Fuel Efficiency

 
Even Wackier! Most bizarre green cars ever proposed, Part II

Even Wackier! Most bizarre green cars ever proposed, Part II

Last week we listed seven of the most bizarre "green" cars (and some not-so-green) of the 20th century, most of which were rolled out in response to depression, war recovery, or out-of-control gas prices. This week, we'll look at seven more from the 21st century, which seems to have had a... read more

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

EPA rates 2018 Jeep Wrangler turbo-4 gas mileage; plug-in, diesel to come later

The new 2018 Wrangler is a big deal for Jeep, and in its redesign the company didn't leave its fuel economy stuck in the mud. In addition to the fuel-swilling V-6, the new... read more May 10, 2018 by


 
Brown 2011 Volkswagen TDI Sportwagen listed for sale after emissions repairs

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen driven: Fixed, but does it matter?

The gentle rumble under the brown station wagon’s hood brings back memories of not too long ago as I sneak its 6-speed manual through the gears. So, too, the way it... read more May 7, 2018 by


 
Subaru BR-Z production in Japan

Subaru admits cheating on fuel-economy and emissions tests

Subaru released a statement confirming that workers in two of its Japanese factories falsified numbers on fuel economy and emissions tests. The factories build the Impreza... read more May 1, 2018 by


 
Shell Airflow Starship fuel economy record truck

Shell Airflow Starship semi truck aims for fuel-economy record

Trucks use an awful lot more fuel than cars. Consequently, the fuel you can save from making small improvements can be massive. That’s what Bob Sliwa aims to do when he... read more April 30, 2018 by


 
Smog over Los Angeles, courtesy Flickr user steven-buss

Draft EPA memo freezes fuel economy standards at 42 mpg through 2026

After announcing its intention last month to roll back emissions standards that require cars to get higher fuel economy, the EPA is now circulating a proposal in Washington... read more April 30, 2018 by


 
Donald Trump

Trump loses court battle to roll back automaker gas mileage fines

Automakers may complain about rising gas mileage standards, but as several have proved over the years, they don't always have to meet them. Another strategy, employed... read more April 24, 2018 by


 
2019 Jeep Cherokee Overland, Hudson Valley, NY, Mar 2018

2019 Jeep Cherokee gas mileage review

While plug-in electric cars are steadily growing in sales, they still pale in comparison to the hundreds of thousands of compact crossover utility vehicles sold each year by... read more April 16, 2018 by


 
Gas pump

Carmakers want emission, CAFE tweaks, not huge rollbacks, but won't say so publicly

As promised, the Trump administration has embarked on regulatory rollbacks across many fronts, some immediate and others taking longer. It remains unclear whether the EPA's... read more April 16, 2018 by


 
Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington

Possible retrofits in Germany for dirtiest diesels could cost carmakers more

These are not good times for the makers or owners of diesel cars, particularly in their European stronghold, where on average half of all new vehicles had been sold with... read more April 13, 2018 by


 
2018 Chevrolet Impala

More sedan, smaller, entry models bite the dust in Detroit

Two years ago this month, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles essentially threw in the towel on the "automobiles" part of its name. Canceling the compact Dodge Dart and the mid-size... read more April 11, 2018 by


 
Gas pump

EPA does not set fuel-economy limits: get this right, journalists!

Journalism as an industry is under great pressure these days. There are far more people writing "content" than in past decades, and in general they are having to produce more... read more April 10, 2018 by


 
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]

Pruitt's EPA emission rollback reasoning may well fail in court

Despite the sturm und drang around the announcement by embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt that he will relax emission limits for 2022 through 2025 vehicles, not much will... read more April 9, 2018 by


 
Flooded Car

Pruitt's EPA decision: 38-page intention vs 1,217 pages of analysis

While the name of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is often preceded by "embattled" these days, his agency is now on record as rejecting its own recommendation of just 16... read more April 6, 2018 by


 
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 outside the Detroit auto show

Why trucks aren't a CAFE problem for carmakers, despite their lobbying claims

In response to automaker lobbying, the EPA plans to start the process of rolling back emission standards passed under the Obama Administration. Automakers claimed the... read more April 5, 2018 by


 
2018 Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 diesel: engine still MIA in compact crossover utility vehicle

It's the mystery model, the all-but-legendary vehicle still just beyond reach, years after its maker first announced plans to offer diesel engines. Specifically, it's the... read more April 4, 2018 by


 

 
 

 
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