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

Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California
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»

1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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»

Natural Gas Hybrid Camry
Two Tales Of Texas Tell Different Stories About Big Oil

We all know that oil is a limited resource. We also know that America is hugely dependent on the stuff, and that much of it comes from foreign sources, which puts the U.S. in some awkward positions, politically, economically, and strategically. Most of us also know that emissions from gas-powered...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe rendering
2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe (Formerly Known As The CL)

Major automakers spend a lot of time and energy developing product lines to fit every nook and cranny of their client base. Nowhere is that more evident than at Mercedes-Benz, where the nomenclature shell game is expected to transform the beloved CL into the new S-Class Coupe for the 2011 model...Read More»

2010 Bentley Continental Supersports
Bentley Launches New, Possibly Hybrid Powertrain In 2011

Bentley isn't known for making gas-sippers. In fact, some of its current models rank among the least fuel-efficient in the country (down to the single digits). But that reputation may change a bit when Bentley launches its new, top-secret powertrain in 2011. There's speculation that the engine may...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
German Luxury Brands Face Uncertain Future In U.S.

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, new fuel efficiency and emissions regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation could have a serious impact on gas-guzzling luxury vehicles. If approved as they stand in draft form, the regulations provide very...Read More»

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Automakers: More Ethanol In Gas Might Lead To More Problems

Fill up at almost any pump today and you're likely to see a reminder that what you think of as gasoline can contain up to 10 percent ethanol. The effect of that much ethanol on your car is relatively benign; it's been allowed since 1978 and over more than three decades the ethanol, mostly sourced...Read More»

Barack Obama
New Regs Seek 5% Annual Boost In Efficiency Through 2016

Yesterday, President Obama unveiled the new auto emissions and efficiency standards that we've been expecting since last week. Those regulations, which kick in during the 2012 model year, require an annual boost in fuel efficiency of around 5%, with a target of reaching 35.5 mpg by calendar year...Read More»

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Chamber Of Commerce, NADA Oppose EPA's California Ruling

Earlier this week, we mentioned that the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency were preparing to release their first-ever joint regulations -- specifically, regulations on fuel efficiency and emissions. The document is intended to create a consistent, nationwide...Read More»

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Nationwide Emissions Regulations May Be Released This Week

Environmentalists and bureaucrats have reason to celebrate: the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency are preparing to issue their first-ever joint regulations. The topic at hand will be automobile emissions levels and fuel-efficiency, the latter of which is...Read More»

'Please Stop the Idling' rap, sponsored by Livable Streets Initiative
Not-So-Idle Kids Rap About Idling In Traffic

We're all about education here at TCC, and we think programs like the Livable Streets Initiative's "Street Films" project are pretty gosh darned awesome -- especially when they encourage kids to think about transportation, the environment, pollution, and anything else besides MySpace and the...Read More»

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The Long Wait Is Over—EPA Upholds California Emissions Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today granted California a long-anticipated Clean Air Act Waiver. Under it, California—along with 13 other states—will enforce its own emissions standards until the 2012 model year, when the federal government will begin phasing in new national standards...Read More»

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