NREL study finds 2nd-generation diesel hybrid delivery vans show significant gains in fuel economy over conventional vans

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Laboratory and in-use fuel economy results Source: NREL. The US Department of Energy’s (DOE)’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report on an 18-month evaluation of in-service second-generation diesel-electric hybrid delivery vans and found significant fuel economy benefits of the hybrids compared to similar conventional vans. The NREL team evaluated fuel economy during equal 5-month periods from different years.

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NREL study finds Class 8 hybrid trucks delivered 13.7% higher fuel economy than conventional diesels in comparable usage

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Laboratory and in-use fuel economy comparison. A performance evaluation of Class 8 hybrid electric tractor trailers (Kenworth T370 hybrid tractors) compared with similar conventional vehicles (Freightliner M2106 standard diesel tractors) by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that hybrid tractors demonstrated 13.7% the hybrid advantage is optimized in routes which include high start-stop density.

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Ford’s math on hybrid fuel economy; standing by the C-MAX EPA ratings, acknowledging large real-world variance

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Raj Nair outlining factors affecting real-world fuel economy in hybrids. At Friday’s event unveiling the new Transit commercial vehicle family for North America ( earlier post ), Ford’s Raj Nair, group vice president global product development, spent some time addressing the issue of the large discrepancy between real-world fuel economy results for the C-MAX hybrid and its EPA fuel economy ratings—47 mpg (5.0 Fuel Efficiency Hybrids

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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. The 92 kW (123 hp) coaxial electric motor generates 189 ft-lb of torque, and is teamed to a chassis with a fully-independent suspension and a driver-selectable 3-mode electric drive system adapted from the CR-Z Sport Hybrid. Electric (Battery) Fuel Efficiency Plug-ins

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Hyundai/Kia to correct overstated fuel economy claims of MY 2012 and 2013 models as result of EPA investigation

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Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America will reduce their fuel economy (mpg) ratings for a number of 2011-13 model year models in showrooms after EPA testing found discrepancies between agency results and data submitted by the company. The changes affect the fuel economy ratings for approximately 900,000, or 35% of, 2011-13 model year vehicles sold through 31 October 2012. The Sonata Hybrid will see a reduction of 1 mpg. Hybrid. Hybrid.

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Demonstration series hydraulic hybrid transit bus yields fuel economy of 6.9 mpg, 110% better than conventional diesel, 30% better than electric hybrids

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The BUSolutions demonstrator LCO-140H (Low Cost of Ownership–1 st 40-foot Hybrid) series hydraulic hybrid transit bus yields fuel economy of 6.9 mpg (34 l/100km) on the industry-standard ADB duty cycle—110% better than conventional diesel buses on the road today and 30% better than the best-in-class electric hybrid buses available today, according to the final report on the project published by the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

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Ford Hybrids' Fuel Economy Failing To Live Up To EPA Ratings?

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It appears that two new hybrid cars from Ford--the 2013 C-Max Hybrid hatchback and the 2013 Fusion Hybrid sedan--may not deliver real-world gas mileage that's anywhere near their 47-mpg EPA ratings. This is starting to look not so good. Automotive journalists have been quietly discussing this for a few weeks, since Ford began releasing C-Max and

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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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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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E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID Click to enlarge. 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. In 2009, Mercedes-Benz introduced the S 400 HYBRID.

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VW Diesel Buyers, Hybrid Buyers: Both Want Fuel Economy, But Beyond That.

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When the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid arrives at dealers in late December or early January, VW will become the only carmaker offering both a diesel engine and a hybrid model of the same compact sedan. Why two such different approaches? Because, Volkswagen says, the audiences for the two cars are actually very different--and there's very little

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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. The 2013 models include efficient and low-emission vehicles in a variety of classes and sizes, but notable this year is the growing availability of hybrids and the increasing number of electric vehicles. The 2013 guide provides an estimated annual fuel cost for each vehicle.

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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.”. Hybrids of all types are projected to grow slightly to 4.0% Fuel Efficiency

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Ford tweaking calibrations to boost on-road fuel economy for MY2013 hybrids

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Ford is boosting the on-road fuel economy performance of its 2013 model year hybrid vehicles in the US and Canada. Starting in August, the company will make calibration updates for owners at dealerships designed to improve on-road fuel economy of the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Combining a “lead foot” with environmental factors can lead to the wide swings in fuel economy results, he said.

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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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The new Mondeo Hybrid is Ford’s first full hybrid car in Europe. 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. The Ford Mondeo Hybrid will be Ford’s first full hybrid-electric vehicle for Europe.

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Ford C-MAX Hybrid to beat Toyota Prius V for fuel economy

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The hybrid car market is becoming increasingly competitive – as is emphasised by Ford openly boasting that it’s new C-MAX Hybrid (pictured) will topple the Toyota Prius V in terms of fuel economy and will come with a lower price. The Ford C-MAX Hybrid is set to return 47mpg highway, compared to the Toyota Prius [.]. Ford Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Ford C-MAX Ford C-MAX Hybrid green cars hybrid cars Toyota Prius V

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Schaeffler bringing thermal management module to North American market; up to 4% improvement in fuel economy

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Through the proactive management of engine, transmission, hybrid component and battery temperature, Schaeffler’s Thermal Management Module improves fuel economy by as much as 4%, according to the company. The engine temperature can also be lowered under full load conditions, reducing knocking and fuel enrichment. Engines Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Systems

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NASA Glenn develops automated flywheel pulse-and-glide system; improving fuel economy up to 40-100%

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Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed an automated pulse-and-glide technique using a flywheel energy storage system for on-road vehicles; the technology, which NASA Glenn says can improve fuel economy over existing internal combustion or battery hybrid systems by 40-100%, is available for licensing.

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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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Lexus reveals fuel economy ratings of new hybrid car

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It has been eagerly anticipated ever since it was unveiled back at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show – and now the new Lexus GS450h (pictured) is ready to hit the road after its official fuel economy ratings were revealed. The new generation hybrid version of the GS350 offers an official combined fuel economy rating of [.]. Green cars Latest news Lexus green cars hybrid cars Lexus GS450h

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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. L/100km), an improvement of 4 mpg compared to the current Civic Hybrid.

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Review: 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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A No Compromise Hybrid SUV. 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. US News says the Escalade Hybrid is in a class of its own. Specifically, it is a full-size SUV with great fuel economy.

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). Hybrid

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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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Average new vehicle CO 2 emissions rate and fuel economy in the US achieved record levels in MY 2012, and have improved in 7 of the last 8 years, according to the newly released Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 - 2013 (the annual “Trends” report) from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). MY 2012 adjusted fuel economy is 23.6 square feet in MY 2012.

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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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2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gives better fuel economy, at same MSRP as EcoBoost mode

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Going against traditional pricing for hybrid cars, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers the advantages and fuel cost savings of the Hybrid, but without the higher price.Hybrid vehicles have long carried a premium price which meant we had to justify

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Review: 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid

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To make these trips more pleasurable and make it easier to find your way, General Motors has added a new color touch-screen navigation and radio system to the 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid. This, combined with the fuel economy of the hybrid, should make the 2012 Tahoe a good choice for the family on the go. Similar high-end safety features are included with the 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid.

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ORNL researchers quantify the effect of increasing highway speed on fuel economy

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Huff Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This website, jointly maintained by the US Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides information such as official EPA “window label” fuel economy estimates for city, highway, and combined driving for all U.S.-legal It also offers consumer information and advice pertaining to vehicle fuel economy and energy-related issues such as driving tips.

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Ford relabels 2013 C-MAX Hybrid to 43 mpg, upgrades 2014 C-MAX Hybrid to boost fuel economy; pitfalls of the EPA “general label” rule

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After re-labeling the 2013 C-MAX Hybrid with lower fuel economy, Ford is upgrading the 2014 C-MAX to increase fuel economy. Ford has opted voluntarily to relabel the 2013 C-MAX Hybrid with revised fuel economy labels following EPA testing of the 2013 C-Max Hybrid. The new fuel economy estimates, as determined by the EPA, for the 2013 C-MAX Hybrid are 45 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 43 mpg combined (5.23, 5.88

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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. Preliminary projections for MY 2012 are 374 g/mi CO 2 emissions and 23.8

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Civic hybrid driver to sue Honda over fuel economy claims

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Honda is to be taken to court by a Californian driver of one of its 2006 model Civic Hybrid cars over claims that the car fails to live up to its fuel economy ratings. Honda Hybrid cars California Civic hybrid lawsuit sueFormer corporate attorney Heather Peters is to take the car giant to the small claims court, avoiding a class-action suit, where [.].

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 report also noted that: Since alternative fuel vehicle production [CNG, PHEVs and EVs] has generally been less than 0.1% Fuel economy.

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UPS updates 125 Workhorse E-GEN series hybrid electric step vans with smaller genset engine for better fuel economy

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UPS announced an update to 125 Workhorse E-GEN series hybrid electric delivery trucks that improve fuel economy as part of the company’s broader Rolling Laboratory approach. The smaller engine will improve fuel economy, however. The updated trucks, which were originally purchased in September 2015, deliver up to four times the fuel economy of a gasoline-powered vehicle, UPS said. Engines Fleets Hybrids Plug-ins

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Magnetic eCVT could replace conventional hybrid mechanical eCVT with likely 1-2% fuel economy improvement and other benefits

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At the SAE 2014 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium in San Diego, Chris Kirby, founder and Managing Director of UK-based Magnomatics , presented an overview of the company’s second-generation MAGSPLIT ( Mag netic Power Split ) eCVT system, a compact magnetic transmission designed to replace both the mechanical planetary gearset and motor/generator that form a typical hybrid powersplit system. In 2012 Magnomatics secured £2.5

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Ford C-MAX Hybrid to beat Toyota Prius V for fuel economy

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The hybrid car market is becoming increasingly competitive – as is emphasised by Ford openly boasting that it’s new C-MAX Hybrid (pictured) will topple the Toyota Prius V in terms of fuel economy and will come with a lower price. The Ford C-MAX Hybrid is set to return 47mpg highway, compared to the Toyota Prius [.]. Ford Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Ford C-MAX Ford C-MAX Hybrid green cars hybrid cars Toyota Prius V

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gives better fuel economy, at same MSRP as EcoBoost mode

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Going against traditional pricing for hybrid cars, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers the advantages and fuel cost savings of the Hybrid, but without the higher price.Hybrid vehicles have long carried a premium price which meant we had to justify

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New Review: 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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A No Compromise Hybrid SUV. 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. US News says the Escalade Hybrid is in a class of its own. Specifically, it is a full-size SUV with great fuel economy.

Fuso develops heavy-duty hybrid truck; 10% increase in fuel economy compared to conventional diesels

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Commercial vehicle manufacturer Fuso, a member of the Daimler group, has introduced a heavy-duty hybrid truck in Japan. The new vehicle concept will have its show premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show from 30 November to 11 December 2012. First tests of the “Super Great HEV” have shown about a 10% improvement in fuel economy over conventional diesel-only vehicles. The parallel hybrid system ensures that energy loss is minimised. Heavy-duty Hybrids

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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 Series Hybrid Mode.

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Reviewed: 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid

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To make these trips more pleasurable and make it easier to find your way, General Motors has added a new color touch-screen navigation and radio system to the 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid. This, combined with the fuel economy of the hybrid, should make the 2012 Tahoe a good choice for the family on the go. Similar high-end safety features are included with the 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid.

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2012 SUV Market Update

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Fast forward to 2012 and the situation has changed dramatically. Despite a sharp rise in fuel prices at the start of the year, and lingering bad economic conditions, new and used SUVs are gaining favor in many households. One factor for this market turnabout could be the economy. While they got better fuel economy, the cars turned out to be too small for their lifestyles. 2012 Lexus RX hybrid – 30 mpg combined. 2012 Suzuki SX4 — $16,799.

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Reviewed: 2012 VW Touareg Hybrid

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Delivering Luxury and Power: 2012 VW Touareg Hybrid. Introduced last year, the Touareg Hybrid is Volkswagen’s first production gas-electric hybrid SUV model. The 2012 Touareg Hybrid combines a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with an electric motor. Essentially, the 2012 Touareg Hybrid shares the same basic platform and battery technology as the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and Audi Q7 Hybrid.

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Consumer Reports testing finds many small turbo engines underperforming; fuel economy, acceleration no better than in larger conventional powertrains

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Consumer Reports’ own fuel economy tests of vehicles equipped with small turbocharged engines has found in many cases that the turbocharged cars tested by CR have slower acceleration and no better fuel economy than the models with larger conventional engines, the organization said. Based on the EPA fuel-economy estimates, many of the charged engines look better. Four (2012). V6 (2012). Engines Fuel Efficiency

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gives better fuel economy, at same MSRP as EcoBoost mode

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Going against traditional pricing for hybrid cars, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers the advantages and fuel cost savings of the Hybrid, but without the higher price.Hybrid vehicles have long carried a premium price which meant we had to justify

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