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Sacre vroom! Paris bans cars in the city center
Sacre vroom! Paris bans cars in the city center

Air pollution is a major problem in many city centers. So, what's the solution? The powers-that-be in Paris, France think it's banning older cars. That ban goes into effect on July 1 and will affect cars registered before 1997. (Motorcycles registered before June 1, 1999 will be included in the...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate Fixes Slammed By CARB & EPA For "Gaps" & Lack Of Detail: What Now?

Wolfsburg, we have a problem. Yesterday, we told you about a couple of plans that Volkswagen may have been considering to fix roughly 567,000 U.S. diesels and bring them in line with federal and state emissions laws. Alas, those and other plans have been given a big ol' thumbs-down by the...Read More»

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All VW, Audi, Porsche Diesels Have Had Illegal Software Since 2009: U.S. Fines May Hit $21.2 Billion

Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal continues its gruesome shock-and-awe assault on the world's headlines. Late last week, the automaker finally admitted that the Environmental Protection Agency was correct when it said that Volkswagen had installed illegal emissions control software on its 3.0-liter...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate Cheat Sheet: The High (And Low) Points So Far

We're nearly two months into the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, and thanks to the internet (not to mention Planet Earth's 24-hour news cycle), the story of what went wrong and what Volkswagen is doing to fix it is more complicated than ever. And so, we'd like to provide a little cheat sheet -- a...Read More»

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EPA Takes Its Emissions Tests Out Of The Labs & Onto The Streets

Lots of people are hoppin' mad about Volkswagen's emissions-test-cheating software, but few are as upset as the folks at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To discover how commonplace Volkswagen's illegal code may be and to ensure that a scandal like this doesn't pop up again, the New York...Read More»

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Volkswagen Shifts Gears, Vows To Focus More Attention On Electric Cars

When you think of eco-friendly car companies, you may not immediately think of Volkswagen. But that could change if policies proposed by the new Volkswagen Brand Board of Management come to fruition. QUESTIONABLE HISTORY Volkswagen's less-than-green image isn't just because of the ongoing...Read More»

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Volkswagen's Very Bad Week: The News 'Til Now

To say that this has been a bad week for Volkswagen would be like saying that John Boehner's resignation this morning was a little surprising, or that Kim Kardashian likes a bit of attention now and then. What began last Friday as a handful of accusations from the Environmental Protection Agency...Read More»

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Hyundai & Kia Fined $360 Million For Faulty MPG Claims (None Of Which Will Fund Electric Cars)

Hyundai and Kia have agreed to a massive $360 million fine, following a two-year-long investigation of the Korean automakers by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Added to the $395 million that Hyundai and Kia have paid to vehicle owners, the companies will have forked over $755 million for...Read More»

2015 Nissan Leaf
How Do Electric Cars Get Cleaner With The New Year?

If you’re buying a new gasoline vehicle, you’d best be happy with its emissions and efficiency today. Because as the vehicle ages, it’s not going to get much better than this. ALSO SEE: Six Most Affordable Vehicles With Third-Row Seating That’s actually not true with battery...Read More»

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Good Job, America: Cars Are Far More Efficient, Cleaner Than 2007

Smaller and more efficient vehicles are becoming more popular in the U.S., so it should be no surprise to learn that fuel economy figures have climbed steadily since 2007. DON'T MISS: Speed Limiters May Be Mandated On 18-Wheelers, Could Cut Top Speed To 68 MPH New data from the University of...Read More»

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U.S. Partners With China To Put Auto Emissions In Check

Once upon a time, when people thought about "smog", they thought of Los Angeles. Then China opened its doors a little wider, and we got a good look at Beijing. The pollution problem is only getting worse. As China makes its long, slow crawl toward something resembling capitalism, its middle class...Read More»

Average sales-weighted U.S. fuel economy, October 2007 through November 2013
New-Car Fuel Economy Has Risen 23% Since 2007

When the folks at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute first began tracking the average fuel economy of new cars sold in the U.S., it was 20.1 mpg. That was in October 2007. Six years and one month later, researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle are happy to report...Read More»

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Study: Hybrid Cars Are Worth The Extra Cash (For City-Dwellers, Anyway)

Hybrid cars can cost thousands of dollars more than their conventional equivalents. The Toyota Camry Hybrid, for example, is priced about $4,000 over its gas-powered twin, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid starts more than $5,000 above the regular Fusion. Are they worth the extra dough? According to a new...Read More»

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CA Passes Landmark Law Requiring Many More Zero-Emission Vehicles

Last Friday, the influential California Air Resources Board adopted new emission rules that will require carmakers to sell increasing number of zero-emission vehicles in the state, starting in 2018. By 2025, fully 15.4 percent of the cars sold annually in California must be zero-emission...Read More»

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Start Stop Technology Likely Coming To Your Next Car

Most of us who grew up driving four-cylinder, carbureted economy cars are familiar with start-stop technology. Thirty years ago, it wasn’t a selling point, but rather the byproduct of carbureted engines attempting to meet ever-stricter emission requirements. The result was a car likely to...Read More»

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No Letter Grade: The Car Industry Breathes A Sigh Of Relief

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration has abandoned the idea of using letter grades to reflect the fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions of new cars. Instead, the administration is expected to announce a new, revised system that will take the place...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
NADA Clarifies Position On California Ruling

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has clarified their position to TheCarConnection concerning a recent court ruling that allows California to continue to pass air pollution standards that are stricter than federal law. The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that NADA and the U.S...Read More»

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California Planning To Retire Cars Earlier

The California Bureau of Auto Repair (BAR) is planning to up the ante on its vehicle retirement program. There are over three million vehicles in California that are 15 years old or older. This is the vehicle population that the BAR regulatory action is targeting. Since older vehicles were...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Blue Oval Gets A Little Greener

We talk a lot about green rides here at TCC -- in fact, the HighGearMedia family boasts several sites that rank eco-friendliness among their top priorities. But as interested as consumers may be in hybrids and EVs and fuel-economy, many also want to see that the companies themselves are operating...Read More»

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