Restyled VW Scirocco makes debut at Geneva; up to 19% better fuel economy

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The restyled Volkswagen Scirocco will debut in Geneva, featuring a new range of engines that offer up to 276 hp yet also promise fuel efficiency improvements of up to 19%. The gasoline range consists of a 1.4-liter petrol with 125 PS (123 hp), and a new 2.0-liter 180 PS (177 hp) unit which replaces the previous 1.4-liter 160 PS (158 hp) unit. The previous 2.0-liter TSI 210 PS (207 hp) has been replaced with a 220 PS (217 hp) unit that is also 19% more fuel efficient.

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Fuel economy standards to hit fuel tax

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There may be one negative knock-on effect of improving the fuel economy standards of our vehicles: fuel tax revenues could slump massively. According to a report by the Congressional Budget Office (logo, pictured), fuel economy standards proposed for 2017-2025 would cut revenues from petrol tax by 21 per cent in 2040. Green cars Green credentials Latest news Congressional Budget Office fuel consumption fuel economy fuel tax green cars

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India to Move Forward With Fuel Economy Standards

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The government of India will implement automotive fuel economy standards. The norms will be developed on the basis of mileage that petrol and diesel vehicles give, sources in the road transport and highway ministry told TOI. Times of India. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) will formulate the norms and notify them under the Energy Conservation Act while the surface transport ministry will ensure the implementation.

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Kia Optima Hybrid achieves fuel economy world record

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A new Guinness World Record has been set for the lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid petrol vehicle. Green cars Kia Latest news fuel economy fuel economy world record Guinness World Record Kia Optima HybridThe record has been achieved by hypermiler Wayne Gerdes and his colleague Chris Bernius while driving through all 48 adjoining states in a Kia Optima Hybrid. They drove the vehicle through a 7,899mile route across America with [.].

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 TSI in the Polo BlueGT is the top engine of the entirely new EA211 series of petrol engines. Engines Fuel Efficiency Vehicle SystemsPolo BlueGT. Click to enlarge.

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Ford reveals new Explorer fuel economy figures

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Ford has revealed the fuel economy figures for the new Ford Explorer – and it will be the most fuel efficient seven-passenger SUV on the market. The engine combines petrol direct injection and turbocharging with smaller overall displacement, and [.]. Ford Green cars Latest news Ford Explorer Ford Explorer fuel economy Ford Explorer SUV new Ford Explorer SUV

Fuel Economy: theory v reality

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The 640d diesel has almost as much power as the 640i petrol. As a six-cylinder turbo, it offers similar sound effects and refinement as admirable as the petrol. BMW offers drivers a no-brainer choice with the new 6 Series Gran Coupe. It is as fast to 62mph. It reaches the same top speed. Crucially, it [.]. BMW Weekly Column weekly column

Update on ACCESS fuel economy project

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A key project is under way in the USA aiming to boost fuel economy of petrol powered light duty vehicles by as much as 30 per cent: without compromising performance. Known as ACCESS (Advanced Combustion Concepts Enabling Systems and Solutions), it is a four-year project supported by $24million from[.]. Latest News Green cars

Hybrids fuel economy hit hardest by air con use

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Using air con in a hybrid vehicle hits its fuel economy almost twice as hard as a regular petrol vehicles, according to new research by Emissions Analytics. Laboratory tests found that fuel economy drops 6.1 per cent in a hybrid car when the air con is turned fully on, compared to just 3.8 per cen[.]. Hybrid cars

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Average fuel economy on the up

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The average fuel economy of new light duty vehicles bought in the USA leapt from October 2007 to April 2009 from 20.2mpg to 21.3mpg. According to Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, both the unemployment rate and the cost of petrol influenced buyers’ decisions with regards to the fuel economy of their vehicles. This was put down to not only more fuel efficient vehicles, but also a decrease in the amount of driving by American motorists.

Highly-valued Mazda6 boosted by fuel economy

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The new Mazda6, which is to arrive in the UK in January 2013, will be the second model to make use of the new turbocharged petrol and [.]. Mazda’s new estate and saloon model is to give the competition something to worry about, thanks, at least in part, to the inclusion of the firm’s Skyactiv Technologies. Mazda Mazda6 residual values

Hyundai i10 honoured for ‘real’ fuel economy

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Hyundai’s compact i10 Blue received special recognition at the inaugural Honest John awards last night for being the ‘most genuinely economical petrol-engined car’. Emitting just 99g/km CO2 and with a fuel economy figure of 67.3mpg on a combined cycle, the i10 Blue was honoured for its ability to live up to its EU official economy [.].

Ford to boost fuel economy of hybrid cars

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Its hybrid car line-up has come under fire for its fuel consumption: but now Ford has revealed plans to enhance the fuel economy performance of its petrol-electric models. From August, it will introduce updates to the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid, 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid ([.]. Latest News Green cars Hybrid cars Ford

New E10 fuel to hit car fuel economy

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The introduction of new, ‘greener’ petrol to meet EU regulations could cost UK drivers billions according to new research. The introduction of E10 fuel (which is made up for 10% ethanol and 90% petrol) which is expected to happen later this year, could make cars less efficient and increase harmful [.].

US drivers want more fuel economy rather than alternative fuels

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It goes without saying that we all want our petrol engines to achieve better fuel economy at a lower cost – however, according to a new study, US vehicle owners would rather existing engine choices achieve this goal over opting for higher priced alternative fuel engines.

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New Kia Sorento to boast improved fuel economy

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Keep your eyes peeled for the new Kia Sorento (pictured) – due to go on sale later in the year, it will boast a host of changes focusing on improving its fuel economy and lowering its emissions. The vehicle, which will be manufactured in Korea, will include a host of different diesel and petrol engines [.].

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Volt misses Leaf mark in EPA’s fuel economy ratings

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The Chevrolet Volt has been awarded a fuel efficiency rating of the equivalent of 93 miles to the gallon when driven in electric-only mode, just falling short of the fuel economy figure awarded to its leading rival, the Nissan Leaf. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA), which is responsible for awarding the fuel economy rating for [.]. Tags: Chevrolet 93mpg electric EPA petrol range-extended rating volt

New Mercedes A-Class makes huge fuel economy gain

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This September, a brand new Mercedes-Benz A-Class (pictured) will go on sale across Europe – and it will feature a family of petrol and diesel engines that can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 26 per cent. When it is launched, the Mercedes A-Class 180 CDI will emit only 98g/km of CO2 while achieving [.]. Green cars Latest news Mercedes engines green cars Mercedes A-Class Mercedes-Benz

New Audi A1 to offer five doors and boost fuel economy

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Scheduled to go on sale in 2012, the new Audi A1 Sportback will be a five-door version of the well-established three-door Audi A1 model; and will boast remarkable fuel economy figures. European buyers will be able to choose between three TFSI petrol engines and three TDI diesel four-cylinder direct injection engines that can produce between [.].

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Ford improves fuel economy with new truck range

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The latest Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks look to be the greenest versions of the vehicles yet thanks to new diesel and petrol engine powertrains. Now before you say that being the greenest truck is hardly worthy of an environmental stamp of approval, consider the strides that have been taken. The 6.7litre Power Stroke V-8 Turbocharged [.].

Tata introduces next-generation petrol engines

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Indian carmaker Tata Motors - the name behind Jaguar Land Rover - has made another innovation in its efforts to boost fuel economy with the introduction of a next-generation series of petrol engines. Known as the REVOTRON series, the first engine will be a 1.2litre turbocharged intercooled multi-po[.]. Latest News Green cars Tata

Opel-Vauxhall aims to be fuel economy leader with new engines

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Having set itself the lofty goal of becoming an industry leader in terms of fuel consumption, emissions, torque and noise reduction, Opel-Vauxhall is set to renew its engine range during the next 12 months by introducing three brand new petrol and diesel engine families. Heading the list will be a turbocharged 1598cc, four-cylinder petrol engine [.].

Suzuki undercuts 100g/km with new Swift 1.2 petrol engine

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Dualjet petrol unit offers a 9.2mpg improvement in fuel economy over the current petrol engine – an improvement of 16 per cent, bringing the offici[.]. Suzuki has added a new engine choice to its popular Swift which will allow the model to cut under the 100g/km C02 mark for the first time. The new 1.2 Suzuki

Ford’s economy Focus to spread to other models

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Using its range of EcoBoost petrol engines, TDCi diesel engines and low CO2 ECOnetic Technologies, Ford is to lead an assault on excessive CO2 with its new range of Focus, C-Max, Grand C-Max, B-Max and Transit [.]. Ford emissions fuel economyFord is set to introduce no less than an impressive 15 new models with class-leading efficiency levels this year.

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Range Rover with improved fuel economy heading to UK

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The vehicles have made some significant improvements including two new refined and powerful engines - a 3.0litre LR-TDV6 diesel for the Range Rover Sport and Discovery 4 that offers more than 30mpg; and a 5.0litre supercharged LR-V8 petrol engine for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport with improved fuel economy and reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Nissan makes Juke greener and more economical

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Nissan has updated its Juke crossover lowering emissions and boosting fuel economy. Both the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre dCi diesel drivetrains have been given revised gear ratios, and both models have been fitted with manual transmissions to make them cleaner and more fuel-efficient. The 1.6-litre petrol variant now returns 47.1mpg on the combined cycle – [.]. Latest news Nissan C02 emissions fuel economy Nissan Juke

Petrol Alto beats diesel rivals in Green Car Challenge

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In the Darwin to Adelaide run, the petrol driven Alto managed to complete the journey at an average consumption of 72mpg overall, an 18.5 The Global Green Challenge ran North-South across the barren interior of Australian, pitting conventional and alternative fuel cars against each other in a 1,900 mile real world test. The winner of the challenge was the vehicle judged to have recorded the biggest improvement over its official fuel consumption figure.

New Zealanders lured by clean diesel cars

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Motorists in New Zealand are increasingly turning to the power of diesel to reduce CO2 emissions and boost fuel efficiency, the country's Motor Trade Association (MTA) reveals. According to the association, while New Zealanders are now faced with a growing array of alternative fuel options, those moving away from petrol are increasingly likely to choose [.]. Tags: Latest news alternative fuel diesel engine fuel economy MTA petrol

Ford improves Focus economy by up to 15%

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Ford has made improvements to its refreshed Focus which will ensure that it delivers fuel economy improvements of up to 15 per cent across the range. litre EcoBoost petrol engine and will also be available for the first t[.]. The new Focus is now also the first vehicle in Europe to gain Ford’s new 1.5

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Gordon Murray electric car wins RAC Future Car Challenge

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Over 60 cars took part in the 60 mile challenge to London, with a range of electric, fuel cell, hybrid, fuel efficient diesel and petrol cars at the starting [.]. Green credentials Brighton fuel economy Gordon Murray Design london RAC Future Car Challenge T.27 Gordon Murray was crowned the successful winner of last Saturday’s RAC Future Car Challenge-the second time the former F1 designer has won the energy efficiency competition.

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Ford introduce the EcoBoost petrol engine

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Much of today’s drive for cleaner, more efficient engines has focused around either attaching an electric motor to an engine to take over some of the powertrain requirements, these are known as Hybrids (famously seen in the Toyota Prius), or efficiency gains on turbochargin diesel engines, where most carmakers have found significant increases in fuel efficiency and reductions in CO2 emissions are possible – Ford’s current EcoNetic range is based on fuel efficient diesel units.

Citroen cuts emissions with new PureTech engines

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Citroen’s new family of turbo-boosted petrol engines have helped the cut greenhouse gas emissions by roughly 25 per cent. Each of the new PureTech engines offers equivalent or superior power compared to the previous generation of engines, despite offering significant improvements in fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. Citroen engines petrol

New Volkswagen Sharan to slash emissions

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The new Sharan will offer a choice of two direct injection TSI petrol and two TDI diesel engines that are up to 21 per cent more fuel efficient than the comparable engines of the outgoing model despite the fact that the [.]. Tags: Green cars Latest news Volkswagen emission reductions fuel consumption fuel economy Hybrid cars new Volkswagen Sharan new VW Sharan Volkswagen Sharan

Gear up for the Green Grand Prix

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It’s a double header for this year’s Green Grand Prix, which will offer not only a road rally but also a fuel economy competition for all classes of vehicles. Drivers of alternative fuelled cars, including hybrids and fuel-efficient petrol cars, can participate in the sixth annual event held at Watkins Green, New York.

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? Green cars Green credentials Latest news gasoline gasoline demand green cars petrol demand USAEither 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 [.].

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Mazda CX-5 to debut new Skyactiv engines

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Mazda’s all-new CX-5 model will be the first car in the UK to use the car maker’s new fuel efficiency Skyactiv technology. As such the Japanese car maker hopes to attract interest from fuel economy-conscious private buyers [.]. mazda 2012 CX-5 diesel engines petrol SKYACTIVThe ground-breaking technology will make its debut in the new compact SUV when UK sales begin in 2012.

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Scenic slashes emissions with new diesel engine

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litre ‘Energy’ dCi 130 engine to its Scenic and Grand Scenic, Renault can now offer class-leading emission and fuel efficiency in its two MPV models. In the Scenic, the new engine boosts fuel economy [.]. Renault emissions energy engine fuel efficiency petrol scenicRenault’s new Scenic model now benefits from emissions as low as 115g/km CO2 despite its family-sized dimensions. Introducing an new 1.6

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India to introduce new fuel efficiency standards

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India plans to introduce new fuel efficiency standards; the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards will give auto manufacturers time until 2015 to increase fuel economy from the current average of 14.1 With it, cars will have one to five star labels depending on their fuel efficiency. The draft fuel efficiency standard based on CAFE will be notified in May, a Road Transport ministry official told HT. for petrol cars and from 15.5

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Details revealed for greenest ever Skoda Octavia

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The third generation Octavia will be available with four petrol and four diesel engines when it hits UK shores in March 2013. Every engine – except the entry level 1.2-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesels – will come with Start/Stop and brake energy recuperation. Fuel economy [.]. Skoda has come clean on its most eco Octavia yet.

New Nissan Qashqai in Europe to offer 12V MHEV and upgraded e-POWER powertrains

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Qashqai with e-POWER not only realizes a high level of fuel efficiency and low CO 2 emissions, but also responsive and powerful acceleration. This allows engine stop to be extended and fuel consumption lowered as a result.

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Mercedes reveals spec details for new plug-in hybrid S-Class

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Mercedes-Benz has announced the price and spec details for its new S 500 plug-in hybrid – which will be rated with official fuel economy of an impressive 100.9mpg on a combined cycle. Fitted with a V6 333hp bi-turbo petrol engine, an 8.7kWh lithium ion battery pack and a 116hp electric motor, the n[.].

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Audi launches cylinder-cutting tech on A1 and A3

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Audi’s new ‘cylinder-on-demand’ (CoD) technology is helping the carmaker significantly cut its emissions and boost fuel economy. TFSI petrol models, fuel economy is as strong as 60.1 Available now on the Sport, S Line and Black Edition specs on the A1 and A3 1.4 First debuted on the Audi S and RS models, the [.]. Audi Audi A1 Audi A3 CO2 emission

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Camry in Europe features new 2.0L engine with VVT-iW for both Atkinson and Otto cycles; 13% lower fuel consumption

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The 2014 Camry in Europe is benefitting from a new, Euro V-compliant, 4-cylinder, 1,998 cc, 16v, DOHC petrol engine mated to a 6-speed Multi-mode automatic transmission which replaces the existing 2.0-liter unit and its 4-speed automatic transmission. mpg US), fuel consumption is a substantial 13% less than that of the outgoing engine. liter unit in the Camry also benefits from Toyota’s D-4S fuel injection system. The 2.5-liter unit offers fuel consumption of 7.8

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