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We love what Audi has done for the image of the modern diesel engine, and even though their state-side offering isn't the greenest stable on the block, they pulled a respectable 533 in J.D. Power and Associates' Automotive Environmental Index (AEI). That was good enough to place them 13th on the inaugural list just after the Mini. Speaking of the Mini, where would Audi have placed if they offered a small, economical A1?

What if I told you that the director of one of the most influential think tanks in the country once predicted that hybrids would account for as much as 90 percent of the U.S. automotive market by 2025? Seems overly optimistic, doesn't it. Almost silly. Well, it's true and it was Philip Gott of Global Insight. According to the LA Times, he has since retracted that forecast and reduced it to 12 to 15 percent by that time. His new numbers lie much closer to J.D. Power and Associates' prediction whi

With the automotive climate drastically changing, so must our surveys for market data. New for this year, in their 2006 Alternative Powertrain Study (APS), JD Power and Associates released the results of their first Automotive Environmental Index (AEI). The AEI is comprised of EPA information combined with "voice-of-the-customer" data relating to fuel economy, air pollution and green house gases.

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