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Researchers from the University of Bath's Powertrain & Vehicle Research Centre have been awarded £590,000 ($942,820 U.S. at the current exchange rate) from the UK's Technology Strategy Board to develop a gasoline engine that yields a higher specific torque rating than any production gasser available today. This torque-laden powerplant is expected to offer significantly improved fuel economy, a high degree of refinement and the durability that we'd expect from any production mill.

In order to determine buyer interest in fuel efficient vehicles, Ward's Auto runs a monthly fuel economy index report. The report details the fuel economy numbers of all new vehicles purchased in any given month. The typical trend during the past five years indicates that buyers have opted for more efficient vehicles, but this inclination is now waning as the economy slowly rebounds.