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    Official: Mercedes-Benz cut fleetwide emissions by 4.3 percent last year
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    Mercedes-Benz says it reduced its fleetwide vehicle emissions by 4.3 percent last year. Of course, the German automaker has another 29 percent to go to meet the European Commission's 2020 mandate. But who's counting? Mercedes' luxury and sports car bent has made it a relative laggard when it ...

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    Official: EPA says Mazda's 27.5 mpg average makes it most fuel-efficient automaker in US
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    Zoom-Zoom, indeed. Toyota may be the world's biggest maker of hybrids and Nissan may be making big strides on the plug-in front with increased sales of its Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, but it's Japanese automaker Mazda that has once again topped the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list ...

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    Official: Volvo finds eco-driving improves fuel economy 10-15% in trucks
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    Getting drivers to change their behavioral patterns is quite difficult, but the fuel economy payoff can be huge. Consumer Reports has been informing passenger car drivers about the consequences of hitting the gas pedal, and now the Volvo Group is participating in a project to improve commercial ...

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    Official: Volvo's new four-cylinder engines offer more performace, better fuel efficiency
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    Volvo has started production of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines for its new Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA) lineup. They're variants of Volvo's current models and are optimized to deliver higher performance than the current lineup of Volvo six-cylinder models, with less fuel ...

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    Report: Diesel benefits shrink as gas engines get more fuel-efficient, torquier
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    Could all of the work some automakers are doing to increase diesel engine adoption in the US be going up in a cloud of smoke? Maybe so, as torquier and more fuel-efficient gasoline engines and cheapening hybrid technology are cutting into what had been perceived as the advantages of diesel ...

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    Report: Fuel-saving, self-driving trucks on the road in Japan
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    Readers of a certain age might remember those bumper stickers with Yosemite Sam toting two six-shooters and yelling "Back Off!" He wasn't yelling "So you can burn more fuel!" but researchers are looking at how tailgating could save gas, and, in this case, are working with big rigs. The New ...

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    Opinion: Does Zipcar's "Gas Is On Us" encourage waste?
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    When you watch the Zipcar video "How to Zip: Fill 'er Up" (embedded below) you'll see a Zipcar customer finding out he needs to stop at a gas station. There's a Zipcar co-pilot in the backseat who gives him friendly, detailed instructions on how to get reimbursed for filling up the gas ...

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    Breaking: With Chevy Silverado, GM promotes low cost-of-ownership instead of high MPG
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    General Motors has a couple of problems to deal with: a glut of pickups on dealer lots and the inability to claim best-in-class fuel economy for its usually strong-selling Chevrolet Silverado pickup. In light of the situation, GM's marketing message has transmuted into something else: "hey, at ...

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    Official: Ford C-Max breaks hybrid launch sales record
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    For October and November, the all-new Ford C-Max sold 8,030 units, making it the highest-selling hybrid vehicle ever in the first two months. The sales significantly surpassed the 7,300 Camry Hybrids that Toyota sold in that car's first two months on the market, back in May and June of 2006. Ford ...

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    Official: Are hybrids more important to Nissan than EVs?
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    Nissan chief operating officer Toshiyuki Shiga offered an update on the automaker's "eco-targets" to further cut CO2 emissions and add 15 hybrid models by 2016. At a press conference in Yokohama, Shiga explained the company's commitment to sustainability through its Nissan Green Program 2016. ...

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    Video: Fiat shows off performance, efficiency gains of TwinAir engine
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    Small engine, big pitch. Italian automaker Fiat is using a new video to wax poetic about its TwinAir family of engines designed to boost performance in its smaller cars while cutting fuel use and emissions. The three-plus-minute video, put together by Frame Communication, outlines the TwinAir ...

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    Study: Fuel economy numbers are increasing, but still have a long way to go to hit 54.5
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    The average fuel economy number for new, light duty vehicles sold in the US reached an all-time high of 24.1 miles per gallon in October, up from 23.8 mpg the previous month, according to a report released by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute. That equals a 4.0-mpg ...

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    Report: Toyota leading fight against Mexican plan to align fuel economy standards with US
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    Fuel-efficient cars might be nearly synonymous with Toyota here in the US, but in Mexico, the Japanese automaker is reportedly leading a fight in a dustup over more stringent automobile fuel efficiency regulations. Mexico's government is reportedly trying to make its own mile-per-gallon rules the ...

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    It'll be a challenge to reach 54.5 MPG as Americans get heavier
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    Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in recent decades in the US, and with our bulging bellies has come an increase in serious health issues like diabetes and heart disease. Add to that excess gasoline consumption and additional risks in accidents, and the fat forecast gets even more ...

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    Official: Ford champions reduction in rare earth metals in next-gen hybrids
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    For the third-generation hybrid system powering the Fusion Hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid, Ford expects to be using about 500,000 pounds a year less of expensive and uncommon rare earth metals. Reduction of rare earth metals in the lithium-ion batteries and the hybrid system's electric machines lowers ...

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    Official: Ford's Auto Stop-Start offers hope to foot-heavy drivers
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    Would you be willing to slow down your highway driving if it meant saving money on fuel spending and reducing your emissions? I don't. Ford commissioned a survey through Penn Schoen Berlandalso and found that 64 percent of American drivers are driving less frequently to save on gasoline. As for ...

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    Report: Engineers putting wasted engine heat to good use: improving fuel economy
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    Gasoline-powered, internal combustion engines are notoriously inefficient. Some estimates say as much as 70 percent of the fuel's energy is lost to friction and heat. An Automotive News story has engineers saying that only three percent is due to friction. To engineers, that's a huge pot of ...

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    Study: Fuel efficiency bringing back automotive jobs, but there's more to the story
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    Consumer demand for fuel efficient vehicles and a federal mandate to reach 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 has helped bring back 236,000 badly-needed U.S. auto industry jobs since 2009, says a report issued by DrivingGrowth. A portion of this growth – 66,300 new jobs – occurred in the ...

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    Report: Chrysler adding 8-speed transmissions this year; 9-speeds are coming
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    When it comes to adding transmission gears to boost fuel economy, Chrysler figures the more the merrier. For now. The U.S. automaker, which is controlled by Italy-based Fiat, will start installing eight-speed transmissions in some of its vehicles by the end of the year, with nine-speed trannies ...

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    Official: BMW 7 Series Hybrid: 14% better efficiency = $10,700 more money
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    $10,000 here, $10,000 there and sooner or later, you're talking about real money. That's what some 99-percenters may be thinking when they see how BMW is pricing the newest versions of its 7 Series sedans and, specifically, the second-generation ActiveHybrid 7 L. BMW, which said in May that ...

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