Fuel Efficiency

Confirmed: 2013 BMW 3-Series Will Have Four-Cylinder Engine
Confirmed: 2013 BMW 3-Series Will Have Four-Cylinder Engine

At the Frankfurt auto show, German automaker BMW has confirmed that the next-generation BMW 3-Series will offer a four-cylinder engine. But it’s still two and a half years away. The twin-turbocharged four-cylinder would likely be offered alongside its much-loved in-line six-cylinder engines, as...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»

2009 Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept
Mercedes-Benz S500 Concept for Frankfurt: Plug-In Hybrid S-Class

The Frankfurt Auto Show this year is all about green cars: highly fuel efficient clean diesels, electric cars, and plug-in hybrids. It's where the German automakers offer up their sexiest concept cars. So the photos of the eagerly awaited Mercedes-Benz "Vision" concept car are a bit of a shock: It...Read More»

2009 Fiat 500
Compact Owners Want Higher MPG, Unwilling To Downsize Again

American shoppers want more fuel-efficient future cars, but they might not be willing to downsize very much—or do without the features of larger vehicles. That’s what the latest study from the California-based market-research firm AutoPacific indicates. As part of a study called “Small Cars...Read More»

Fisker Karma
2010 Fisker Karma Releases Fuel-Efficiency Stats

Upstart automaker Fisker doesn't grab as many headlines as the brasher, snazzier Tesla, to which it is frequently compared. But that may change with the release of efficiency stats for the 2010 Fisker Karma: an impressive 67 miles per gallon, with CO2 emissions around 83g/km (134g/mile). That...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»

2010 Chevrolet Aveo LT w/1LT
Friendly, Fuel-Sipping Chevy Aveo: Even Used In Bank Robberies!

The practical, fuel efficient Chevrolet Aveo can save you money both on the purchase price and the gasoline it sips in use. The four-door sedan seats four, and the hatchback offers easily accessible load space for canvas sacks stuffed with banknotes. But if you're going to use it for a getaway...Read More»

2010 Dodge Caliber R/T
2010 Dodge Caliber: Better Interior, Fewer Engines, More MPG

For 2010, Chrysler has slimmed down the choices on its Dodge Caliber hatchback and spiffed up the interior, to make the car more competitive with the best of its class. It now offers just two engines and two transmissions, slightly improving the gas mileage. We've never rated the Caliber...Read More»

Cash for Clunkers banner with Mercury Sable, Albany, New York
Want Clunker Cash? Stop Reading, Call Your Dealer, It Ends Today

If you've got a clunker you've been meaning to trade in, you'd better take the rest of the day off, 'cause the whole Cash-for-Clunkers program winds up at 8 pm tonight. Here's our checklist of steps for anyone who's still hoping to get those $3,500 or $4,500 rebates for a new car that gets at least...Read More»

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Mazda Cautious On Hybrids, Diesels; Committed To Higher MPG

If you're a U.S. shopper looking for a Mazda in the next several years, it probably won't be a hybrid, an electric vehicle, or even a diesel. Instead of focusing on any one of those costly technologies in its upcoming vehicles, Mazda is planning to deliver a full range of lighter vehicles that...Read More»

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Chevrolet Astro Cargo Van Owners: Your 2010 Ford Transit Connect Is Here

Over at our sister site GreenCarReports.com, we've been following the launch of the 2010 Ford Transit Connect van with keen interest. It's a vehicle that has very few direct competitors in the US, though in Europe, there are more than a dozen small urban delivery vans like it. Rated by the EPA at...Read More»

Badge on 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
12 Born-In-The-U.S.A. Fuel Sippers

Want American-made and fuel-efficient? A small car, too? You don't have many choices. Shoppers are valuing fuel efficiency more than before, especially now that they might be able to take advantage of a $4,500 Cash-for-Clunkers incentive. While there are plenty of stars-and-stripes-waving larger...Read More»

2009 teaser shot of Buick crossover plug-in hybrid, a rebadged Saturn Vue quickly dubbed the 'Vuick'
GM Reveals New, Smaller 2011 Buick Crossover (Nee Saturn Vue)

General Motors announced today that Buick will launch a five-passenger crossover next year, with a plug-in hybrid version to follow in 2011. And it looks to us like the Saturn Vue is getting a three-shields makeover. GM released an image of the new Buick crossover's grille. Which looks a whole lot...Read More»

Clunkers
UPDATE: GOP Will Oppose Cash-For-Clunkers in Senate

Last week, we reported that the US House of Representatives voted 316 to 109 to pass HR 3445, which allocates another $2 billion to Cash-for-Clunkers from an energy-loan guarantee program. A backlog of dealer paperwork and unexpectedly high consumer interest means the program may already have run...Read More»

2010 Honda Insight and 2010 Toyota Prius
Mileage Match-Up: 2010 Honda Insight vs 2010 Toyota Prius

Toyota’s Prius is more than just a high-mileage model; it’s a global green-car icon, with well over a million sold throughout the world. This year marks an all-new third generation of the Prius in the U.S.; the 2010 Toyota Prius promises even better fuel economy plus improved acceleration, a...Read More»

2010 Honda Insight - 57 mpg
Driven: 2010 Honda Insight

When TheCarConnection.com took our first drive of the 2010 Honda Insight late last year, we predicted that despite the Insight's relatively simple mild hybrid system, "In the real world, nearly all owners are likely to see results above 40 mpg, no matter what type of driving." After a follow-up...Read More»

Nissan Gen 2 CVT
Nissan Promises An Improved CVT

If you want to get an automatic transmission—as most car shoppers prefer—on a Nissan, you'll most likely end up with a CVT. That's, to put it as simply as possible, a belt-and-pulley system rather than gears and hydraulics. Nissan has just announced that the CVT it uses across most of its...Read More»

Sample auto analysis from FuelClinic.com
FuelClinic.com Wants To Make Your Guzzler Greener

Sure, we'd all love to get a few more miles to the gallon, but not everyone can afford to run out and buy a newer, greener vehicle -- nor would everyone want to. Now, some folks are saying that they can boost the fuel efficiency of your current car or truck by 10% - 20%. For free. All you have to...Read More»

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