-Liter Four Is Only 'Tiny' In U.S.

    There's been a fair amount of commentary in politics of late about "American exceptionalism," the notion that the U.S. is qualitatively different from any other country in the world. It is occasionally interpreted to mean "We're the best, damnit, and if you don't say that a whole lot on the...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 250, Maine, September 2011

    The onslaught of four-cylinder engines into vehicles that previously wouldn't have had anything lower than six cylinders continues. It's in the service of gas mileage, and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 250--with a 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four putting out 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque--is rated at 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, giving it a combined rating of 25 mpg. That's a useful boost over the 228-hp 3.0-liter V-6 in last year's base C-Class model, the C 300, which was rated at 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. Mercedes-Benz expects 40 to 45 percent...

  • 2012 Volvo XC60
    Volvo Downsizes Engines, Continues Drive Towards Greener Cars

    Volvo isn’t the largest automaker in the world -- but it is one of the safest thanks to a long-standing passion about passenger and pedestrian safety dating back to when the company was founed nearly 85 years ago. But recently Volvo has developed a new passion to put alongside its aim to have...

  • 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe official spy shots
    2012 MINI Cooper Coupe: Lots Of Fun In A Small Package

    The MINI family is set to expand with two new editions set to debut over the next six to twelve months; the production versions of the MINI Coupe and Roadster concepts first unveiled back in 2009. The first of these will be the new 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe, which has been previewed today in these...

  • 2012 Kia Rio
    2012 Kia Rio Brings Start-Stop, 40 MPG: NY Auto Show

    Kia has redesigned its popular Rio small car for 2012, offering buyers more space, more power and up to 40 mpg fuel economy on the highway. The vehicle made its U.S. debut this past week at the 2011 New York Auto Show and is set to go on sale this fall in both sedan and five-door hatchback...

  • 2012 Hyundai Accent
    2012 Hyundai Accent: 40 MPG For $12,445

    The brand new 2012 Hyundai Accent isn’t set to go on sale until summer but the car made its official U.S. debut this past week at the 2011 New York Auto Show so we now have all the juicy details--the juiciest being its 40 mpg fuel economy for just $12,445. If you’re confused as to how...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
    Buyers Seeking Better Gas Mileage Flock To Four-Cylinders In Droves

    While many Americans may still scoff at the idea of driving a reasonably sized car with an engine not much bigger than that found on a motorbike, sales numbers are showing that the tide is starting to turn and this archaic negative perception towards smaller engines may soon alleviate altogether...

  • BMW TwinPower Turbo engine

    Automakers all over the world are adapting their engine strategies to the need for higher fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions. From mass-market to high-end luxury, engines are getting smaller and more efficient, using direct injection and turbocharging to wring higher power from lower displacement. The latest maker to unveil new engines is BMW, which took the wraps off its brand new four-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology earlier this month. Thanks to its 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque output, it provides comparable performance to the automaker’s...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Half of Sales To Be High-MPG Fours

    Mercedes-Benz likes to launch technologies and lead trends, but sometimes they follow along with the crowd. In this case, Hyundai's doing it. Chevy's doing it. Chrysler's going to do it. Even Porsche will be doing it. And now Mercedes-Benz has joined the gang: The luxury carmaker too will fit a...

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    Toyota Hops On the Direct Injection And Turbocharging Bandwagon

    Toyota is the latest automaker to announce it’s headed down the downsized engine path as it strives for improved fuel economy, following the likes of Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai, all of which have announced similar plans in the recent past. Toyota has long been the champion of hybrid...

  • Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid
    Small, Powerful Engines: Four-Cylinder Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    We talk quite a lot about how global regulations aimed at improving fuel efficiency and reducing carbon emissions will lead to much smaller, more powerful engines. Latest case in point? Would you believe a four-cylinder Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Just to be clear, this is the big Benz. The one beloved...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
    The Magic Numbers In New Compact Cars: 40 MPG From 1.4 Liters

    To achieve ambitious 2016 Federal fuel-economy goals, carmakers are working hard to make their engines smaller and more efficient. That's not news. But it's increasingly looking like we'll have a new target for compact cars over the next few years: a rating of 40 miles per gallon highway, from an...

  • Third-generation Subaru four-cylinder boxer engine
    Subaru Unveils More Efficient Four-Cylinder Boxer Engine

    Subaru is sticking to its almost trademark horizontally opposed or ‘boxer’ engine for its future lineup of cars, improving on the design, making it more refined and fuel efficient with each generation. The third and latest generation of the engine--the first major redesign in 21...

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