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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Expected to Average 47 MPG

On: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 7:25AM | By: Teddy Field


2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Expected to Average 47 MPG test 1-1

It seems that 47 mpg is now the “magic number” for hybrid fuel economy, as car makers rush to meet Obama's lofty CAFE target by 2025. In his proposal, the cumulative average fuel economy for a given car company's entire product portfolio is expected to be 54.4 mpg by the 2025 model year. And that certainly sounds good on paper. But not all models are required to get 54 mpg. That number is merely a mathematical exercise, designed to force car companies to start building more fuel efficient vehicles.

Failure to comply with the government's fuel economy standards will result in steep fines that can amount to thousands per vehicle sold. In order to comply, the combined average fuel economy for most vehicles in a car company's lineup will need to be around 35 mpg, not 54 mpg. To protect their corporate average (CAFE actually stands for Corporate Average Fuel Economy), vehicles that average less than 35 mpg, are offset by vehicles that exceed the average. Hence, the importance of 47 mpg hybrids like the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid.


2014 Corvette Z51 Floors It to 60 mph in 3.8 Seconds

On: Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss


2014 Corvette Z51 Floors It to 60 mph in 3.8 Seconds test 1-1

Chevy unveiled the all-new Corvette Stingray at the North American International Auto Show in January but waited until this month to give us a firmer performance spec sheet for the most well-equipped Stingray. Not only is the new Stingray the most powerful standard Corvette ever, it's also the most capable.


GM Pickups Sweep J.D. Power's Quality Rating

On: Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 11:14AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


GM Pickups Sweep J.D. Power's Quality Rating test 1-1

General Motors has earned itself some major bragging rights lately with their extremely popular Chevy truck and GMC truck lineup. In the most recent J.D. Power & Associates Initial Quality Survey (J.D. IQS), GM swept the light-duty and heavy duty passenger pickup truck categories. The experts at ALG have also noted that the 2014 GM trucks will carry some of he greatest residual value amongst the newest full-size pickup trucks.


Nearly 80 Percent of Ford Customers Opting For Sync and MyFord Touch

On: Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 6:29AM | By: Chris Weiss


Nearly 80 Percent of Ford Customers Opting For Sync and MyFord Touch test 1-1

Automakers have spent a lot of time and money designing and advertising advanced infotainment systems that bring technologies like voice-activated controls and Internet radio into cars. For at least one of those manufacturers, things are paying off in a big way. Nearly 80 percent of buyers of 2013 Ford vehicles have opted for MyFord Touch and Sync systems in their purchases.


 

Americans Love Buying Gas at Wholesale Clubs Like Costco

On: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 1:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


Americans Love Buying Gas at Wholesale Clubs Like Costco test 1-1

According to a new study by customer intelligence firm Market Force Information, wholesale clubs are the most popular gas stations in America. Costco is the most popular gas station in America and it's followed by competitor Sam's Club. Despite having membership requirements that you won't find at the average gas station, consumers are flocking to these stations in droves.


Fiat Introduces 500 MPV

On: Sat, Jun 22, 2013 at 9:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


Fiat Introduces 500 MPV test 1-1

Few things sound less necessary than a Fiat 500 minivan, but that's exactly what Fiat has introduced in the 500L Living. What was once a simple minicar has become a larger sedan, a crossover, and now a people mover with enough room for a family of seven.


Automotive 'Green' Models Take Over Eco-Friendly Movement

On: Sat, Jun 22, 2013 at 8:22AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


Automotive 'Green' Models Take Over Eco-Friendly Movement test 1-1

With tax incentives in place and consumer interest on the rise, the global green markets are rapidly expanding. Manufacturers have found ways to improve their production and distribution of of eco-friendly products. Impressive advertising and marketing has also done a stand-up job of convincing buyers to opt for greener options. There are millions of eco-friendly alternative brands and products on the market at this point, and one industry is dominating the green buying demand, but it’s probably not the one you think!


Is Dodge Headed the Way of Pontiac and Mercury?

On: Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 1:50PM | By: Chris Weiss


Is Dodge Headed the Way of Pontiac and Mercury? test 1-1

The American auto market was very different 15 years ago from what it is today. Not only were car buyers obsessed with big, refrigerator-sized SUVs, thanks to low gas prices and sensibilities that suggested that minivans and station wagons were the death of their self esteem, but there were a lot more American brands to choose from. Brands like Oldsmobile, Saturn, Mercury, and Pontiac were still alive and well (well, not necessarily well, but alive). GM and Ford streamlined their portfolios in the first decade of 2000s, eliminating all of those brands over time. Chrysler also cut its portfolio during that time, sending Plymouth to the junkyard next to Eagle. According to a new report, Dodge may be the next American brand on the chopping block.


U.S. Auto Sales Are Up While European Sales Hit a 20-Year Low

On: Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 12:18PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


U.S. Auto Sales Are Up While European Sales Hit a 20-Year Low test 1-1

May was host to two very different auto industry scenarios between the United States and Europe. On our side of the pond, the auto industry saw a big gain as sales rose strongly in May. Meanwhile in Europe, sales tanked to a two-decade low. So, what’s going on with the auto industry?


New Toyota Chairman Backs New Supra

On: Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 10:06AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Toyota Supra has been slowly moving from rumor to reality. First there were just unsubstantiated rumors. A lot of them. Then there was a real, live announcement, and while it wasn't about the Supra specifically, the partnership with BMW was aimed in part at sports car development. Then, more rumors from the BMW side about how that BMW-Toyota team up would bring the Supra back. While Toyota hasn't yet made an official announcement, its newest chairman has come out in support of a Supra-type car, providing the most explicit evidence yet.


Ultra-Efficient Volkswagen XL1 Hybrid May Inspire Sports Car

On: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 7:31AM | By: Chris Weiss


Ultra-Efficient Volkswagen XL1 Hybrid May Inspire Sports Car test 1-1

Destined to become the world's most fuel efficient production car, the revolutionary Volkswagen XL1 is being prepared for a limited production run. Volkswagen last showed it at the Geneva Motor Show and plans to get it on the European market by the end of the year. While the United States is unlikely to get access to the 261-mpg ultralight cruiser, Volkswagen may use the car as the basis for a high-performance sports car that will make it here.