Cash for Clunkers Buoys US Auto Sales; Hybrid Sales Up 31.8% for Monthly New Vehicle Share of 3.55%

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Monthly new vehicle market share for hybrids. Buoyed by the US government’s CARS (“Cash for Clunkers”) program, US auto sales slowed their decline in the US in July, dropping on 12.1% As a result, the SAAR for July surged to 11.24 year-on-year to 35,429 units, representing a 3.55% new vehicle sales market share for the month—the highest monthly share yet. Light truck sales were led by the RAV4 compact SUV with best-ever July sales of 15,912 units, up 32.5%

Heard At The Show: Snippets from SAE 2009 World Congress

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For every kJ of chemical energy in the fuel for a spark ignition internal combustion engine, 73 % is sacrificed to chemical and thermal losses. Breaking out the 22%, aerodynamic losses account for 39%, tire resistance is 25%, transmission and drivetrain 20%, accessories 12% and bearings 3%. Alexander Edwards, President, Automotive Strategic Vision believes the exodus from full size SUVs was caused by economic caution as much as higher gas prices. Cash for Clunkers.

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27 November 2009 - In First "Plug-in Arizona" Outing to Nogales, AZ, " the "Spirit" Made the News with Nogales International

Spirit of DC - PHEV3A

With a 110-volt inverter and solar panels on the roof and hood, the car can get a boost for its battery from the sun or any electrical source.Asher drove to Nogales High School on Tuesday, plugged in the battery outside the automotive shop and gave Ruben Verdugo’s students a look at the future.“This He told the Nogales International he was researching hybrid vehicles for his senior project. “We

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