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VW to Speed Production of Ultra-Efficient Mini-Car

VW to Speed Production of Ultra-Efficient Mini-Car

U.K.'s Autocar reports that VW is speeding a small, Smart-size two-seat minicar to market. They claim that "in its most economical form," the little vee-dub will return 141 mpg, emit less than 60 g/kg of CO2, and rely on nothing but good old internal combustion. How does VW plan to stretch the... read more

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Colin Veg Conversion #4

Benz Veggie Conversion: The Nuts and Bolts

With the domestic auto industry collapsing around us (and keeping bloggers typing away madly), I've had little time to report on the host of mechanical changes I've been... read more November 20, 2008 by 7

2009 VW Jetta TDI

VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel Tech Brought to You by Robert Bosch LLC

Launched in 1886 as a "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering," Bosch has been in on diesel technology since fellow German Rudolf Diesel introduced his... read more November 20, 2008 by 2

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

VW Jetta TDI Is First Diesel Named "Green Car of the Year"

The first diesel ever to take the title "Green Car Of the Year," Volkswagen's '09 Jetta TDI clean diesel was awarded the title at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The VW beat out a... read more November 20, 2008 by 1

2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

2010 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Shows in LA

In an L.A. Auto Show press conference preceded by Red Bull girls handing out their company's energy-boosting elixir, the audience attending VW's shindig stayed awake long... read more November 20, 2008 by 0

2009 VW Phaeton

VW Resuscitates Phaeton with New Infotainment, Improved Drivetrains

VW breathes new life into the slow-selling Phaeton luxury vehicle with new infotainment systems and thoroughly reworked drivetrains. The infotainment systems, known as RCD... read more November 17, 2008 by 2

2009 BMW 335d

2009 BMW 335d, X5 xDrive 35d Priced

BMW's first clean diesels are set for a public unveiling next week at the Los Angeles auto show--and today they've had a price put on their heads. The new Bimmer diesels will... read more November 12, 2008 by 3

Hyundai diesel R-engine

New Hyundai Diesels to Hit Market in 2010

Yet another round of uber-efficient, squeaky-clean new diesel engines is set to hit the European market. This time from Korean automaker Hyundai, the new "R-engine," reports... read more November 5, 2008 by 0

Razor-strop Fungus

"Mycodiesel" Discovered--In Northern Patagonian Tree Fungus

Montana State University plant scientist Gary Strobel was shocked to discover that a fungus growing inside the ulmo tree secretes a compound that "could be used in a modern... read more November 5, 2008 by 2

2009 Audi A4

Taxpayers Help Automakers: Whom Would You Bet Your Money On?

In the December issue of Automobile Magazine, editor Jamie Kitman excoriates American auto manufacturers. He claims they should've seen the handwriting on the wall with the... read more November 3, 2008 by 5

VW Queue

VW Profits Up 28 Percent for Third Quarter

Product and market diversity--that's the name of the game for one of the world's largest automakers. That savvy strategy is giving VW solid profit growth even in the midst of... read more October 30, 2008 by 0

2009 Acura TSX

Acura TSX Diesel Delayed "Indefinitely"

Say it ain't so. We guess that's what you get for speculation. When CEO of Honda Motors, Takeo Fukui, announced at the last NAIAS that Honda would be bringing its first-ever... read more October 28, 2008 by 4

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI in Top 10 for Gas Mileage

Last week, the EPA released its list of the 2009 most fuel-efficient vehicles. Both the 2009 Volksagen Jetta TDI sedan and the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI made the... read more October 27, 2008 by 2

Charles F. Kettering

Charles Kettering Is Alive and Well

Or the spirit of GM's genius engineer from the early 1900s, anyway, seems to be burning brightly in the R&D laboratories of General Motors. Automotive News explained that... read more October 23, 2008 by 2

2009 BMW 335d

2009 BMW 335d: First Drive

We're sounding like a diesel cheerleading squad of late--Colin Mathews is jittering with jealousy just reading this, he's such an oil-burner freak--but there's all sorts of... read more October 21, 2008 by 5

2009 Mercedes Benz GL Class 3.0L BlueTec

Diesel Urea Injection: Fact and Fiction

Myths abound about the new generation of clean diesels set to sweep the marketplace this fall (Mercedes E, R, ML, and GL, BMW 3 Series and X5, Audi Q7, Q5, A4, A3, VW Jetta... read more October 20, 2008 by 8


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