New Ford Police Interceptors deliver up to 35% better fuel economy when idling

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The city and highway fuel economy ratings for the new Ford Police Interceptors (PI) have increased by 25% over the retired Crown Victoria. But as law enforcement vehicles spend the majority of their lives idling, Ford engineers also tuned the Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle models to save fuel even when they are standing still, with no sacrifice to pursuit performance. Fuel economy test results from the LA Sheriff’s Department 2012 evaluations.

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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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New Ford Police Interceptors deliver up to 35% better fuel economy when idling

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The city and highway fuel economy ratings for the new Ford Police Interceptors (PI) have increased by 25% over the retired Crown Victoria. But as law enforcement vehicles spend the majority of their lives idling, Ford engineers also tuned the Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle models to save fuel even when they are standing still, with no sacrifice to pursuit performance. Fuel economy test results from the LA Sheriff’s Department 2012 evaluations.

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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. higher fuel economy than the conventional tractors, resulting in a 12% reduction in fuel costs for the hybrids. mph), and stops per mile (1.9 The team found that hybrid fuel costs per mile were 12% less than for the diesels. In addition to field testing, the NREL team performed dynamometer testing at its Renewable Fuels and Lubricants (ReFUEL) Research Laboratory.

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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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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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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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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. The E-Class hybrid can run on electric power alone at speeds up to 35 km/h (22 mph) and for up to one kilometer (0.62

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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 With a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph), the car accelerates to 100 km/h in 7.9 Engines Fuel Efficiency Vehicle SystemsPolo BlueGT. Click to enlarge.

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2014 Cascadia Evolution Class 8 rig delivers 10.67 mpg on closed-track demo; 7% better fuel economy than EPA 2010 Cascadia in cross-country tour

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The Freightliner Trucks 2014 Cascadia Evolution—powered only by the newly designed Detroit DD15 engine and featuring enhanced aerodynamic specs—delivered fuel economy of 10.67 There, the truck traveled the 8.5-mile closed-course track for 1,000 miles nonstop at an average speed of 60 mph, with a GCW of 76,000 lbs. Fuel consumption and distance traveled were again documented by ATDS.

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GM and partners to begin work in January at National Tire Research Center; seeking improvements in fuel economy

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By some estimates, tire design can help improve fuel efficiency by up to 7%. The center’s $11.2-million tire performance test equipment, known as Flat-Trac LTRe, is unique in its use of electric motor technology and can run a tire up to 200 mph. GM engineers and scientists will begin work in January with research partners to accelerate the development of tire technology at the new National Tire Research Center in Halifax County, Va. Earlier post.).

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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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Chrysler offering ZF 8-speed automatic in 2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger; improved fuel economy

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Chrysler will offer an eight-speed automatic transmission introduced and licensed through ZF ( earlier post ) in the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger for 2012. The result is a four mile-per-gallon increase in fuel economy that pushes the highway EPA rating to 31 mpg US (7.6 L/100km) for the 2012 Chrysler 300 and 2012 Dodge Charger, up from 27 mpg highway over last year’s model. Fuel economy for both models is 19 mpg US (12.4

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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. As early as in the autumn of 2012, further model variants of the BMW 1 Series and the BMW 3 Series as well as the BMW X1 will comply with this classification due to come into effect as from 2014. BMW 114d.

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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.

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. 0-60 mph. Four (2012). V6 (2012). Engines Fuel Efficiency

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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. The 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is available in two and four-wheel-drive models.

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Audi announces pricing and fuel economy for 2014 Audi A6, A7 and Q5 TDI diesels

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At the 2012 Los Angeles Motor Show in December, Audi of America announced the significant expansion of its diesel model line-up with the addition of A8, A7, A6, and Q5 TDI diesel models to the Q7 and A3 TDI already on sale in the US. Audi has now announced pricing and fuel economy figures for the 2014 A6, A7 and Q5 TDI models, expected to begin arriving at US dealers in late Summer 2013. Diesel Engines Fuel Efficiency

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New 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.

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. The 2012 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is available in two and four-wheel-drive models.

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Reviewed: 2012 VW Touareg Hybrid

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Delivering Luxury and Power: 2012 VW Touareg Hybrid. 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. The combination of the V-6 and electric motor delivers 380 hp and has a fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway. The 2012 VW Touareg Hybrid has an MSRP of $61,995.

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2012 Lexus CT 200h Review

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Review: 2012 Lexus CT 200h. It is the only compact luxury hybrid hatchback on the market today and the only luxury hybrid sedan that gets over 40 mph, according to several reports. Specifically, the 2012 Lexus CT 200h is categorized as a premium compact, four-door hatchback hybrid. The 2012 Lexus CT 200h gets a combined city/highway mileage of 42 mpg. The CT 200h can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 10.4 Drivers have a few new options for 2012.

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Volvo Car Corp. demonstrates autonomous driving in traffic jams; traffic jam assistance system ready for production in 2014

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The new system, whereby the car automatically follows the vehicle in front in slow-moving queues up to 50 km/h (31 mph), will be ready for production in 2014. The traffic jam assistance function is an evolution of the current Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Aid technology, which was introduced in the all-new Volvo V40 earlier in 2012. Autonomous driving has potential for improving road safety, traffic flow and fuel economy.

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Getrag introduces new 7-speed dual clutch and derivative hybrid transmissions; applications from mild- to plug-in hybrids

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Benchmarking the 7DCT300 against CVTs and automatics has made the transmission best-in-class for launch, fuel economy, NVH, cost and ease of hybridization. electro-hydraulic clutch actuation, enabling significant reductions in fuel consumption compared to earlier transmissions. The actuation system allows this full range of advanced economy functions without modification of the hardware since the transmission actuation system can operate fully.

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2013 GS 450h EPA-rated at 31 mpg combined; 35% improvement over preceding generation

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Lexus’s 2013 GS 450h—the new generation hybrid version of the GS 350, introduced at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show ( earlier post )— offers EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 29 mpg US city, 34 mpg US highway and 31 mpg US combined (7.7, These figures represent a 32%, 36% and 35% improvement in fuel economy, respectively, compared to the prior generation of the GS 450h (e.g., Acceleration from 0-60 mph in 5.6 2013 Lexus GS 450h. Click to enlarge.

Simulation study suggests ORC waste heat recovery system could deliver potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a PHEV on highway

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A simple Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) waste heat recovery system could recover up to 10% of engine waste heat under highway driving conditions, corresponding to a potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a light-duty plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), with low penalization of the added weight to the vehicle electric range, according to a simulation study by researchers from the University of Stuttgart and the Ohio State University. Δ in fuel consumption.

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Buick offering 2.0L direct-injection turbo option for 2013 Verano

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Acceleration from 0-60 mph is an estimated 6.2 Verano and the Regal luxury sport sedan are available exclusively with four-cylinder engines, while the LaCrosse luxury sedan comes standard with a four-cylinder engine paired with eAssist technology, which uses an electric motor and battery to boost both performance and fuel economy. Fuel economy numbers are not final, but the Verano Turbo is expected to be in line with Buick’s other turbocharged models.

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Ford launches new Transit Custom ECOnetic 1-tonne van in Europe

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Ford has launched the new Transit Custom ECOnetic, a 1-tonne van that achieves fuel consumption from 6.0 l/100 km (39 mpg US) (when fitted with the optional 100 km/h (62 mph) speed limiter)—a reduction of 8% against its predecessor, and CO 2 emissions from 159 g/km—placing it on a par with a family passenger car such as the Ford S-MAX. Without the optional speed limiter, the model delivers fuel economy from 6.2

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Consumer Reports road testing finds Ford Fusion and C-MAX hybrids falling far short of EPA ratings

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Road testing by Consumer Reports has found the fuel economy on the 2013 Fusion Hybrid sedan and new C-Max Hybrid falling far short below Ford (and EPA) triple 47 mpg (5.0 Yes, the disclaimer on EPA fuel-economy labels notes that “your results may differ.” Make no mistake; both the Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid still deliver excellent fuel economy. The testers then install a precision fuel meter in the fuel line.

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Protean Electric showcasing in-wheel drive system in BRABUS Hybrid at SAE World Congress

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Protean Electric, the global leader in electric in-wheel motors, will showcase its award-winning in-wheel motor Protean Drive system in a BRABUS Hybrid at the SAE 2012 World Congress 24-26 April. Each Protean motor adds 80 kW (110 hp) and 800 N·m (590 lb-ft) of peak torque, which, when combined with the 2.2-liter common-rail turbo-diesel engine, give the BRABUS Hybrid an acceleration of 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 7.4 seconds and 60-120 km/h (37-75 mph) of 5.6

Land Rover Hybrid

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ZF claims this transmission can improve fuel economy by 6 percent over traditional transmissions. All of these changes will improve the overall fuel economy, reduce emissions (since less fuel will be consumed), and increase the performance of the 2013 Range Rover compared to previous year models. The company claims the new model will deliver a 9 percent improvement in fuel economy. seconds faster than the 2012 rate).

Audi A3 launching with new 4-cylinder engines; cylinder-on-demand, supplementary indirect injection, start-stop and modular efficiency technologies

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The start-stop system utilizes a new glass mat battery and reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.3 The common rail fuel injection system builds a system pressure of up to 1,800 bar; the fuel is atomized by eight-hole nozzles. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 8.6 seconds; acceleration tops out at 216 km/h (134 mph). The combined fuel consumption of the new two-liter diesel is 4.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (57.4 liters of fuel per.

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Chevy Sonic Turbo now available with six-speed automatic

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The 2012 Chevy Sonic Ecotec 1.4L The 6T40’s wide overall gear ratio spread provides everything from strong first gear acceleration to fifth and sixth gear overdrive gears for strong highway fuel economy. Traditionally, turbocharging was used to enhance the performance of engines, but today it is as much about fuel economy as a 0-to-60 time. turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission achieved a 0-to-60 mph time of 7.8

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Hyundai to begin production of ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle in December; targeting 1,000 units by 2015

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ix35 Fuel Cell. In December 2012, Hyundai will begin production of the ix35 Fuel Cell crossover vehicle at its Ulsan manufacturing facility in Korea, with a target of building up to 1,000 vehicles by 2015. Hyundai called the ix35 Fuel Cell its “halo vehicle” in the Blue Drive sub-brand, the badge worn by Hyundai’s cleanest vehicles, including Sonata Hybrid, i20 Blue Drive and BlueOn, Hyundai’s battery-powered i10. ix35 fuel cell powertrain layout. Fuel storage.

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97 SUVs For 2012

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For model year 2012, those of you in the market for a new SUV have roughly 100 vehicles to choose from. That same pricey Mercedes also boasts the worst fuel economy of the group (about 13 MPG combined) while the Ford Escape Hybrid (most likely in its final year of production) averages closer to 33 miles per gallon in combined city and highway motoring. So, without further introduction – below is a comparison of *price and fuel economy for the 2012 model SUVs.

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Ford’s 3rd generation powersplit hybrid system

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Atkinson to improve fuel economy. However, Ford was able to compensate for that reduction by increasing battery power with its new Li-ion pack ( earlier post ), and increased electric power through the motor and the generator to recover to nearly the same level of performance as the outgoing model, but with significantly improved fuel economy. Additionally, the extra capability of the e-Drive increased the all-electric speed range up to 62 mph.

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Volkswagen’s 1.0L eco up! natural gas vehicle offers 79g CO2/km

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seconds; its top speed is 164 km/h (102 mph). Although the 12-valve engine was specially configured to operate with natural gas, as an alternative it can be fueled with unleaded premium gasoline. The two overhead camshafts are driven by toothed belts; the intake camshaft is variable, further reducing emissions and fuel consumption and improves the power curve in the lower rev range. In addition to the engine, the fuel economy and emission values of the eco up!

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China publishes plan to boost fuel-efficient and new energy vehicles and domestic auto industry; targeting 500K PHEVs and EVs in 2015, rising to 2M by 2020

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China’s State Council has published a plan to develop the domestic energy-saving and new energy vehicle industry, which includes battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. China is targeting the cumulative production and sales of more than 5 million new energy vehicles, including fuel cell vehicles, by that time as well. 2012 Chinese Auto Industry Development Report. By 2020, average passenger car fuel consumption is to drop to 5.0

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VW 2013 Jetta Hybrid to start at $24,995

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The Jetta Hybrid can be driven in pure electric mode at speeds of up to 44 mph (71 km/h) and for a distance of up to 1.2 Manufacturer-estimated combined fuel economy is 45 mpg (5.2 l/100 km); 0-60 mph is less than 9.0 The Jetta Hybrid will go on sale in the last quarter of 2012. Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pricing the 2013 Jetta Hybrid starting at $24,995 and ranging up to $31,180 for the Hybrid SEL Premium. Earlier post.)

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Volkswagen targeting 5% of Jetta sales in US with new sporty Hybrid model; expected 45 mpg combined

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Volkswagen, seeing the hybrid as complementary to the Jetta TDI diesel in attracting different, yet equally fuel-economy-conscious buyers, is initially targeting 5% of Jetta sales in the US for the new hybrid model. The Jetta Hybrid can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.6 seconds, and has a top track speed of 125 mph (201 km/h), electronically governed in the US. 1 compression ratio, direct fuel injection, and turbocharging to produce 150 hp (112 kW) at 5000 rpm.

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Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid heading to select US showrooms

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The EPA estimates that driving C-MAX Energi saves almost $7,000 in fuel costs over the course of five years compared with the average new vehicle. C-MAX Energi offers 195 net system horsepower (145 kW) with a fully charged battery, a top speed in electric mode of 85 mph (129 km/h), and a total range of 620 miles (998 km). Overview of the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid. Click to enlarge.

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Prius c hybrid goes on sale in US with entry MSRP of $18,950; new transaxle, motor technology

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With the Prius c (sold as the Aqua in Japan, earlier post ), Toyota is striving to strike a balance between fuel efficiency, styling, intelligent connectivity and affordability to attract younger, eco-conscious buyers who may have desired, but couldn’t afford, a hybrid. Estimated EPA fuel economy ratings are 53/46/50 mpg US city/highway/combined (4.4/5.1/4.7 The engine also uses Sequential Multiport Fuel Injection (SFI) and Electronic Spark Advance (ESA).

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Mercedes-Benz eyeing introducing a sedan model hydrogen fuel cell vehicle around MY 2017

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Mercedes-Benz, which has begun leasing of the limited production B-Class F-Cell hydrogen fuel cell vehicle ( earlier post ) in California, is on track to roll out a MY 2015 next-generation B-Class F-Cell in much larger quantities for sale, and is considering introducing a regular sedan-class fuel cell vehicle in around MY 2017, Sascha Simon, Head of Advanced Product Planning at Mercedes-Benz USA, said in an interview with Green Car Congress —perhaps an E-Class version, he suggested.

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