Auto Alliance urges EPA to withdraw premature Final Determination on light-duty GHG regulations, resume Midterm Evaluation process with NHTSA

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The Auto Alliance has sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting that the US Environmental Protection Agency withdraw the Final Determination on the Appropriateness of the Model Year 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards under the Midterm Evaluation which EPA announced on 13 January 2017. In 2012, EPA and NHTSA set joint greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards over a decade in advance for MY 2022-2025.

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PNNL team develops onboard fuel separation technology to enable octane-on-demand for improved fuel economy

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed an onboard separation system that could support increased fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of an octane-on-demand fuel-delivery system.

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Latest EPA automotive trend report shows MY 2017 fleet fuel economy of 24.9 mpg; new record

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The latest edition of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) annual Automotive Trends Report finds that Model Year (MY) 2017 vehicle fuel economy was 24.9 Since MY 2004, fuel economy and CO 2 emissions have improved in eleven out of thirteen years. Estimated Real-World CO 2 and Fuel Economy. The report also assesses compliance performance for individual automakers and for the US fleet as a whole with the greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles.

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EPA proposes leaving light-duty vehicle GHG standards for MY 2022-2025 unchanged

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed leaving the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for light-duty vehicle model years 2022-2025 in place, based on its technical analysis that shows automakers are well positioned to meet the targets. l/100 km), if achieved exclusively through fuel economy improvements. Cars and light trucks are the largest source of GHG emissions in the US transportation sector.

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Toyota Prius AWD-e: Going light on the rear motor helps it hit 50 mpg

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The all-wheel drive version of the Toyota Prius introduced last week at the LA Auto Show earns an astoundingly good EPA fuel economy rating of 50 mpg combined—nearly as good as the 52 mpg earned by much of the Prius lineup (LE, XLE and Limited). Los Angeles Auto Show all-wheel drive

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Toyota introducing Corolla Hybrid to US at LA Auto Show; at least 50 mpg

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Toyota is introducing the Corolla Hybrid to the US market at the LA Auto Show. l/100 km) combined fuel economy (projected). NORMAL mode: Allows the hybrid system to achieve an ideal combination of fuel economy and vehicle acceleration. ECO mode: Improves hybrid system efficiency by limiting power in response to light to moderate accelerator pedal input. PCS is able to detect a vehicle or pedestrian in day and low-light conditions, as well as a bicycle during daylight.

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EPA: GHG emissions standards for cars and light trucks should be revised; joint process with NHTSA (updated with more reactions)

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the completion of the Midterm Evaluation (MTE) process for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025, and his final determination that the current standards are not appropriate and should be revised. auto industry backward, and we will vigorously defend the existing clean vehicle standards and fight to preserve one national clean vehicle program.”.

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EPA to maintain light-duty vehicle GHG standards unchanged through 2025

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In an expected ruling, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy finalized her decision to maintain the current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025 cars and light trucks. The EPA says that a wide variety of effective technologies are available to reduce GHG emissions from cars and light trucks, and that automakers are well positioned to meet the standards through model year 2025 at lower costs than the agency earlier predicted.

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Volkswagen Group of America joins LIFT for automotive light-weighting research; first automotive OEM member

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Light-weighting is critical for the future of our vehicles, not only to improve on fuel economy, but also to help improve vehicle performance. Bringing an automotive OEM into membership alongside our present auto suppliers and industry OEMs members creates an enhanced robust ecosystem, allowing participants from across industries to work together and learn from each other. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

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IHS Automotive forecasts 88.6M unit global light vehicle market in 2015; 2.4% growth

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However, IHS Automotive analysts still expect light vehicle sales in China to grow by 7% in 2015 to 25.2 million units, aided with increased auto finance penetration, fast dealership expansion and government vehicle scrappage programs. —Lin Huaibin, manager, China light vehicle sales forecast, IHS Automotive. North America continues to be an impetus to global light vehicle demand levels. The IHS Automotive US light vehicle sales forecast for 2015 is 16.9

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Achates Power building 2.7L opposed-piston light-duty engine; exceeding CAFE 2025, Tier 3 targets at lower cost

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six-piston) light-duty version of its opposed piston engine (OPE) in both diesel- and gasoline-fueled versions. Achates will demonstrate the engine in 2018 in a driveable light-duty truck. The 2.7-liter compression-ignition OPE will will be 30-50% more fuel efficient than comparable diesel and gasoline direct injection engines, reduce emissions and cost less than alternative technologies under development for meeting 2025 CAFE fuel economy and Tier 3 emission targets.

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EPA re-opens Mid-Term Evaluation Process for light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards 2022-2025

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced that EPA intends to reconsider its final determination issued on 12 January 2017 which recommended no change to the greenhouse gas standards for light duty vehicles for model years 2022- 2025. In coordination with EPA, the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is evaluating its fuel economy standards for that period.

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President Obama announces 54.5 mpge, 163 gCO2/mile target for MY2025 light-duty vehicles; California on board

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Light-duty vehicle fuel economy standards, 1978-2025. President Barack Obama announced an agreement with 13 major automakers to pursue the next phase in the Administration’s national vehicle program ( earlier post ) , increasing fuel economy to a fleetwide average 54.5 L/100km) or 163 g/mile of CO 2 for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. Stringency of standards for pick-ups and other light-duty trucks would increase an average of 3.5%

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Volvo Cars’ 90 Series cars receive powertrain, safety and connectivity updates including Android Auto

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The new Drive-E powertrain variants include a D3 4-cylinder diesel engine coupled to a new manual 6-speed transmission; estimated fuel economy is 4.3 The Swedish carmaker’s smartphone integration offer, which already includes Apple CarPlay, will now come with Android Auto functionality in Volvo’s large driver interface. Volvo Cars is updating its 90 series cars with new powertrain, safety and connectivity updates.

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Ninth annual Green Innovation Index finds California light-duty vehicle emissions spike; major challenge to 2030 climate goals

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However, although the state has made considerable progress decoupling economic growth from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the rate of emissions decline appears to be slowing, due in part to a spike in transportation emissions attributed to an increase from light-duty vehicles. With uncertainty at the federal level, California must maintain its success and leadership in equitably growing the clean energy economy. of emissions and overshadowing all other areas of the economy.

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New 2019 Toyota Avalon hybrid boosts fuel economy 10% to 44 mpg combined

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Toyota estimates that the 2019 Avalon Hybrid will boost fuel economy by up to 10% over its MY 2018 predecessor, from 40 mpg (5.88 Auto Glide Control (AGC), yet another of Avalon’s fuel-saving technologies, automatically calculates efficient coasting. A light indicating “AGC” is illuminated on the Multi-Information Display (MID) when AGC is active to alert the driver that less deceleration torque than normal is currently being used.

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DOT and EPA release revised fuel economy and GHG emission standards for MY 2021-2026 light-duty vehicles

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The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule setting corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and CO 2 emissions standards for model years 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks. Under the SAFE Rule, the projected overall industry average required fuel economy in MYs 2021-2026 is 40.4

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Hyundai introduces 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at Chicago Auto Show

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Hyundai unveiled the redesigned 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at the Chicago Auto Show. Sonata Hybrid’s Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED) delivers the same responsive, engaging driving characteristics Sonata owners expect while improving fuel economy through the use of a larger electric motor. Drivers are first alerted of a vehicle in the blind spot by warning lights in the side mirrors.

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Center for Automotive Research calls long-run economic risk to auto industry of mandating permanent fuel economy standards very serious; recommends periodic reviews

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The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) has released a new study estimating the parameters of the US motor vehicle market and industry in 2025, given the “ most likely dramatic changes ” likely to be soon mandated by the federal government for the purpose of improving the fuel economy performance of vehicles not determined by market forces, as well as additional safety and environmental mandates and regulations. the 2008 model year fuel economy ratings.

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New Ford Escape launching with two new EcoBoost engines with standard Auto Start-Stop

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The new Ford Escape, being showcased at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is the first Ford vehicle to make Auto Start-Stop standard with either of two EcoBoost engines new to the model—a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter twin-scroll. The start-stop technology senses when the vehicle is sitting idle and shuts off the engine to conserve fuel, resulting in a 4 percent to 6 percent improvement in fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic.

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Ford unveils new Focus; 10% better fuel economy; focus on tech; gasoline and diesel

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Powertrains are supported by standard Auto Start-Stop for reduced running costs and a six-speed manual and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel-efficiency and CO 2 emissions from both EcoBoost gasoline engines are enhanced using Ford’s industry-first cylinder deactivation system for a three-cylinder engine, which can automatically stop one of the engine’s cylinders when full capacity is not needed, such as when coasting or cruising with light demand on the engine.

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Kia unveils Soul EV at Chicago Auto Show

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Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2015 Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. The Soul EV also features Kia’s first use of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology. Found within the Soul EV’s exclusive Supervision instrument cluster, the 3.5-inch OLED screen provides information on the vehicle’s energy flow, charging time, ECO driving level and energy economy, which measures how efficiently the battery is operating. Soul EV. Click to enlarge.

ICCT update finds real-world vehicle fuel economy gap continues to widen in Europe to 40%

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The gap between official fuel-economy figures and the real world for new cars in the EU has reached 40 per cent, according to the latest update by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to its on-going research into in-use vehicle fuel efficiency and CO 2 emissions.

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Light duty RCCI can deliver engine-out Tier 2 Bin 5 NOx; potential for 52% gross indicated efficiency

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Rolf Reitz of the University of Wisconsin found that reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) ( earlier post ) in a light-duty engine can meet Tier 2 Bin 5 NO x levels without aftertreatment, while offering a 4% improvement in fuel consumption and 7.3% RCCI is a promising low-temperature combustion strategy offering a pathway to high-efficiency clean combustion using in-cylinder blending of fuels with different auto-ignition characteristics.

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Scotiabank forecasts 4% growth in global auto market in 2015 to 74M units, led by China

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In its latest Global Auto Report , Scotiabank forecasts record global car sales in 2015, with the total market advancing 4% over 2014, reaching more than 74 million units. Global growth will mainly be driven by China, where Scotiabank expects auto demand to grow 7% in 2015 to 19.36 Under the forecast, China will thus represent 26% of global auto sales in 2015. million units sold, according to the report, or 46% of global auto sales. 2015 forecast share by region.

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Canada aligns with US on light-duty vehicle GHGs, Tier 3 regulations and heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency

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The final Regulations Amending the Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations for model year 2017 and beyond will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on 8 October. The proposed Tier 3 emission standards would apply to new passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and certain heavy-duty vehicles (such as delivery vans).

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Toyota announces expected fuel economy and pricing for RAV4 Hybrid: 33 mpg combined, entry at $28,370

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Toyota anticipates that the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid—unveiled earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show ( earlier post ) and the eighth hybrid in Toyota’s line-up—will receive EPA ratings of 34 mpg city / 31 mpg highway / 33 mpg combined (6.9, The RAV4 Hybrid offers a choice of several driving modes: ECO mode optimizes throttle response and air conditioning output to help prioritize fuel economy.

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ICCT: gap between official and real-world fuel economy figures in Europe reaches ~38%; call to implement WLTP ASAP

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The gap between official and real-world fuel-economy figures in Europe has risen to about 38%, according to a new report published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). A new and more appropriate test procedure, the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), has been developed through the United Nations and is ready for implementation in the EU as early as 2017.

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Gen 5 2019 Toyota RAV4 debuts at New York International Auto Show; 2.5L inline-4 and Toyota Hybrid System

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Toyota introduced the fifth-generation RAV4 at the New York International Auto Show. When AWD isn’t required (on long stretches of highway, for example), RAV4 can achieve better fuel economy thanks to the Rear Driveline Disconnect system. Inspired by Toyota’s off-road vehicle heritage, RAV4 Adventure grade has a more rugged exterior, thanks in part to its more aggressive grille, fog light surrounds, and unique wheel design.

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New 3rd generation Audi TT diesel offers fuel economy of 56 mpg

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In “auto” mode, this produces optimum traction and balanced driving dynamics. In the sections of the passenger cell that are subject to the most structural stress, form-hardened steel panels, which are both ultra-high-strength and light are used; these constitute 17 percent of the body’s weight. The hood, doors and trunk lid are also made of this light metal. 3 rd generation Audi TT. Click to enlarge.

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2016 Ford Explorer SUV replaces 2.0L EcoBoost with new 2.3L EcoBoost unit; more power and torque, same fuel economy expected

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The new 2016 Ford Explorer SUV is making its global debut today at Los Angeles Auto Show with a new available 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that delivers more horsepower and torque than the 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder it replaces, with no compromise in fuel economy anticipated. An active wastegate controls boost more precisely during light load operation to help save fuel.

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Ford prices Auto Start-Stop system in non-hybrid 2013 Fusion 1.6L EcoBoost model at $295

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Ford is offering the Auto Start-Stop system on its new non-hybrid 2013 Fusion equipped with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine ( earlier post ) for $295. Auto Start-Stop saves fuel use when the car is standing and running at idle. On average, Auto Start-Stop improves fuel efficiency by about 3.5%. The Ford Auto Start-Stop system includes a 12V battery designed for long. Fuel-economy includes: 2013 Fusion 1.6-liter EcoBoost: projected 37 mpg highway.

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CALSTART survey of major auto suppliers finds 70% don’t want US to change CAFE targets; split on amount of electrification needed

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Major automotive suppliers see national fuel economy standards as important for long-term planning and investment and don’t want to see them altered by US policymakers, according to a first-of-its-kind industry survey commissioned by CALSTART and conducted by Ricardo Energy & Environment. 59% said that fuel-economy standards help spur job growth. Overall, federal agencies project a fleet-wide fuel economy average of between 50 and 52.6

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Global auto production may hit 80+ million units this year; hybrids below 2% of total output

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Worldwide light-duty vehicle production. Production of light-duty passenger vehicles (cars and light trucks) rose from 74.4 The major driver of increased production and sales are the emerging economies, especially China. The auto industry’s production capacities are far from fully used; PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) estimates current global vehicle assembly capacity at almost 95 million, the report notes. Source: Worldwatch. Click to enlarge.

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EPA and NHTSA Issue Notice of Intent to Develop New Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Economy Standards for Light-Duty Vehicle Model Years 2017-2025; Proposal Expected by 30 Sep 2011

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The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to begin developing new standards for greenhouse gases and fuel economy for light-duty vehicles for the 2017-2025 model years. Real-world CO 2 is typically 25% higher and real-world fuel economy is typically 20% lower than figures determined under test, the agencies noted.

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Increased sales of larger vehicles in June lowered average new car fuel economy from May; increase in fuel economy year-on-year

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TrueCar.com provided actual fuel economy numbers from June US light vehicle auto sales that indicate “TrueMPG” will increase to 21.6 TrueMPG computes monthly average fuel economy by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segments by using actual sales data or forecasted sales data for the current month. TrueCar utilizes EPA’s average fuel economy rating using 45% highway and 55% city driving behavior. Average small car TrueMPG June 2010 v.

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Johnson Controls to unveil micro hybrid lead-acid/Li-ion battery demonstration module at North American International Auto Show

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will introduce a 48V Micro Hybrid battery demonstration module as part of its full spectrum of advanced energy storage solutions for automobiles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 12 volt battery would continue to provide power to the vehicle starter, interior and exterior lights, and entertainment systems such as radios and DVD players. Johnson Controls, Inc.

Ford showcases Transit line-up powered by new Ford EcoBlue diesel at Hannover; 6-speed auto, AWD and SYNC 3

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Transit van models equipped with optional Auto-Start-Stop achieve CO 2 emissions from 174 g/km and average fuel consumption from 6.6 Transit Custom vehicles fitted with optional Auto-Start-Stop deliver CO 2 emissions from 157 g/km with average fuel consumption from 6.1 The new transmission can be specified in combination with the 130 PS and 170 PS versions of the Ford EcoBlue engine, and Auto-Start-Stop is standard on all variants.

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EPAs GHG Standards for Light-Duty Vehicles; Special Credits To Encourage PHEVs, BEVs and FCVs

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Yesterday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National High Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly established increasingly stringent greenhouse gas emission standards under the Clean Air Act for 2012 through 2016 model-year vehicles and fuel economy standards under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy program, respectively. mpg if all improvements came from fuel economy) and 34.1 L/100km) fuel economy level, respectively. Light trucks.

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Update on the ACCESS fuel efficient engine project; simulations find up to 48.9% improvement in fuel economy over baseline

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Robert Bosch LLC, AVL Powertrain Engineering and partners including the University of Michigan are working on a four-year, $24-million US Department of Energy (DOE)-supported project— Advanced Combustion Concepts—Enabling Systems and Solutions (ACCESS)—to achieve a 30% fuel economy improvement in a gasoline-fueled light-duty vehicle without compromising performance while also meeting SULEV emission standards. improvement in fuel economy over the baseline.

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Mazda debuts CX-5 crossover with full SKYACTIV technologies for North America at LA Auto Show

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Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) unveiled its all-new 2013 CX-5 compact SUV ( earlier post ) at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Estimated EPA fuel economy for the CX-5 is 26 city/33 highway (9.04 Not just for Zoom-Zoom but for the added benefit of improving fuel economy. Also available are a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system, Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFLS) with auto-leveling bi-xenon headlamps and a rear view camera with distance guide lines.

Major refresh on 2015 Honda CR-V with new Earth Dreams powertrain provides fuel economy gain of up to 12%

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The 2015 CR-V features increased EPA fuel economy ratings of 27/34/29 mpg (8.7/6.9/8.1 A high efficiency accessory belt design saves weight with the elimination of the idler pulley, decreased diameter of the other pulleys, the adoption of a hydraulic auto tensioner, a resin tensioner pulley and decreased belt length. 2015 Honda CR-V. Click to enlarge.

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Consumer Federation analysis of polling data and tech pricing finds consumer demands aligned with proposed MY 2017-2025 CAFE and GHG regulations for light-duty vehicles

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A new analysis from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) of consumer polling data finds that the proposed MY 2017-2025 passenger vehicle fuel economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards to be finalized this summer ( earlier post ) align with consumer demands and needs. L/100km), if the vehicles were to meet this CO 2 only through fuel economy improvements. 74% of those polled said the new fuel economy standards are a good idea.

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