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EPA Says Fuel Economy Is Up, CO2 Down

But New Report Comes With Caveats

EV Fuel Economy Labels: Your Mileage May Vary (A Lot)

The EPA has finally weighed in with its (long awaited) fuel economy numbers for the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. While the results are impressive – 93 and 99 miles per gallon equivalent for each of the two vehicles, respectively – the more important story is that consumers are likely to remain confused about just how fuel-efficient this new automotive technology is.

Hyundai pledges to average minimum 50 MPG CAFE standards by 2025

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A glass of water a day can help keep your fuel consumption at bay

The idea of driving around with a glass of water on your dashboard may seem ludicrous, but if Toyota told you that a single glass of water could help you reduce your fuel consumption by 10 percent, would you think differently? Now, Toyota doesn't want you to literally place a glass of water on the dash. Instead, the company is pushing the idea that driving in such a way that a theoretical glass of water there remains full would reduce

A glass of water a day can help keep your fuel consumption at bay

The idea of driving around with a glass of water on your dashboard may seem a bit ludicrous, but if Toyota told you that a single glass of water could help reduce fuel consumption by 10 percent, would the craziness of placing that glass on your dash fade away. Toyota doesn't want you to literally place a glass of water on your dash – that could get wet – instead, the company is pushing the idea that driving in such a way th

Electric vehicles already influencing auto industry, including ICE and hybrid vehicles

We're only months away from seeing the first high-volume modern electric cars go on sale, but most analysts and industry officials expect these to only account for a very small percentage of the overall market in the next decade. The problem remains high cost and limited range for batteries. While engineers across the globe work on these issues, there's no question that the efforts to maximize the range of electric cars are leading to improvements in the efficiency of both hybrid and conventiona

2011 Ford Edge gets 19/27 mpg EPA ratings, tops mid-size V6 class

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2011 Ford Edge gets 19/27 mpg EPA ratings, tops mid-size V6 class

2011 Ford Edge – Click above for high-res image gallery

2011 Lincoln MKX gets 19/26 MPG ratings, Ford claims best-in-class

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Study: Improving fuel efficiency doesn't come cheap

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Auto industry supports Obama's newly announced long-term mpg standards

President Obama recently announced plans to define fuel economy regulations beyond 2016. He briefly outlined a new plan that would regulate the mileage requirements of cars and light trucks through 2025 and medium- and heavy-duty trucks through 2018. The overall goal

40 mpg is the new 30 - or is it 60 mpg is the new 50?

2011 Ford Fiesta – Click above for high-res image gallery

Report: Obama kicks off drive to enact tough fuel economy standards through 2025

A year ago, the White House led the effort to get automakers' Corporate Average Fuel Economy to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. Although the number was eventually pegged at 34.1 mpg, it will actually be slightly lower because of other non-automotive credits that will be a

Report: Obama kicks off drive to enact tough fuel economy standards through 2025

A year ago, the White House led the effort to get automakers' Corporate Average Fuel Economy to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. Although the number was eventually pegged at 34.1 mpg, it will actually be slightly lower because of other non-automotive credits that will be a

Poll: Americans favor raising gas mileage requirement to 50 mpg

Fuel efficiency has been a hot topic as of late, both for consumers looking to ease their financial and environmental burdens and for automakers hoping to meet the latest round of government-mandated mileage requirements. A few months ago in late March – importantly, that means the survey was conducted before the major disaster and oil spill in the Gulf – the Consumer Federation of America found that most U.S. citizens support a

New car sales show buyers are less interested in efficient vehicles as economy rebounds

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

Report: Fuel economy for new vehicles up 12 percent since 2005

With strict CAFE standards set at 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016, automakers have a long, tough road ahead of them. If you compare recent fuel economy increases over the past five years, the task that lies ahead is downright daunting.

Report: Most Americans ready to downsize current rides for something more efficient

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Beyond 2016, automakers push for even stronger CAFE regulations, maybe a gas tax too

It's not all that often that you hear automakers cry out for stronger regulations and stricter guidelines. In fact, the cries typically go the other way, begging for less oversight and looser laws. So, when automakers band together suggesting changes to CAFE guidelines beyond 2016 that would take fuel economy figures to new heights, we should probably listen, right?

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