2013 Honda Fit EV receives EPA fuel economy rating of 118 MPGe; highest yet

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City and highway cycle fuel-economy ratings are 132 and 105 MPGe, respectively. The FIT EV’s fuel consumption rating is 29 kWh per 100 miles; EPA-rated annual fuel cost is $500. Honda debuted the 2013 Fit EV at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and announced plans to begin leasing the battery-electric commuter vehicle to customers in select California and Oregon markets during the summer of 2012, followed by an East Coast rollout in 2013.

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EIA: fuel economy standards drive down projected gasoline use; diesel use, product exports rise

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In the US Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) Reference case, more-stringent vehicle fuel economy standards contribute to a decline in motor gasoline consumption through 2040. At the same time, growth in heavy-duty vehicle miles traveled (VMT) is greater than increasing heavy-duty vehicle fuel economy, contributing to rising diesel fuel demand. Click to enlarge.

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Renault introducing three Energy engines in the Mégane Collection 2012; fuel economy up to 67 mpg US

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The Energy dCi 110 diesel offers fuel consumption of 3.5 Renault is introducing three new Energy engines ( earlier post ) in its Mégane Collection 2012: the new turbocharged, gasoline direct-injection Energy TCE 115 di; the Energy dCi 130; and the Energy dCi 110, with NEDC fuel consumption of 3.5 The 1.2-liter Renault Energy TCe 115 is the first Renault gasoline engine to feature direct fuel injection and turbocharging for fuel-efficient performance.

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Study finds hitting thermodynamic sweet spot in dilute, boosted gasoline engines has potential for fuel economy gains between 23% and 58%

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A study by a team led by Dr. Dennis Assanis at the University of Michigan suggests that accessing the “thermodynamic sweet spot” in high-efficiency, dilute, boosted gasoline engines has the potential for vehicle fuel economy gains between 23% and 58%. Recent developments in ignition, boosting, and control systems have opened up new opportunities for highly dilute, high-pressure combustion regimes for gasoline engines.

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Mercedes-Benz introducing diesel E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID with fuel economy of 56 mpg US; gasoline-engined E 400 HYBRID model to follow

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Mercedes-Benz is introducing the new E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID; the luxury-class diesel hybrid offers fuel consumption of 4.2 The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is based on the E 250 CDI, yet has a higher output and approximately 15% lower fuel consumption. This diesel hybrid will be available in the European market as a Saloon and Estate from the third quarter 2012. E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID Click to enlarge.

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New Volkswagen Polo BlueGT with cylinder deactivation offers gasoline engine fuel economy of up to 52 mpg US

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The system was realized with the new 1.4-liter gasoline-fueled TSI of the Polo BlueGT. The TSI develops a power output of 103 kW / 138 hp, with a combined fuel consumption of 4.7 If the Polo BlueGT is ordered with the optional 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), fuel consumption drops further to 4.5 These gasoline engines and the EA288 series diesel engines, which are also new, are technological pillars of the future Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). Polo BlueGT.

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Transonic demonstrates supercritical gasoline operation under low load, medium load, and high speed low load conditions; simulated vehicle fuel economy of 48.8 mpg

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Engineers at Transonic Combustion, a start-up developing a fuel efficient supercritical (SC) fuel injection and combustion system—Transonic Combustion, or TSCi ( earlier post )—have demonstrated the TSCi process using gasoline fuel at low load without EGR, medium load with EGR, and high speed low load with EGR. Using engine test data, Transonic simulated vehicle fuel consumption for a vehicle over the NEDC drive cycle using a 4-cylinder, 1.6L

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DOE and EPA release annual fuel economy guide with 2013 models

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2013 Fuel Economy Guide. This year, for the first time, EPA and DOE have added a second top ten list of most efficient vehicles—separating advanced technology vehicles from conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles. The 2013 guide provides an estimated annual fuel cost for each vehicle.

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EPA trends report sees record levels of average new vehicle fuel economy and CO2 emissions for MY 2012; role of new gasoline vehicle technologies

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EPA projects advanced transmissions (6+ speeds and CVTs), gasoline direct injection (GDI) systems, and turbocharged engines will be installed on at least 15% of all MY 2013 vehicles. The majority of the emissions and fuel savings from current vehicles, EPA noted, is due to new gasoline vehicle technologies. The final model year (MY) 2012 adjusted, real world CO 2 emissions rate is 376 g/mi—a 22 g/mi decrease (-5.5%) relative to MY 2011. square feet in MY 2012.

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2011 edition of EPA Fuel Economy Trends report shows several advanced powertrain technologies making significant gains

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The average fuel efficiency for new cars and light duty trucks has increased while the average carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions continue to decrease for the seventh consecutive year, according to the 2011 edition of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual report, “Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2011.”. In terms of market share, gasoline direct injection doubled in MY 2010 (from 4.2%

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UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles in US down slightly in April from March

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in April was 23.9 The drop likely reflects the slight reduction in the price of gasoline towards the end of April, according to Dr. Michael Sivak, Director, Sustainable Worldwide Transportation, UMTRI. in February 2012 (an improvement of 19% since October 2007). mpg (9.84 L/100 km), according to the latest figures from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

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UMTRI: Average fuel economy of new vehicles in US in August was 23.8 mpg, up from July

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in August was 23.8 The improvement from July to August most likely reflects the increased price of gasoline, they suggested. The EDI takes into account both vehicle fuel economy and distance driven (the latter relying on data that are published with a two-month lag). Average sales-weighted fuel economy.

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Ford expects 95 MPGe combined fuel economy, 20-mile all electric range from C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid

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Ford expects the new Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid (PHEV) ( earlier post ) to achieve more than 20 miles of electric-only range and a 550-mile overall range on a single tank of fuel. Fuel economy is the equivalent of 95 miles per gallon (MPGe) (2.5L/100km equivalent) combined city/highway. The C-MAX Hybrid (conventional version) is projected to have fuel economy of 47 mpg on the city cycle.

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Ford introduces new Transit family in North America; emphasis on improved fuel economy in commercial vehicle segment

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With the full size Transit, Ford is moving from an exclusively gasoline engine lineup of two V8s and a V10 in the E-Series to offering a standard 3.7-liter V6, the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine used in Ford F-150 and an all-new 3.2-liter Power Stroke Diesel option ( earlier post ). Ford says that the Transit will achieve an average of 25% better fuel economy and haul at least 300 pounds more than today’s E-Series. Engines Fleets Fuel Efficiency

Volkswagen launches second-generation Santana; up to 28% improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions

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The new Sanata improves fuel economy and CO 2 emissions by up to 28% compared to the previous model. The Santana is powered exclusively by naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engines of the newly developed EA 211 gasoline engine series. The 1.4-liter version produces 66 kW / 90 PS / 89 hp and has a combined fuel consumption of 5.9 l/100 km (40 mpg US), while the 1.6-liter has 81 kW / 110 PS / 109 hp and fuel consumption of 6.0

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UMTRI: average sales-weighted fuel economy of purchased new vehicles in US dropped 0.2 mpg in May from April

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The average sales-weighted fuel economy (adjusted EPA window sticker value) of new vehicles purchased in the US dropped 0.2 L/100km), likely reflecting the slight reduction the price of gasoline, according to the monthly report from researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). UMTRI average sales-weighted fuel economy. The sales-weighted CAFE (unadjusted mpg) for May 2012 was 29.1

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UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in US in June edging downward from previous months

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in June was 23.6 However, the fuel economy in June was down 0.1 mpg from the peak in March), likely reflecting the continuing reduction in the price of gasoline. The EDI takes into account both vehicle fuel economy and distance driven (the latter relying on data that are published with a two-month lag). Average sales-weighted fuel economy.

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Chevrolet Cruze improves fuel economy by 2 mpg for 2012

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For 2012, Chevrolet Cruze models with the 1.4L turbo and six-speed automatic transmission will deliver 2 mpg better fuel economy. A lower axle ratio for the 2012 models enables the approximately 5% increase in highway fuel efficiency for Cruze. Cruze Eco with the standard six-speed manual transmission remains the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered/non-hybrid vehicle in the US, with an EPA-rated 42 mpg (5.6

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Downspeeding and supercharging with transmission optimization can deliver fuel economy improvement over downspeeding and turbocharging

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Researchers from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and Eaton have demonstrated the application of downspeeding and supercharging a diesel vehicle, in conjunction with optimizing transmission gear ratios and the shift schedule, to deliver a greater improvement in fuel economy than a downsped and turbocharged configuration. The shift schedule optimization technique resulted in fuel economy gains of up to 12.2% The team presented its work at the SAE 2012 World Congress.

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Honda boosts performance and fuel economy on 2013 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe using new Li-ion pack

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The 2013 Honda CR-Z goes on sale 21 November with a number of powertrain, styling and feature upgrades, including a new Li-ion battery pack that replaces the NiMH pack in the MY 2012 CR-Z hybrid and delivers more power and improved fuel economy. The new, more powerful Lithium-ion battery pack helps boost EPA-rated fuel economy figures by 1 mpg city for CVT equipped models, and 1 mpg highway for CR-Z models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.

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UMTRI: average US new vehicle fuel economy in September drops

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The average fuel-economy (window-sticker) value of new vehicles sold in the US in September was 24.6 mpg from August, likely reflecting the recent reduction in the price of gasoline, they suggested. Despite this drop, vehicle fuel economy is up 4.5 The average fuel economy of model year 2013 vehicles (vehicles sold October 2012 through September 2013) was 24.7 mpg from model year 2012 vehicles.

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Fuel economy of new cars reaches record highs in US

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The fuel economy of new cars in the US is improving and is now 14 per cent higher than four years ago, according to new research from the University of Michigan. While the US might comparatively seem like a country care-free of the cost of fuel (despite rising costs, petrol-or gasoline to our American friends-is [.]. Green credentials fuel economy University of Michigan USA

Ford launching major new product push in Europe; fuel economy and 1.0L EcoBoost engine; first Ford full hybrid car for Europe

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At a “Go Further with Ford” event in Amsterdam, Ford Motor Company detailed plans for an aggressive product acceleration in Europe, targeting opportunities for growth in the large car, SUV and commercial vehicle segments while emphasizing fuel economy and enabling technologies such as the EcoBoost engines. Ford projects that two-thirds of all the company’s vehicles in Europe will be leaders, or among the very best, in terms of fuel efficiency by 2013.

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Japan Ministries propose light commercial vehicle fuel economy standards for 2022

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In a policy update, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) reports that Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) have finalized new proposed fuel economy standards for light- and medium-duty commercial vehicles with gross vehicle weights less than 3.5 l/100 km) in 2012. Per-model targets will be developed as a function of body and fuel type, transmission, and curb mass.

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US gasoline use slumps in 2012

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Have Americans finally got the message about vehicles with better fuel economy… or are gas prices simply driving people away from the pump? Either way, US gasoline consumption slumped during the first quarter of 2012. According to figures from the US Energy Information Administration, gasoline usage, which averaged 8.5million barrels per day, are now down [.]. Green cars Green credentials Latest news gasoline gasoline demand green cars petrol demand USA

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Pinnacle 4-stroke opposed-piston SI engine shows fuel economy improvements of between 30-60% at light loads, 12-30% at medium loads over conventional

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Pinnacle Engines, the developer of a high compression ratio, four-stroke, spark-ignited (SI), opposed-piston, sleeve-valve architecture engine ( earlier post ) reports that the most basic configuration of its engine has shown improvements in indicated specific fuel consumption (ISFC) of between 30-60% at light load and 12-30% at medium-load compared to a comparably sized conventional poppet-valve technology engine. Comparison of ISFC (@42.9

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EPA annual report on CO2, fuel economy and technology trends finds 2012 heading for all-time best; rapid adoption of new technologies

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Adjusted CO 2 emissions and adjusted fuel economy, MY 1975-2011. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual report summarizing key trends in carbon dioxide emissions, fuel economy, and CO 2 - and fuel economy-related technology for gasoline- and diesel-fueled personal vehicles sold in the United States, from model years (MY) 1975 through 2012. l/100 km) or more has increased by 71%, from 38 in 2007 to 65 in 2012.

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GM applying new intake valve lift control technology in 2.5L Ecotec for 2014 Impala; up to 1 mpg fuel economy boost

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GM estimates the fuel savings at up to one mile per gallon, according to Mike Anderson, GM global chief engineer for Ecotec engines. It is the first of its kind for low-friction roller-type finger-follower valvetrains in gasoline engines, GM says. Impala’s three powertrains all feature fuel-saving direct injection and lightweight components. engine works with the eAssist system to provide electrical assist in certain conditions to help save fuel.

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Weighty cars reduced fuel economy improvements, report finds

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Improvements in the fuel economy of cars is being hindered by the increasing weight and power of cars according to new research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Contrary to common perception, automakers have actually made huge leaps in the fuel efficiency of cars in recent decades through advancements in technology, the Institute reports. [.]. Latest news emissions gasoline heavy Massachusetts Institute of Technology research weight

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NSF and DOE form Partnership on Advanced Combustion Engines; goal 25-40% better LDV fuel economy and 55% BTE in heavy-duty engines; $12M in awards for FY 2012-2014

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The high-level performance goals of the Partnership are a 25-40% improvement in fuel economy in a light-duty vehicle (LDV) and achieving 55% brake thermal efficiency (BTE) in heavy-duty engine systems. The Directorate for Engineering is now seeking proposals (NSF 12-559) for awards totalling up to $12 million for FY 2012, 2013, and 2014, pending availability of funds. bio-derived) fuels have the potential to dramatically increase fuel economy.

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BMW upgrading 1 and 3 Series models with focus on fuel economy and emissions; BMW 114d to debut with 1.6L diesel

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BMW is making a number of enhancements to its 1 and 3 Series in fall 2012. Too, the BMW 320i EfficientDynamics Edition Sedan will be available as the first gasoline-driven model with additionally enhanced technology for reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. In future, there will be a choice of four diesel and two gasoline engines for the new BMW 3 Series Touring. Average fuel consumption is between 4.1 This results in an average fuel consumption of 5.3

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Average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in US in June drops slightly from May

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The average fuel-economy (window-sticker) value of new vehicles sold. reduction likely reflects the recent drop in the price of gasoline, they suggested. Overall, however, the monthly average fuel economy for new vehicles is up 4.6 Sales-weighted adjusted average fuel economy. The average fuel economy of model year 2013 vehicles sold thus far. October 2012 through June 2013) is 24.6 from model year 2012 vehicles.

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New 2012 Honda Civic lineup boosts fuel economy in all models; Hybrid and HF offer 40+ mpg

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The entire redesigned ninth-generation Honda Civic lineup will become more fuel efficient with two models—the all-new 2012 Honda Civic HF and the Civic Hybrid—each delivering fuel economy estimates of more than 40 mpg (5.9 The Civic HF model will be the most fuel-efficient gasoline-only powered Civic in the lineup when it launches this spring. Engines Fuel Efficiency Hybrids

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UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in December in US down from November

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The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in December was 23.9 mpg (or 19%) from the value in October 2007 (the first month of monitoring); however, the fuel economy in December was down 0.2 mpg from November, likely reflecting the recent reduction in the price of gasoline, they suggested. Average sales-weighted fuel economy of purchased new vehicles for October 2007 through December 2012.

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Review: 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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As the demand for SUVs grows and remains strong, so too does the desire for larger hybrid models that can accommodate the needs of the whole family and still deliver some measure of fuel economy. If that’s what you’re looking for, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid fits the bill. Specifically, it is a full-size SUV with great fuel economy. The 2012 Escalade Hybrid gets 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. A No Compromise Hybrid SUV.

2012 Hyundai Accent first to receive 1.6L GDI Gamma engine; 18% improvement in highway fuel economy to 40 mpg

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Hyundai Motor America introduced the all-new 2012 Accent at the New York International Auto Show; this marks the US debut of the latest version of the popular subcompact sedan and the new Accent five-door. The 2012 Accent is slated to hit dealerships this summer. The 2012 Accent is the first vehicle to receive the all-new 1.6-liter GDI Gamma engine ( earlier post ), paired with proprietary six-speed automatic or manual transmissions. Total fuel savings.

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Toyota introduces 7th generation Camry for 2012 with improved fuel economy and performance across all models; ~39% jump in EPA city cycle fuel economy for the hybrid

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2012 Camry Hybrid. The 2012 Camry again offers three powertrain choices, all of which have been enhanced for 2012 to provide better fuel economy and more responsive performance: a revised 2.5L, 4-cylinder gasoline engine; an enhanced 3.5-liter V6; and a highly revised version of the Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain for the Camry Hybrid, including a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (the new 2AR-FXE, a variant of the Camry 2AR-FE 2.5L). Gasoline-only models.

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EPA annual trends report finds new vehicle fuel economy at record 24.1 mpg; new powertrain technologies rapidly gaining share

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EPA released the latest edition of its annual report on trends in CO 2 emissions, fuel economy and powertrain technology for new personal vehicles in the US. Fuel economy has now increased in eight of the last nine years; average carbon dioxide emissions are also at a record low of 369 g/mile in model year 2013. The majority of the carbon and oil savings from current vehicles is due to new gasoline vehicle technologies, the report observed. Fuel economy.

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Mitsubishi to unveil Outlander PHEV at 2012 Paris Motor Show

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will present the global debut of the new Outlander SUV plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month. The Outlander PHEV, which combines a Twin Motor 4WD system comprising two 60 kW independent electric motors (one on each axle); a 12 kWh Li-ion battery pack; and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder MIVEC gasoline engine, has a targeted fuel economy in excess of 61 km/liter (143.5

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EPA, DOT Propose New Fuel Economy Labels; Addressing GHG Emissions, Fuel Consumption and Advanced Technology Vehicles

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From left to right: EV, PHEV, gasoline/diesel, gasoline/diesel. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are jointly proposing changes to the fuel economy labels consumers see on the window of new vehicles in dealer showrooms. One label design prominently features a letter grade (ranging from A+ to D) to communicate the vehicle’s overall fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions performance.

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Ford to offer cylinder deactivation for 1.0L EcoBoost in 2018; 6% fuel economy boost; global first for a 3-cylinder

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liter EcoBoost gasoline engine with innovative cylinder deactivation technology for further reducing CO 2 emissions and improving fuel efficiency by up to 6%. EcoBoost with cylinder deactivation will debut in early 2018, becoming the first production three-cylinder engine with that fuel-saving feature. Engines Fuel Efficiency Vehicle SystemsFord will offer the multi-award-winning 1.0‑liter

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Opel presents new midsize gasoline engine at Aachen Colloquium; fuel consumption down 13%, torque and power up 33%

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Opel revealed more details about its new mid-size gasoline engine family at the Aachen Colloquium in Germany. The all-new 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, SIDI (spark ignition direct injection) ECOTEC Turbo engines, which begin Opel’s renewal of its powertrain portfolio, deliver improved fuel consumption, performance and refinement. CO 2 emissions and fuel consumption have been cut by 13% compared to the predecessor engine, while peak torque and peak power have been increased by up to 33%.

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Mitsubishi Motors to launch new Mirage global compact in Japan; 1.0L gasoline engine with 64 mpg US

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M and G trim levels employ Eco Drive Assist which promotes smarter and more fuel-efficient driving. With AS&G (Auto Stop & Go, i.e., a stop-start system) and other technologies applied, the M and G trim levels achieve fuel economy of 27.2 L/100km) on the JC08 cycle, making the Mirage the most fuel efficient registered gasoline car in Japan. This figure is more than 20% better than Japan’s 2015 Fuel Efficiency Standards. Engines Fuel Efficiency

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