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    ETC: Say hello to the first US-legal 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R
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    Even before the 2015 Nissan GT-R and GT-R Nismo arrive to rewrite the handbook on Nissan's halo car, here we have the first 1989 R32 GT-R - the 276-horsepower coupe that started it all - to be officially and legally imported under the 25-year exemption. We don't have any information on it beyond ...

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    Official: EPA says average MPG of new cars sold in 2012 hit record
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    The US Environmental Protection Agency has released its annual report for fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions trends, and it shows that 2012 was a banner year for both with average fuel economy of 23.6 miles per gallon and average CO2 emissions of 376 grams per mile – both all-time ...

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    Report: Supreme Court will hear case challenging EPA emissions rules
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    The Supreme Court will be offering up its thoughts on emissions, as the highest court in the land will hear a challenge to greenhouse gas regulations that were instituted by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2007. The New York Times refers to the case being heard by SCOTUS as "a sequel" to ...

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    Report: EPA set to release results of vehicle mpg audits
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    The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing a public report that will detail industry-wide audits of automaker fuel economy claims. Automotive News is reporting that the EPA ran tests on 20 or more car and truck models this year, with the goal of testing the veracity of OEM claims regarding ...

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    Report: EPA chides automakers' fuel economy test drivers for being 'too good'
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    The gap between the estimated fuel economy demonstrated on a car's window sticker, and that which is achieved while driving in the real world, has always existed. Further, there has always been a difference between the mile-per-gallon numbers submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency by ...

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    Report: EPA says fuel economy test for hybrids is accurate
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    The EPA says it stands behind its fuel economy test for hybrid vehicles following controversy about the testing process after Ford C-Max Hybrid customers and automotive journalists alike struggled to achieve 47 miles per gallon, the advertised mpg number, Automotive News reports. Ford responded ...

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    Official: 2014 Mazda3 2.0L Hatchback officially rated at 40 mpg highway
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    The Environmental Protection Agency has spoken, and these are the miles per gallon numbers it has officially bestowed on the 2014 five-door Mazda3 hatchback with the SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter engine: 29 city, 40 highway, 33 combined when fitted with the six-speed manual; 30 city, 40 highway and 33 ...

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    Report: SCOTUS rebuffs automakers, refuses to block 15% ethanol sales
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    The US Supreme Court has effectively rejected an effort to block sales of gasoline blended with 15-percent ethanol content (E15), refusing to hear a lawsuit and leaving in place an earlier ruling by a federal appeals court that confirms the fuel is legal to sell. The attempt to block E15 sales ...

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    Report: CARB chairman chides automakers for petition against EV mandates
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    Automakers aren't happy about a California mandate that requires manufacturers to sell 1.4 million electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles by 2025. As such, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers have filed a petition with the Environmental ...

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    Report: Could CAFE result in an eBay-style online auction house for credits?
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    Automakers may turn to an online auction system to buy and sell carbon credits in the near future. As Automotive News reports, the Environmental Protection Agency will soon stop allowing automakers to simply pay fines for exceeding their carbon emission limits and will instead move to a carbon ...

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    Official: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel gets 46 mpg
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    General Motors has announced the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will return 46 miles per gallon highway based on Environmental Protection Agency estimates, besting original projections by some 4 mpg. As GM points out, the figure is better than "any non-hybrid passenger car in America," including the ...

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    Review: 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
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    Your Mileage May Vary As difficult as it is to write this, I was actually excited about the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid. With the beautiful looks of the newest midsize fighter from Ford and a fuel economy estimate capable of shaming even the stalwart Camry Hybrid, the battery-augmented four-door ...

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    Report: Obama picks new leaders for Dept. of Energy and EPA
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    President Barack Obama announced his nominees to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy today. After speaking out about global warming in both his Inaugural Address and State of the Union speech this year, the President hopes that the new appointees will help lead ...

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    Report: EPA says it will more closely monitor fuel economy claims from automakers
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    The unintended acceleration brouhaha at Toyota led to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration tightening the vise on recall procedures. Likewise, the fuel economy kerfuffle that blew up with Hyundai and Kia's admission of overstated fuel mileage claims could lead to the ...

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    Exclusive: Hyundai, Los Angeles Times and Consumer Reports in fuel economy skirmish?
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    On Wednesday, Consumer Reports issued a story taking umbrage with the auto industry's move toward smaller, turbocharged engines, noting its own testing revealed that many such powerplants fail to deliver their promised fuel economy numbers. The story covered a variety of domestic and foreign ...

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    Official: Ford Fusion Energi boasts 620-mile total range, 21 in EV mode
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    The Ford Fusion Energi, the automaker's second production plug-in hybrid after the Ford C-Max Energi, officially boasts a range of 620 miles between fuel stops when calculated with EPA-rated figures (108 miles per gallon equivalent in the city, 92 MPGe highway and 100 MPGe combined). Of that ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #313
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    Infiniti model names, new GM trucks, Ford work vans, Hyundai ratted out on economy, Ward's 10 Best Engines Episode #313 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Jeff Ross talk about Infiniti's confusing model name re-jiggering, the 2014 General Motors pickups, ...

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    Report: Did a US automaker blow the whistle on Hyundai, Kia fuel economy issue?
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    In all of the most hotly contested mainstream segments of the motoring universe, the difference of one mile per gallon averaged on a widow sticker can mean the difference between a sale and a walk-off – to say nothing of two or three mpg. So, when Hyundai and Kia were forced to reveal that ...

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    Report: EPA to investigate Ford C-Max, Fusion fuel economy
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    The Environmental Protection Agency has said it "will look at the report and data" from Consumer Reports indicating that the 2013 Ford C-Max and Fusion hybrids don't come close to achieving their fuel economy estimates of 47 miles per gallon. In CR testing, the C-Max Hybrid averaged 37 mpg; the ...

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    AAA calls on US government to suspend E15 gasoline sales
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    AAA has released a statement urging government regulators to postpone the sale of E15 gasoline until more consumers can be educated on the fuel. According to the organization, 95 percent of drivers polled have never heard of the fuel, which is a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent ...

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