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    2010 Chevy Equinox expected to hit 32 mpg highway
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    2010 Chevy Equinox - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    When General Motors rolled out the new 2010 Chevy Equinox in January, they announced the new EcoTec 2.4-liter four-cylinder version equipped with direct injection was expected to get 30 mpg on EPA highway cycle. Since then, the ...

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    California to require mandatory tire-pressure checks at automotive businesses
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    Keeping your tires properly inflated is a very good idea. An under-inflated radial can increase wear while also decreasing performance and fuel economy. But if the state of California can help it, under-inflated tires may soon be a thing of the past.California has passed a new law requiring most ...

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    REPORT: CAFE fuel economy standards to rise 8% by 2011
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    The nation's Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards will swell to 27.3 miles-per-gallon by 2011. That's the word coming out of Washington, where the U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to bump the fleet fuel economy standards for the first time in more than a quarter-century.The 27.3 ...

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    Freightliner debuts RunSmart Predictive Cruise Control
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    The next step in cruise control comes courtesy of Freightliner semis and GPS data company NAVTEQ. Freightliner broadened communication between the cruise control and map data: the GPS transmits information on the road ahead up to a mile, and then the cruise control computes the best speed at which ...

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    First Drive: Sailing in Stuttgart with Porsche's Cayenne S Hybrid
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    Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid - Click above for high-res gallery
    While charging along at 85 mph with a particularly poker-faced Porsche engineer riding shotgun, traffic begins to cluster on the horizon. Not willing to risk our seven-figure prototype, I gently roll off the accelerator, at which point a ...

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    Commercial Appeal: Ford Transit Connect gets higher-than-expected EPA rating of 22/25
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the Ford Transit Connect
    Ford is making an interesting habit of giving low-ball estimates regarding the mileage of their new vehicles, only to later announce final EPA numbers that are higher by several miles per gallon. This happened with the Fusion Hybrid ...

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    New vehicle wraps claim to increase fuel economy by as much as 25%
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    Say you've got a company making plastic vehicle wraps for advertising. One day, you drive your graphic'd-up car to the golf course, and after losing three balls trying to drive across a water hazard, you get to pondering the golf ball itself. Those distinctive dimples on the surface of a golf ball ...

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    Evergreener: Long-running Ford Ranger augments safety features for 2010
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    Click on the image above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Ford Ranger
    Despite dwindling sales in a dwindling segment, Ford's Ranger refuses to pack up. For 2010, the compact pickup looks unchanged on the outside, but beneath the skin it gains some new electronic gubbins to help make it more ...

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    2010 Ford Fusion 4-banger scores best-in-class 23/34 mpg!
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    Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2010 Ford Fusion
    When we drove the thoroughly refreshed Fusion out in California after the LA Auto Show, it proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable ride. It now turns out that the Fusion is not only fun to drive, but also fuel efficient in forms other than ...

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    Bush declines to enact higher fuel-economy standards
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    Fuel efficiency. It's an issue that has seemingly fallen onto America's the back-burner for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are declining fuel prices and economy along with the auto industry's financial plight. Still, few would argue that the issue of cutting down on petroleum use is ...

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    Autogas Chevrolet Matiz Concept = LPG for the masses
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the fahgmitgas Matiz LPG Concept
    Thanks to a company called fahrmitgas ("go with gas", get it?), our European readers will soon be able to cut their fuel costs to the low, low price of €3 (about $4.20 USD) for every 100 km of driving. Of course, they'll ...

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    Chrysler's new hybrid SUVs score a 20/22 mpg from the EPA
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    Click for a high res gallery of the Aspen and Durango hybrids
    Those who have had a hard look at their needs and still come to the conclusion that a full-size SUV would fit the bill officially have a new option. The Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrids are now on sale and the EPA has determined ...

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    Electricity + gasoline = more mpg?
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    Kids, do not try this at home. Researchers at Temple University have been experimenting with what happens when an electric current is run through fuel. Big boom, right? Well, apparently not.According to a paper the Temple team has published in "Energy & Fuels", done right, a small electric ...

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    VW Jetta TDI sets Guinness World Record of 58.82 mpg
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    The VW Jetta TDI has proven to be quite popular in the short time it's been on sale here in the U.S.: it has put sales of the Tiguan in the cooler and the ones that are available are very hard to get. Now the fairest Jetta of them all has set a Guinness World Record by traversing the lower 48 U.S. ...

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    Lincoln Navigator to get fuel economy bump for 2009
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    Click above for a gallery of the 2008 Lincoln Navigator
    The window sticker on a 2008 Navigator shows a mighty low 12 mpg in the city and only 18 on the highway, so Ford went back to the drawing board to improve on that number for this year. The Blue Oval's blinged-up luxury sled boasts a fuel ...

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    Chrysler ekes out additional 2 mpg on 2009 minivans
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    With moms now actually reading EPA fuel economy figures on the window sticker before trying out the dozen cup holders found in most modern minivans, Chrysler went back to the engineering lab and knocked out a few more miles per gallon for its 2009 minivan offerings. Bragging that no other minivan ...

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    GM launches Facts and Fiction site to correct what's written on the bathroom wall
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    There's a lot of smack talk about Detroit automakers these days, and while some of it is spot on, other myths are no more credible than what's written in the men's john. General Motors is apparently tired of fielding questions surrounding this bathroom fodder and the embattled automaker is busting ...

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    Surprise! - well, not really: Insight, Prius top Consumer Reports most frugal used cars
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    If you're already stretched paper thin under the financial weight of a thirsty, expensive vehicle, getting out of it for something more fuel efficient might seem like an unattainable dream. Fear not, the smarties over at Consumer Reports have rightly pointed out that since depreciation accounts for ...

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    Nissan ECO Pedal puts pressure on lead foots
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    As if "shift lights" weren't annoying enough... Nissan's new "ECO pedal" has been engineered to encourage good fuel economy with a servo-actuated gas pedal that will push back on the driver's lead foot when on-board computers detect wasteful acceleration. According to Nissan, vehicles equipped ...

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    Cars.com creates True Mileage Index to debunk CAFE
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    In an effort to expose the underreported truth behind the government's corporate average fuel economy ratings (CAFE) and to define more accurate fuel economy estimates, the team over at Cars.com has created their own True Mileage Index. The consumer website points out the flaw behind CAFE is that ...

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