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    Study: Fuel efficiency bringing back automotive jobs, but there's more to the story

    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

    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

    $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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    Official: Hyundai petitions for August to be 'Fuel Efficiency Month'

    Those looking to spend some of the warmest months of the year firing muscle cars down straight ribbons of hot asphalt, beware: Hyundai wants August to be "Fuel Efficiency Month." The South Korean automaker's campaign debuted today to coincide with World Environmental Day celebrations in New ...

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    Official: EPA launches new 'Years to Payback' feature for alt-fuel vehicles

    Did you know the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is a better deal for fuel-economy-inclined car buyers than a Honda Insight? True story, but only sorta. Using a new section of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website, we can now quantify the time it takes to pay off the higher ...

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    Study: New vehicles 14% more fuel efficient than four years ago

    It's amazing what a little regulation can do for an industry. In the past four years, the fuel economy of new vehicles has improved by an average of 14 percent, according to a new study by the University of Michigan. This increase comes on the heels of big hikes in the Corporate Average Fuel ...

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    Annual fuel budget for U.S. families this year? Over $4,000

    Been wondering where a bunch of your money went this year? For the average American family, a higher percentage of the budget was spent on gas in 2011 than at any point since 1981. According to the AP, gas cost most Americans $4,155, or 8.4 percent of the median household income, in 2011. In ...

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    Infographic: Fuel efficiency in the US

    How much CO2 does an electric car produce in a year relative to an average gasoline powered car or a modern clean diesel? What's the most efficient gas-powered car sold in the United States? The top diesel? The total U.S. gasoline consumption? The average miles per gallon of a Prius versus an ...

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    Report: Mazda's core attribute is "real-world" fuel efficiency with zoom-zoom

    Mazda Motor says "real-world" fuel-efficiency will be one of its core attributes as the Japanese automaker seeks to lift U.S. sales volume some 74 percent by 2015. Don't worry though, 'cause zoom-zoom will remain Mazda's number one raison d'etre. Step one? Be quick to point out that while some ...

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    Report: Average fuel efficiency rises to 22.4 mpg for Model Year 2011 vehicles

    If Americans can't buy fuel efficient vehicles, then they're not going to do so. Between July and September, passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. averaged 22.2 miles per gallon, down from 22.5 mpg in the second quarter of 2011. It's believed that the decline in fuel economy was due to extremely ...

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    Report: House kicks off review of Obama's 54.5 mpg CAFE rule this week

    Today, a House of Representatives panel will hold a hearing to review the Obama Administration's ambitious fuel economy standards of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The hearing – a response by Republicans concerned over the economic impact of the fuel efficiency guidelines – is ...

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    Report: Average fuel economy of vehicles sold in September hits 22.1 mpg

    Data compiled by TrueCar shows that, despite gasoline costing only $3.58 a gallon in the U.S., there was still a bit more of a rush to purchase fuel-efficient vehicles in September than there was back in August, when gas averaged a slightly higher $3.65. TrueCar says that U.S. consumers ...

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    Report: Japanese firms develop innovative techniques to reduce vehicle weight

    News outlet Nikkei reports that Japan-based steelmakers and chemical firms are developing materials and components that will make vehicles significantly lighter. The reason? Putting an end to Japanese automakers procuring components from rivals overseas. These innovative lightweight materials ...

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    Report: Thailand to offer $3,317 credit for purchase of vehicles with up to 1.5-liter engines

    Thailand's government is discussing a tax rebate of up to 100,000 baht ($3,317 U.S. at the current exchange rate) for buyers of vehicles with engines that displace 1.5-liters or less. The move could cost the government an estimated 30 billion baht ($99.5 million U.S.), with up to 500,000 buyers ...

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    Here's how to tell how efficient your motorcycle is, all the way back to 1934 models

    As oil prices rise, the cost of a gallon of gas keeps rocketing up too. As consumers look to save money on fuel, there's at least one way to ensure your mode of transportation is both frugal and a blast to drive: buy a motorcycle! No matter what car you compare them to, motorcycles are usually ...

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    Report: Ford tries to prove 2012 Focus is more fuel efficient than Hyundai Elantra

    Hyundai promotes its redesigned 2011 Elantra as a 40-mpg rated subcompact no matter how it's optioned. Meanwhile, Ford can only say, officially, that the 2012 Focus cracks the coveted 40-mpg mark when equipped with the SFE (super fuel economy) package and six-speed automatic transmission. This ...

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    Honda invests $355 million in mpg-increasing wind tunnel, other upgrades at Ohio sites

    Honda Motor is making $355 million worth of upgrades at two facilities in Ohio and has opened its first-ever U.S. wind tunnel. The end goal here is to eke out more fuel efficiency gains from vehicles designed, built and sold in North America. The Ohio projects for the first Japanese automaker to ...

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    Study: MIT, Princeton find smartphones can improve fuel efficiency by 20 percent

    In July, at the Association for Computing Machinery MobiSys conference, research teams from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton University took home an award for a fuel-saving system in cars that relies on dash-mounted smartphones. MIT says the system saves fuel by ...

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    Report: Japan pushing for 24.1% increase in fuel economy by 2020

    2011 Nissan Micra / March – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Japanese automakers will most likely need to boost their fleetwide fuel economy by 24.1 percent by 2020 to meet stringent standards being drawn up by the government, reports the Nikkei business daily. This isn't like ...

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    DOE awards UC Riverside $1.2 million for eco-driving research project

    Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have received a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Energy to evaluate technologies that provide drivers with feedback so they can cut emissions and reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 percent. The three-year project aims to develop a ...


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