Fuel Efficiency

Cutting carbon, meeting real-life emission tests, new electric cars to hurt profits, VW says

Cutting carbon, meeting real-life emission tests, new electric cars to hurt profits, VW says

Well, that's awkward. At its annual media briefing on Wednesday, Volkswagen Group executives said the costs of meeting new emission tests in the EU, lowering carbon emissions globally, and launching multiple new electric models would eat into the company's profits. With the company's diesels in... read more

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2018 Lexus RX L, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

Lexus lowers hybrid prices to reduce premium over gasoline substantially

Gas is cheap in the U.S. and has been for years. Hybrids are no longer a cutting-edge or cool technology; they're just another powertrain. The result is that hybrids have... read more February 26, 2018 by

2010 Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius recall in 2014 failed to fix problem, lawsuit says, may have cut mileage

Early in 2014, Toyota filed a voluntary recall notice with the NHTSA to fix a defect in roughly 800,000 third-generation Prius Liftback hybrids sold in the U.S. from 2010... read more February 25, 2018 by

2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel

Porsche kills off its diesels, because customers no longer want them

Of the three brands caught up in the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal in the U.S., Porsche was by far the least affected. It had sold only one diesel model, a version of... read more February 20, 2018 by

2013 Ram 1500  -  engine start-stop system

Start-stop systems on U.S. light trucks doubled to one in five in a single year

Electric cars may be all the rage, but for now, all but a tiny fraction of the 250 million vehicles on U.S. roads burn gasoline or diesel fuel. One of the ways that new... read more February 20, 2018 by

Chrome exhaust pipe

California, allies ready for emission-law war with Trump EPA, CARB head says

With the release of proposed new and lower fuel-economy rules expected from the NHTSA by March 30, many eyes have turned to the powerful California Air Resources Board. The... read more February 15, 2018 by

Gas pump

NHTSA could cite safety of heavier cars in slashing CAFE rules: reports

It's been clear that under the Trump administration, the NHTSA and EPA plan to roll back linked fuel-economy rules and emission limits on new vehicles. Now a possible... read more February 14, 2018 by

2016 Toyota Prius - first drive, Laguna Niguel, CA, Nov 2015

Toyota Prius hybrid sales have tanked: here are 4 reasons why

The Toyota Prius hybrid has been its maker's "halo car" and an example of its most advanced technology for two decades. Launched from an early-1990s project to halve the fuel... read more February 9, 2018 by

2018 Hyundai Elantra

Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for February 2018

With gasoline cheap and buyers continuing to shun passenger cars for crossovers and trucks, there are bargains to be had in fuel-efficient and electrified vehicles. This... read more February 9, 2018 by

2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon gets "EcoBlue" diesel option, no hybrid so far

The last time Ford released a new hybrid or plug-in electric model was for the 2013 model year, and that's a long time ago in electric-car years. Detroit's second-largest... read more February 8, 2018 by

2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

New Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback to spawn CLA sedan, EQA electric car

The Mercedes-Benz CLA compact sedan made a big splash when it first arrived as a 2014 model, complete with a much-discussed Super Bowl ad spot the previous year. The small... read more February 5, 2018 by

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid winter gas mileage review

Nearly a year ago, we published a gas-mileage review on the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, the South Korean brand's Toyota Prius challenger. We saw 49.5 miles per gallon over 565... read more February 4, 2018 by

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Edition

What percent of US full-size pickup trucks will plug in by 2025? Twitter poll results

If the U.S. is serious about reducing carbon emissions from road vehicles—under the current administration, the jury remains out—pickup trucks are key. More than... read more January 30, 2018 by

Frame from Sierra Club video, 'Tell Ford to Put Clean Cars in the Fast Lane,' Jan 2018

Ford Model T: what was its fuel economy, really?

In a recent video posted to YouTube, environmental advocacy group The Sierra Club dialed up production values to call out Ford's lobbying efforts to roll back fuel-economy... read more January 26, 2018 by

Frame from Sierra Club video, 'Tell Ford to Put Clean Cars in the Fast Lane,' Jan 2018

Ford CAFE rollback efforts, countering sustainability claims, slammed in Sierra Club video

The production values are high and the message is clear in a video released Tuesday by The Sierra Club. The environmental advocacy group 's goal is simple: highlight the... read more January 24, 2018 by

Ram 1500 Plug-In Hybrid pickup truck and Chrysler Town & Country plug-in hybrid minivan, April 2012

What green tech best suits pickup trucks in 2030? Twitter poll results

U.S. car buyers have increasingly ignored passenger sedans and hatchbacks and replaced them with utility vehicles of various sorts, and that's a trend that shows no sign of... read more January 24, 2018 by



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