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

Nitro Circus monster truck. Photo courtesy of Monster Jam.
EPA May Soften 2025 Fuel Economy Standards To Let Americans Keep Their Trucks & SUVs

Four years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a plan to boost fuel economy dramatically by the year 2025. Though things aren't progressing as quickly as some had hoped, a few months ago, the EPA insisted that automakers can still achieve a 54.5 mpg fleet-wide fuel economy within ten...Read More»

Clunkers
Gas-Guzzlers Are On The Road To Extinction

Once upon a time, it was common to find new cars with fuel economy ratings of just 12 or 15 miles per gallon. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, though, those vehicles are much, much harder to come by today. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle explain that as...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»

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EPA Says U.S. Is On-Track To Meet 2025 Fuel Economy Goals, Despite Slow Start

In 2011, the federal government unveiled fuel economy standards for the year 2025, setting a fleet-wide goal of 54.5 mpg for all automakers selling vehicles in the U.S. According to Auto News, the Environmental Protection Agency says that car companies are on-track to meet those goals, despite a...Read More»

2012 Kia Soul
Did MPG Overstatement Affect Hyundai And Kia Resale Values?

Owners of certain Hyundai and Kia models—and perhaps officials at those automakers—have cause to breathe a sigh of relief. That's because after a scandal in which the two brands were found to have reported EPA fuel economy numbers that were up to 6 mpg higher than true test numbers...Read More»

2014 Kia Soul
Hyundai & Kia Cough Up $395 Million To Address Misstated MPGs

In the fall of 2012, Hyundai and Kia were staring down the barrel of some massively bad press. Consumers had complained so long and so loudly about real-world gas mileage compared to the two brands' fuel economy claims, the EPA decided to investigate. The findings landed Hyundai and Kia squarely on...Read More»

Fuel economy trends through MY 2013 (via UMTRI)
Auto Industry Exceeds Low Expectations: Good News, Bad News For Fuel Economy

Back in 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency issued new standards for corporate average fuel economy -- CAFE for short. While the regulations themselves are fairly complex, the gist is that automakers will have to achieve fleet-wide fuel...Read More»

2014 GMC Sierra 1500
2014 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra V-6 Gas Mileage Official At 18 MPG City

Since our first drives of the 2014 GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado, we've been waiting for GM to release fuel-economy figures for its excellent new V-6 engine. They're out today, and in some official EPA ratings, they rival Chrysler's Ram 1500 and its high-economy special editions. The 4.3-liter V-6...Read More»

Cadillac ELR
GM Is First U.S. Automaker To Sell 1 Million 30-MPG Cars In A Year

People in the health and fashion industries are fond of saying things like, "30 is the new 20". Now, automakers are saying it, too -- at least when it comes to fuel economy. Thirty miles per gallon is a sweet spot in the auto industry -- far better than the underwhelming 20 mpg threshold, but not...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Following In Hyundai's Footsteps, Ford Sued Over C-Max, Fusion Fuel Economy

CORRECTION: See below It's been an interesting couple of years for Ford. The automaker is still riding a wave of popularity in the wake of its decision not to take bailout dough from the federal government during the Great Recession. Along the way, Ford's reputation has been buffed by some truly...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ford Stands Firm On Fusion, C-Max Fuel Economy Claims: UPDATED

UPDATED: See below* U.S. headlines were still focused on Hyundai and Kia's fuel-economy flubs when folks on the internet turned their attention to the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid. Both vehicles have been criticized in the press for not meeting their advertised fuel efficiency, and now...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
EPA Will Review 2013 Ford Fusion, C-Max Fuel Economy Claims

Two weeks ago, we mentioned that the Hyundai/Kia fuel-economy fiasco was turning heads in Congress and suggested that this could cause the Environmental Protection Agency to take a closer look at other vehicles. That's now happening. According to AutoNews, the EPA will review complaints about the...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Hyundai, Kia MPG Flap Reaches Congress, May Spark Other Probes

Is your car as efficient as it's supposed to be? Can you achieve the EPA estimates found on its window sticker? The Hyundai/Kia fuel-economy flap has many drivers -- and members of Congress -- asking these same questions. Brace yourselves: investigations of other makes and models could be just...Read More»

2013 Kia Soul
Hyundai, Kia Owners Seek $775 Million Over Fuel Economy Fibs

Less than a week after the Environmental Protection Agency announced that not one, not two, but 13 Hyundai and Kia models failed to meet their advertised fuel-economy ratings, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against the two Korean automakers. According to Reuters, the suit -- which hasn't...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
EPA Red-Flags Hyundai Elantra, Kia Sorento, 11 Others For Gas Mileage Ratings

The Environmental Protection Agency has revealed that Hyundai and Kia misstated fuel economy stats on 13 models from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 model years, including on best-sellers such as the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Sorento. As a result the Korean automakers have been ordered to amend window...Read More»

Michelle Obama at a soundcheck before the 2012 Democratic National Convention
Democratic Platform Says: We (Re)built This Auto Industry

Last week, the GOP issued its official Republican Party platform, and in that long, winding document were several items of interest for drivers -- namely, a statement against pay-as-you-drive taxes for motorists and harsh criticism of the Environmental Protection Agency. Hopefully, you had the...Read More»

2012 Republican National Convention
GOP Platform Speaks Out Against Monitoring Of Cars, EPA Regs

Forget John Grisham and Stephen King: if you want some good beach reading this Labor Day weekend, break out a copy of the official Republican party platform, which was ratified yesterday in Tampa. (The Democratic platform may be equally entertaining, but unfortunately, it won't be available until...Read More»

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Fuel Economy Hits All-Time High

Earlier this year, we told you that the average fuel economy for new vehicles sold in the U.S. had hit a record high of 22.9 mpg. Now, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, fuel economy has crept up again and crossed the 24 mpg mark. The data comes from UMTRI...Read More»

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