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    2011 Lincoln MKX gets best in class mileage, 19/26 mpg with V6, Ecoboost still to come
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    2011 Lincoln MKX – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Ford has managed to achieve best-in-class EPA mileage ratings (at least for the moment) for its revamped 2011 Lincoln MKX, and presumably the mechanically identical Ford Edge as well. The Feds have published the estimated mileage ...

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    China approves measly $442 incentive for fuel-efficient vehicles *UPDATE
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    The National Development and Reform Commission in China recently added 71 models from 16 different automakers to the approved list of vehicles that qualify for subsidies based on fuel efficiency alone. All of the qualifying vehicles are fitted with engines no larger than 1.6 liters and consume ...

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    Formula One teams want to cut emissions and fuel consumption
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    The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) wants to cut cut its total carbon emissions by 15 percent within three years and double the efficiency of its race engines within five years. FOTA commissioned an analysis by Trucost to determine its total life-cycle emissions from all operations. As it ...

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    Shanghai GM to boost vehicle efficiency 15 percent, performance 14 percent by 2015
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    Buick Excelle GT – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Shanghai GM, a joint venture between General Motors and China's SAIC, has outlined plans for the next phase of the company's "Drive to Green" strategy. Phase two includes several fuel economy-related targets that the company hopes to ...

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    EPA announces top 10 most fuel-efficient cars, Insight takes top honors
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    Top Ten EPA-rated Fuel Sippers (1984 to present) – Click above for image gallery
    Fuel efficiency has increased dramatically in the last decade, or at least that's what we've been told. So it might come as a surprise to find out that six of the Top Ten EPA-rated Fuel Sippers from 1984 to ...

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    Study: Improving fuel efficiency doesn't come cheap
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    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    With strong CAFE standards looming, automakers have suggested that building cars that can meet new guidelines will undoubtedly cost more. We've heard some numbers regarding increased costs thrown around and most are in the ...

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    Auto industry supports Obama's newly announced long-term mpg standards
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    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 of his plan is quite simple: ...

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    40 mpg is the new 30 - or is it 60 mpg is the new 50?
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    2011 Ford Fiesta – Click above for high-res image gallery
    With the Ford Fiesta officially rated at 40 miles per gallon highway and many people anticipating that the Chevy Cruze Eco will receive an identical number, it's believed that the new target mpg number for many gasoline-powered ...

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    BMW pursuing better acoustics to improve efficiency
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    Manuel Reichle, Sound engineer, and the BMW 635d – Click above for high-res image gallery
    When considering how to go about improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions, we typically think of smaller engines, alternative fuels and electrification. One area that doesn't typically come to ...

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

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    Audi introduces lighter, more efficient 3.0L V6 turbodiesel, can cut consumption by 20%
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    At its annual technology day in Ingolstadt yesterday, Audi revealed more information about its redesigned 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine. The refreshed powerplant will be appearing in an array of products from the Volkswagen Group this year, including the new Touareg, Cayenne and the Porsche Q7 ...

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    Report: Fuel economy for new vehicles up 12 percent since 2005
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    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. Edmunds.com analysts compiled a list of fuel economy numbers ...

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    Report: Most Americans ready to downsize current rides for something more efficient
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    European-spec Fiat 500 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Americans have a love affair with large vehicles. While most of the world is satisfied with subcompact and compact cars, American's display a thirst for the big, boat-like autos. For reasons unknown to us, bigger always seems ...

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    Tim Hortons reminds Canadians to 'drive green, eh'
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    For those of you who hail from Canada or the Northeast United States, Tim Hortons needs no introduction. For the rest of our readers, a very brief history: picture a small-town doughnut shop that, over the last 50 years or so, has morphed into a combination Dunkin' Doughnuts/Starbucks/McDonalds ...

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

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    SAE 2010: Affordable technology key to meeting the 2016 CAFE rules
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    Affordability as the watchword Tuesday as automotive engineers at the SAE World Congress discussed how to meet the new 2016 corporate average fuel economy standards. Automakers will have to get their fleets to an average of 34.1 miles per gallon (35.5 equivalent with other factors for the EPA CO2 ...

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    Shocks that can save fuel, charge batteries and propel vehicles down the road?
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    What if something as simple as a shock absorber could do much more than just absorb the impacts coming from the road? What if the shock could save fuel, charge batteries and even move vehicles down the road? Wouldn't you be interested? We certainly are. The idea of transferring road impact into ...

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    Engine displacement tax could convince automakers to focus on smaller powerplants
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    Last year, the state of Washington contemplated a tax that would be placed on vehicles dependent upon the displacement of its engine. The displacement tax was eventually discarded but not forgotten. Automakers noted the possibility of this tax cropping up again in the future and marked it in their ...

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    Survey shows buyers have unrealistic expectations for hybrid and electric vehicles
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    Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery
    What do future buyers of hybrid and electric vehicles expect? Surprisingly, according to a recent survey, a reduction in fuel usage or elimination of fuel is not a primary concern. What buyers want is simple: all of the benefits of a ...

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    Valeo to focus on new products that improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions
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    2010 Citroen C3 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Automotive supplier Valeo SA has struggled to gain market share over the past decade. Attempting to turn things around, the company will focus its efforts on fuel efficiency. Valeo has made carbon dioxide reduction its primary ...

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