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    Official: First-ever heavy-duty truck efficiency standards announced, will save a month's worth of oil
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    If you're not sure why today's announcement from the Obama Administration about the first-ever fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses is important, read this. Okay, now that we're all on the same page, let's take a look at the new standards. These aren't specific MPG targets like ...

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    Study: Auto engineers skeptical of meeting 2025 CAFE targets... are you?
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    Most automakers have come out to support the new 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy target of 54.5 miles per gallon. Engineers, however, aren't so sure we're ready to hit that number. Despite a stamp of approval from the Union of Concerned Scientists, the folks that design and build the actual ...

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    Official: 2025 CAFE target set at 54.5 mpg; everyone's apparently happy with that
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    Following the official announcement this morning that the new 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard would be set at 54.5 miles per gallon, our email box overflowed with something we rarely see: near-unanimous support. Everyone from the automakers to the Union of Concerned Scientists, from ...

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    Report: White House lowers 2025 CAFE target to 54.5 mpg
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    What's the difference between 56.2 and 54.5 miles per gallon? Way more than 1.7 mpg, that's for sure. The Detroit News is reporting that the Obama White House is dialing down the proposed 2025 fuel economy requirement to 54.5 mpg. Earlier, we had heard that 62 mpg would be the new target for ...

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    Official: EPA, DOT unveil updated window stickers [w/video]
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    Updated United States fuel economy labeling, unveiled on Wednesday, includes additional information on plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, and highlights other advanced technologies aimed at reducing gasoline consumption and tailpipe emissions. The redesigned window stickers, required on all ...

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    Report: EPA and DOT drop letter grades from window stickers
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    It seems that the Average Joe isn't the only one who thinks that the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed letter grades on windows stickers are both confusing and too subjective for the government to assign. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration has scrapped ...

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    Majority of Americans want 62 mpg CAFE standards; automakers don't
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    If you want to find examples of ways Americans disagree on politics, all you need to do is turn on any cable news channel right now. But here's a curious case of the majority agreeing on one important point: 62 percent of Americans support an increase in the average fuel economy mandate in the ...

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    How much will the EPA's new fuel economy standards cost each automaker?
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    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it will cost automakers an average of $948 to meet the 34.1 mile per gallon Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards that will be adopted in the United States in 2016. The current standard sits at 27.5 mpg. The EPA estimates that the average owner ...

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    EPA, DOT, California all agree on timeframe for new CAFE standards
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    Last April, the three main fuel economy regulatory players – the EPA, the DOT and the State of California – announced new CAFE targets for the 2012 through 2016 model years: 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016. If there's one thing U.S. automakers liked about this, it was that we had a ...

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    Hypermiling Hyundai Sonata Hybrid crosses America in under two tanks [w/video] *UPDATE
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    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Cross Country Blue Drive – Click above for image gallery
    You've got to hand it to Wayne Gerdes. He knows how to go the distance in production passenger cars on very little gasoline. In April of 2009, he worked with a team to go 1,445 miles in a Ford Fusion Hybrid ...

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    Ford expanding stop-start technology to non-hybrid models
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    Given the multifaceted approach to making more efficient vehicles favored by Ford, an automaker that employs everything from EcoBoost to hybrids, pure electrics to less thirsty gas models – it's not that surprising to learn that the company is announcing that it is expanding use of ...

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    Report: House members call on EPA to ditch automobile letter grades
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    EPA/DOT Proposed Fuel Economy Labels – Click above for high-res versions
    It seems John Q. Public isn't the only one who thinks the letter grades the Environmental Protection Agency was planning to put on new car window stickers are confusing. Need a refresher? Check out our previous ...

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    2011 Chevy Volt gets 93 mpge (and 37 mpg and 60 mpg) rating from EPA
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    After yesterday's 99 miles per gallon (equivalent) EPA rating for the Nissan Leaf, General Motors had to be eager to get the numbers for the Chevy Volt from the government – if for no other reason than because these efficiency stickers are the last thing holding up deliveries of the first ...

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    Nissan Leaf snags 99 mpg rating on official EPA sticker
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    As far as we know, the first production Chevrolet Volt models are still awaiting their official EPA stickers. Nissan, though, has received the details on what the government agency has rated its all-electric Leaf at, and it looks good: a combined rating of 99 miles per gallon (equivalent) which ...

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    Entire 2012 Hyundai Elantra line to hit 40 MPG on highway
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    2011 Hyundai Avante/Elantra - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Hyundai has just announced that the 2012 Elantra, which will debut next Wednesday at the LA Auto Show, will achieve 40 miles per gallon on the highway and 29 mpg in the city. The engine behind these impressive numbers will be a ...

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    Honda boosts Insight fuel economy by lengthening start-stop ability?
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    2010 Honda Insight – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Honda has not yet given up in the entry-level hybrid fight. There's the new, not-for-U.S. Jazz (Fit) Hybrid, for one thing, but the older Insight hybrid isn't being left in the dust, either. Autocar reports that some of the lessons ...

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    Report: NADA chairman urges Fed to reconsider fuel rules
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    The National Automobile Dealers Association has joined the ranks of those opposed to upping Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards to 60 mpg by 2025. The dealer group says that with fuel prices still low, consumers are more interested in horsepower and style than they are super-efficient ...

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    Volvo CEO will keynote 2010 LA Auto Show
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    Newly minted Volvo CEO Stefan Jaoby got to practice his auto show routine at the Paris Motor Show, and soon he'll be bringing his act to the U.S. Jacoby has been announced as they keynote speaker for the LA Auto Show on November 17, and according to a Motor Press Guild rep he is "expected to ...

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    Senator Levin in favor of a bolder clean vehicle mandate to replace CAFE
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    Michigan Senator Carl Levin has been called the auto industry's best friend by detractors who say he's worked hard to obtain that title by defending the status quo. At the 2010 Business of Plugging In conference in downtown Detroit today, though, he made some comments that might put a stop to ...

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    127 MPG: What Motor Trend got driving the Volt in the real world
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    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Did General Motors lie or didn't they? The media and public got extremely swept up by the fact that GM told the world its range-extended electric vehicle would not use the on-board internal combustion engine to power the wheels, ...

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