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Mazda's Skyactiv-G 1.3 Gets 70mpg, No Hybrid Tech Needed

Mazda's Skyactiv-G 1.3 Gets 70mpg, No Hybrid Tech Needed

The 2011 Mazda2 is already one of the most fun small cars on the market, sharing its platform with Ford's Fiesta. It's pretty economical too, but with Mazda's next generation of gasoline engine, it'll become very efficient indeed. The 1.3-liter Skyactiv-G unit soon to be found in the Mazda2 gets 30... read more

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Mazda SKYACTIV technologies

Next-Gen Mazda2 Will Return 70 MPG, Without An Electric Motor

The U.S. is just getting its first taste of the funky Mazda2, a car that has helped rewrite the rulebook on affordable hatchbacks by showing that cheap doesn’t have to... read more October 21, 2010 by 11

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... read more September 23, 2010 by 7

fuel injectors, photo by Transonic

Startup Transonic Injects Supercritical Fuel For 30% MPG Rise

The principles of the gasoline engine have chugged along for a century now without much change. The last big evolutions were variable valve timing and the switch to fuel... read more August 27, 2010 by 0

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

Special Brands for Small Turbo Engines: GM To Follow Ford?

Used to be that turbos were used in performance cars, from the Saab Turbos of the late Seventies to BMW's current range of twin-turbo sixes. These days, the little air pumps... read more April 20, 2010 by 1

2010 Ford F-150

Smaller-More-Efficient Engines II: Ford EcoBoost Effort Expands

We said it on Friday: Smaller, more efficient engines are going to be the main way we increase gas mileage in the next few years (in that case, a four-cylinder 2010 Buick... read more April 12, 2010 by 2

2010 Buick LaCrosse

Smaller-More-Efficient-Engine Example: 2010 Buick LaCrosse

Sure, hybrids and electric cars are great, but they sell in small numbers. The way most cars will meet newer, more aggressive fuel-economy rules is by making engines smaller... read more April 8, 2010 by 0

2011 Hyundai Sonata First Drive

Fuel Efficient Fours Gain Ground on V-6s, V-8s In New Cars

At December's Los Angeles Auto Show, Hyundai made a big splash by saying it would no longer offer V-6 engines in its Sonata midsize car or its Tucson compact crossover... read more March 16, 2010 by 0

2011 Ford Focus

2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Ford Focus

Coming off the successful launch of its 2011 Ford Fiesta subcompact at last month's Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford is following up with its even more important 2012 Ford Focus... read more January 10, 2010 by 0

2010 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai: No More V6s For Midsize Cars or Compact Crossovers

One of the standouts among the global carmakers at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show was Hyundai. The Korean company has seen its market share rise from 3 to 4 percent during a... read more December 4, 2009 by 0

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Compact Car Launch Delayed Til Next Fall

As U.S. carmakers get serious about building world-class compact cars, one of the most eagerly awaited entries is the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, which will face off against a... read more October 29, 2009 by 5

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OMG: Gas Mileage Is More Important Than Cupholders, Say Buyers

Car sales may have plunged to their lowest per-capita level in decades, but for the green-minded among us, there's some good news: Fuel economy is now more important to car... read more October 15, 2009 by 1

2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible

Will the 2011 Ford Mustang Get An EcoBoost Engine Too?

We always enjoy talking cars with the opinionated Alex Nunez from Autoblog, most recently last week when we both appeared on's Fox Car Report with dapper host... read more October 14, 2009 by 6

Mahle three-cylinder, 1.2-liter engine develops 193 horsepower

Big Mileage Gains From Really, Really Small Engines

We keep saying that one of the ways all cars will get greener and more efficient is for their engines to get smaller and work harder. One of the first production examples of... read more August 10, 2009 by 3

gas pump

Surprise: Heavier, More Powerful Cars Get Worse Gas Mileage

Here at, we read a lot. And increasingly, our friends send us stuff they think we'd be interested in. Which is how we came across an abstract of a study... read more July 21, 2009 by 3

2010 Lincoln MKS with EcoBoost

Five Questions To Ask About Those DoE Advanced-Tech Loans

On Tuesday, we covered the news that Ford, Nissan, and Tesla had been granted a total of $8 billion in low-interest loans by the US Department of Energy to retool for... read more June 26, 2009 by 0



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