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    Opinion: Propane provides stunning fuel savings
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    Commercial truck and bus fleets in the United States are becoming keenly interested in running their vehicles on liquid propane (LPG), as this column reported back in March. That's because propane prices are substantially below those for gasoline or diesel, or even for compressed natural gas (CNG). ...

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    Opinion: US truck fleets turning towards CNG, LPG
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    Fleets can save well over $150,000 in fuel costs over the six-year life of a truck. The electric vehicle market is turning into a financial nightmare for many of the automakers and suppliers that invested in the technology. Hybrids only comprise three percent of total new car sales, despite ...

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    How Volkswagen is run like no other car company
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    Volkswagen is run very differently than every other automaker. Actually, its corporate structure looks more like General Motors did from 1920 to 1970. In other words, VW now looks like the GM that was once the largest and most profitable corporation in the world. VW is not in any danger of ...

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    Opinion: Manufacturing advances bring carbon fiber closer to mass production
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    There's no one single breakthrough, but rather a combination of improvements that make this possible. Automakers have dreamed of using carbon fiber in mass production for decades. But sky-high raw material prices and painfully slow manufacturing cycle times meant that dream was always more ...

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    Opinion: Hydrogen fuel cells may get a shot at batteries after all
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    What Changed DOE Secretary Steven Chu's Mind About Hydrogen Fuel Cells Natural gas now being retrieved from shale provides an enormous source of hydrogen. He'll never use the word "fracking," but thanks to that new drilling technique, the U.S. Secretary of Energy now admits he's changed ...

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    Opinion: How autonomous cars are about to change our future
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    New Technology Aims To Take Your Hands Off The Steering Wheel The biggest hurdles to autonomous cars will be legal, not technical. Most car enthusiasts hate the idea of cars that can drive themselves. But autonomous cars will get here faster than most people realize. Slowly but surely, ...

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    Opinion: Grand Theft Auto goes high-tech in the digital age
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    Modern Car Thieves Outsmart The Law By Cloning

    Car thieves are adopting depressingly creative ways to clone cars.
    When it comes to car theft, the good news is that law enforcement has become so good that theft rates have dropped for a decade. The bad news is that this is forcing car thieves to ...

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    Featured: Ford discloses more details on Lincoln's transformation
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    This is going to be a serious effort, and the early signs are encouraging.
    The Ford Motor Company is finally marshaling the resources and money to transform Lincoln into a true luxury brand again. While the company is guarded in discussing the full details of its plan, it's divulging enough for ...

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    Opinion: What if it turns out there's plenty of oil? [w/video]
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    As the relative price of gasoline drops, people are not motivated to buy small, fuel efficient cars.
    All the top executives in the auto industry tell me that oil supplies will only get tighter this decade. They predict that fuel prices will do nothing but go up. And they say customers will be ...

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    Opinion: Luxgen EV puts Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf on notice
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    A Quick Spin In A Chinese EV Raises Eyebrows And Expectations

    This little company could soon make a big splash in the automotive world.
    Whether flashing down the highway or wending my way through Taipei's notoriously chaotic rush-hour traffic, I was duly impressed by Luxgen's battery-electric ...

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    Opinion: Time to raise the speed limit, how does 150 MPH sound?
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    Ever since automobiles first appeared over 100 years ago, every automaker has tried to make them go faster. And they succeeded. Nearly every year, cars became more powerful with higher top-end speeds. But then, in the mid-1950s, we hit a plateau. The national speed limit was set at 70 miles per ...

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    Opinion: Five Questions For Ray LaHood
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    It took ten months. It involved the best brains in the nation. They conducted exhaustive tests. And Lord knows what it all cost. But when it was over, the results were totally predictable. The U.S. Department of Transportation could find nothing wrong with Toyota vehicles that would cause them to ...

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    Steel nanotechnology can reduce the weight of our cars
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    Making Stronger Steel As Light As Aluminum The world's largest steel maker, ArcelorMital, says it has come up with a new kind of steel that the world has never seen before. Thanks to nanotechnology, the company says automakers can now match the weight of aluminum cars, but do it in steel at far ...

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    How Bob Lutz made four auto journalists his "Secret Weapons" at GM
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    Can His Arsenal Survive New Management? When Bob Lutz ran General Motors' product development efforts, he did something that no other car company has done in the history of making cars. He hired four automotive journalists to assess all of GM's new vehicles before they were OK'd for production. ...

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    2011 Nissan Leaf: Pros and Cons of living with an electric car
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    Test driving an electric car at an automaker's media event is one thing. Taking one home and living with it is a completely different experience. Nissan just loaned me a Leaf for several days and I came away with a new appreciation for the potential pitfalls and rewards of owning an EV. First ...

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    Big Three Have Five Years of Prosperity Until Party Ends
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    Signs To Watch For As The Cycle Repeats Detroit's automakers are starting to beat their chests in exultation, and who can blame them? The last 16 months have been nothing short of a miracle. Who would have believed they could recover so quickly? Dial back the clock to last summer, June of ...

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    Inside Volkswagen's electronic toy store
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    Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy Nestled on the fringe of Stanford University's campus in Palo Alto, California is one of the coolest toy stores in the automotive industry. Officially it's called Volkswagen's Electronics Research Lab, and inside they're working on some of the most innovative ...

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    Fiat Eschews EV's, Chooses CNG - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    While every other major automaker in the world is pouring billions of dollars into research for electric vehicles, Fiat doesn't seem to be all that interested in electric cars. Instead, it's putting its efforts into producing cars that can run on compressed natural gas. Even more importantly, it's ...

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    Government Wants 60-MPG CAFE - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    Last year, when the federal government set Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards at roughly 35 miles per gallon by 2015, automakers squirmed uncomfortably. Though that should be an achievable target, it won't be easy. It means Americans will have to buy several million more small cars a ...

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    Car Prices Will Climb For Years - Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy
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    Have you've been watching car prices lately? They seem to go up every month. Forget everything you've been reading about sales incentives, bargain leases or low-cost financing. They just mask the fact that automakers are quietly bumping up MSRP's every chance they get. In other words, they ...

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