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    Next-gen Toyota Prius aiming for 55 mpg, could arrive in 2015
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    Twenty years ago, a small group of engineers at Toyota were tasked with the G21 project, a look into the "Global 21st Century" and how Toyota could make vehicles that used less fuel and emit less CO2. You might be able to guess that the result of that project was the Prius, which became an icon ...

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    Exclusive: Ford: We didn't overstate C-Max Hybrid mpg, low numbers were a surprise
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    There's kind of a lot to digest in the news about the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid EPA label change. In fact, as we tried to really understand how and why Ford downrated the car's fuel economy from 47 miles per gallon across the board to 43 mpg (combined, with 45 city and 40 on the highway) we learned ...

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    Official: Ford C-Max hybrid rerated at 43 mpg, owners offered rebates
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    We were not the only ones to have trouble reaching 47 miles per gallon in the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid. A lot of people did, and complained about it. Ford heard those messages, and today officially announced it is lowering the official EPA mpg number for the car from 47 across the board to 43 mpg ...

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    Report: Ford will drop MPG rating for C-Max Hybrid
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    Aaaaaand that's that. After lawsuits and more lawsuits over the fuel economy rating for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Ford will officially announce tomorrow that it will drop that rating. The company has tried software updates to try and get the C-Max Hybrid MPG level to where it was supposed to ...

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    Report: CR gets back to basics with sensible mileage tricks [w/video]
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    Consumer Reports seems to be taking on a different tactic than it did a few months ago on fuel economy. The publication took Ford and the US Environmental Protection Agency to task for overstating mileage ratings on the C-Max and Fusion hybrids in late 2012. Then, earlier this year, CR said ...

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    Official: Audi A3 1.6 TDI Ultra gets 73.5 mpg, is brand's most-efficient production car
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    Say hello to the world's most efficient production Audi. For now, anyway. Until the next-generation E-tron and G-tron vehicles arrive, the Audi A3 1.6 TDI Ultra (yes, "Ultra" is part of the name) wins the brand's mpg crown with a fuel efficiency rating of 3.2 liters per 100 kilometers (73.5 ...

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    Official: Ford's deadline for gas-saving app contest is this week [w/video]
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    Write some code to save some folks some gas, and you might save about a quarter-century's worth, courtesy of Ford. The US automaker is getting closer to awarding its $50,000 prize for the Ford Personalized Fuel-Efficiency App Challenge, with the deadline for applicants coming up today. The ...

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    Exclusive: Teeny-tiny Cars: Are they cheap and fuel-efficient enough to justify their drawbacks?
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    The San Francisco US press launch of the teeny-tiny two-seat 2008 Smart Fortwo involved an interesting presentation and drive experience. I learned that its history dates back to the late 1980s when SMH (Swatch watches) CEO Nicolas Hayek decided that a substantial number of people wanted a small, ...

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    Official: New VW Golf TDI BlueMotion is 'most fuel-efficient ever' with 73.5 mpg
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    Volkswagen claims its newly launched Golf TDI BlueMotion is about as good as it gets with that old standby, the internal combustion engine. The new Golf consumes 3.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, the equivalent of getting 73.5 US miles per gallon (on the European cycle), a 15-percent ...

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    Study: In city driving, hybrids really outshine the competition
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    OK, maybe this newsflash is an obvious one to longtime green-car observers, but the folks at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon found it worth publicizing that hybrids are a lot more useful to city drivers than highway hounds. Heavy-footed driving may reduce all-electric vehicle range by as much as ...

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    Official: Ricardo says only 'minor electrification' needed to reach 2025 CAFE standards
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    Ricardo Plc appears to be adhering to an "it takes a village" approach to ratcheting up US fleetwide fuel economy levels to the higher Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards the federal government set for 2025. Last year, the US government finalized the new CAFE standards, which call for ...

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    Study: CR says higher CAFE standards will save car buyers $4,600
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    Consumer Reports isn't wearing quite as rosy a pair of sunglass as the federal government is about the savings prospects for US drivers once stricter fuel economy standards take effect in model year 2017. Still, the publication says drivers will save a few thousand dollars worth of gas during the ...

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    Report: Ford says its regenerative brakes have saved 100 million gallons of gas
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    Ford is taking the time to trumpet technology that's let drivers go further by stopping gradually. Specifically, the Blue Oval says the various versions of its regenerative braking systems have generated enough energy to offset the use of 100 million gallons of fuel, Wards Auto writes. Ford's ...

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    Official: May new-vehicle fleetwide fuel-economy remains at record 23.7 mpg
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    Former NBA great Shaquille O'Neal retired with a career scoring average of 23.7 points per game. And like Shaq's scoring average, the new-vehicle fleetwide fuel economy mpg number doesn't want to budge, either. May was the third straight month that fleetwide fuel economy stayed at 23.7 miles per ...

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    Report: VW XL1 'only' gets 120 mpg in new test drive
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    You've got to love this brave new world we're in, where getting 120 miles per gallon can be considered a disappointment. That's the upshot of an Automobile magazine test drive of the Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid diesel, which the German automaker has said can get as much as 261 miles per gallon, ...

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    Official: Blast from the past: Volvo LCP 2000, Light Component Project offered 60 mpg in 1983
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    Trips down green car memory lane are always fun, both because we learn something about the past and because all the things that have been tried before illuminate all the things that are being tried now. Whether we're looking at 40 years of electric vehicles at BMW or the controversial history of ...

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    Memorial Day weekend gas tab likely to hit $1.44 billion in US
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    Americans are about to spend a lot of money on gasoline. If the number crunchers at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) are correct, US drivers will spend a tidy $1.44 billion filling up for their Memorial Day travels as 31.2 million people use the long weekend to participate in the ...

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    Official: Ford hit with another lawsuit over C-Max, Fusion Hybrid mpg claims
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    Ford is waiting to see if it will be facing several class action lawsuits over its mileage ratings - three of which were filed in late April. Suits filed in federal courthouses in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and California claim Ford is overstating the average mileage ratings for its 2013 Ford ...

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    Read This: A family's 10-year history with a 2003 first-gen Toyota Prius
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    The Toyota Prius has put in its time as the benchmark for hybrids and fuel efficient vehicles on American roads. For Scott Burns, it's put in time as a family car as well, and one he's been incredibly happy with. Burns, writing in the Houston Chronicle, says owning a 2003 first-generation Toyota ...

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    Official: 2013 Nissan Leaf officially rated at 115 MPGe, with 75 miles* of range
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    The news keeps getting better for Nissan and its efforts to boost sales of its all-electric Leaf: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ahs confirmed that the EV's range is about 15 percent better than it used to be. The EPA finalized its 2013 Leaf numbers, confirming a miles per ...

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