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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.
Tags: Hybrid, MPG, 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
The "Connected Car Industry 2013" report, published by Telefonia, goes into great detail about an expected change in the cars of the future. This report calls for the most significant change in the auto industry in many, many decades—a change brought on by consumer demand. What is this major overhaul all about? A built-in internet connection for your car.
The debate over ethanol gas blends seems to be never ending. On one hand, it is cheaper and cleaner, but opponents are quick to point out that it could damage older model cars as well as motorcycles. Where does that leave the debate? At this point, it's at a roaring boil as both sides of the discussion clash. Now throw in a new higher ethanol content blend.
Nissan made a recent move to cut prices on its models in the United States—and competitors are not amused. This is a test of whether or not the auto industry can avoid a price war, and the head of the U.S. operations at Hyundai Motor Company is calling out Nissan for what they say is a bad move.
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.
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.
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Tags: J.D. Power, Quality Rating, General Motors, Trucks
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.
There are some very frustrated and angry safety advocates left behind after a major pushback in the backup camera mandate by the federal government. The ruling has had many waiting for quite some time, and now safety advocates will have to wait another 1-1/2 years before any conclusion will be reached.
Volvo has been working to make itself an automotive technological leader. Over the past few months and years, it's demonstrated or discussed upcoming technologies like car-to-car communications, the SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), and self-charging EV highways. In its latest demonstration, Volvo shows us a car that can park itself.
Tags: Volvo, technology, autonomous driving, self-parking, self-driving cars
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.
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Tags: Costco, Sam's Club, reports, studies, gas, gas prices
The Porsche 918 Spyder, one of the first of a number of upcoming green supercars, is being readied for launch later this year. During the development process, Porsche managed to string a one-minute clip of video together showcasing hot weather testing in Valley of Fire, just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Stuttgart shows what has come of nearly one million miles of testing.