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Diesels Still Needed For Truck Fuel Economy Despite VW Scandal: Advocate

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He's executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel, and technology. pickup VW CAFE Corporate Average Fuel Economy Truck Volkswagen diesel scandalAllen Schaeffer probably doesn't have the easiest job these days.

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2016 Ram 1500 HFE EcoDiesel fuel-economy review: 24-mpg full-size pickup truck

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You might view it as this decade's version of the Camaros, Mustangs, and Mopars that emerged in earlier days from back-corner "skunkworks" engineering groups at each Detroit automaker. Fuel Economy EcoDiesel Ram 1500 EcoDieselIt may not look like it, but the Ram full-size pickup you see here may be one of the more interesting new trucks on the road today.

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AAM develops new axle technology; lighter, more efficient for up to 1.5% better fuel economy

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QUANTUM driveline technology is scalable across a wide range of vehicle segments and provides substantial advantages regardless of vehicle size: reduced mass, increased power density, improved noise vibration and harshness (NVH) and fuel efficiency gains in a more compact system package.

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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. A compact, quiet-running 650cc 2-cylinder engine replaces the previous 2.4L

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Will Fuel Economy Rules Require Future Cars To Use Premium Gas?

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Carmakers are pursuing continual fuel-economy gains to meet the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard of 54.5 Their engineers work to squeeze every last bit of efficient from cars and trucks, but so far there's been little consideration of the fuel itself. Some efficiency-focused upgrades to standard gasoline engines. Gasoline Fuel Economy octane

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Infiniti plans VC-T engine with variable compression ratio

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While significant attention is being paid to battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains, carmakers are still trying to wring more efficiency out of internal-combustion engines. Engines Fuel EconomyNow, Infiniti is poised to introduce a technology into production cars that was previously sidelined by somewhat easier fixes. The Nissan luxury brand is set to.

2017 Audi A3 replaces 1.8L with Millerized 2.0L TFSI; better fuel economy, power and torque

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The 2017 Audi A3 Sedan and Cabriolet models in the US are now available with Audi’s more efficient Millerized 2.0-liter TFSI engine ( earlier post ) and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. l/100 km) from the 2016 A3 with the 1.8-liter engine (a 7.4% Engines Fuel Efficiency

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Select truck fleets boosted fuel economy 3% in 2015 compared to national Class 8 average

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Seventeen trucking fleets operating more than 62,000 tractors and 217,000 trailers recorded a 3% increase in fuel economy in 2015, saving an accumulative $501 million on fuel when compared to the 2015 national average fuel spend of 1.7 They achieved these gains by purchasing a variety of fuel efficiency technologies, according to the Annual Fleet Fuel Study released by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE).

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Nissan improves Pathfinder fuel economy by 30 per cent

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The vehicle boasts an improvement in fuel economy of 30 per cent thanks to a host of innovations including: an aerodynamic design; reduced engine friction; next-generation Xtronic CVT; and a 500lb weight reduction. Green cars Latest news Nissan fuel economy green cars Nissan PathfinderSUVs are rarely all that “green” – but the new Nissan Pathfinder SUV (pictured) may change that perception.

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ICCT: incremental technology can cut vehicle CO2 by half and increase fuel economy >60% through 2030 with ~5% increase in price

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l/100 km) in 2016, the The ICCT team assessed increased consumer label fuel economy (as opposed to the regulatory test fuel economy) to 35 mpg (6.71 Advanced engines. Based on updated engineering teardown analysis by FEV, ICCT reduced these costs to $91–$185.

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Porsche diesel achieves remarkable fuel economy

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Think Porsche and you probably don’t think fuel economy – however, while few buyers will reach for the new Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo because of its green credentials, there is no denying its achievements. The vehicle, which includes a 3.0litre diesel engine, consumes 37.3mpg and produces 167g/km of CO2 with optional low friction tyres. Green cars Latest news Porsche Porsche fuel economy Porsche Panamera Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo

New Mercedes engines get more complicated to meet emission rules

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While it plans to launch 10 new electric cars by 2025, Mercedes-Benz is far from done trying to improve the efficiency of internal-combustion engines. The German luxury automaker is giving its lineup of engines a major overhaul, in fact. It plans to introduce a new family of 4-, 6-, and 8-cylinder engines, with the new engines starting to arrive. emissions Daimler Fuel Economy

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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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DLR working with Yamaha on thermoelectric generators for vehicles; seeking 3-5% gain in fuel economy

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Internal combustion engines in vehicles use only about one-third of the potential energy in the fuel for propulsion; the remaining two-thirds are lost as waste heat. The goal of the DLR scientists is to reduce fuel consumption by 3-5% percent using thermoelectric generators.

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Mazda Predicts Further 30-Percent Efficiency Gain For Next SkyActiv Engines

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While other manufacturers have turned to turbocharging and hybrids to boost fuel economy, Mazda has tried to squeeze the most it can out of unassisted internal-combustion engines. The company's SkyActiv line of efficiency-focused engines rely solely on tuning and some technical tricks to maximize gas mileage. SkyActiv engines have largely lived up. Fuel Economy SKYACTIV gasoline engines

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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 vehicle will deliver an EPA-certified 28mpg on the highway with an all-new 2.0litre EcoBoost engine. 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

Next Audi Q7 To Launch Electric Turbocharger For Better Fuel Economy

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Electric motors can improve the fuel efficiency of a car--even if they''re not driving the wheels. Using electric power to run accessories like power steering lets engineers remove power-sapping accessory drives from engines--and soon, it will even help those engines produce more power from combustion as well.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup Fuel Economy: 23 MPG Combined

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How do you make a full-size pickup truck more fuel-efficient? Fitting in a smaller diesel engine seems to be working for Ram. The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel achieved an EPA fuel-economy rating of 23 mpg combined for rear-wheel drive models. MORE: 2014 Pickup Truck Gas Mileage: Ford Vs Chevy Vs Ram, Who''s Best? That represents a city rating of 20 mpg

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel: Diesel SUV Fuel Economy Tested

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Diesel engines are now offered in a growing number of passenger vehicles on sale this year and next, especially crossovers and sport utilities. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel is one of two popular models this year that offer a good test of how attractive buyers find today''s modern diesels. The other is the 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel compact

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Fiat Chrysler to offer 4-cylinder turbo four to boost fuel economy

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You'd expect an engine named Hurricane to be fairly powerful. And Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has dropped hints that it would launch a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine since as far back as 2013. Now it appears that engine is getting closer to production—and could boast nearly 300 horsepower. turbocharged Fuel Economy Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA

Toyota implements Atkinson cycle in non-hybrid ESTEC engine; up to 38% thermal efficiency and improved fuel economy

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Performance of the new ESTEC engine (1NR-FKE) compared to the current 1NR-FE engine applied in the Yaris. The Atkinson cycle with a high compression ratio is a common approach that hybrid vehicle engines use to enhance thermal efficiency. Engines Fuel Efficiency

Cummins progressing with lightweight downsized T2B2 diesel for pickup; 40% improvement in fuel economy over gasoline V8

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At the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Annual Merit Review meeting in Washington, DC last week, Michael Ruth from Cummins noted that the DOE program target for the project is a fuel economy (CAFE) target of 26 mpg (9.05 Cost of the new engine relative to gasoline baseline.

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Start-stop systems to be standard on all GM vehicles by 2020

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General Motors is about to commit to engine start-stop systems in a big way. Start-stop systems—which shut off the engine while a car is stationary to save fuel—are already available on numerous models from multiple manufacturers. General Motors stop/start CAFE Fuel Economy start-stop system Corporate Average Fuel Economy

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Honda boosts motorcycle fuel economy

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Honda’s efforts to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy go beyond its motor vehicles – they also stretch to its motorcycles, with the company developing new 700cc and 125cc engines with an accompanying second-generation Dual Clutch Transmission. The 700cc engine is a liquid cooled, four-stroke, in-line two-cylinder engine that is part of the mid-class range. [.].

Pinnacle’s opposed-piston scooter engine can meet NOx target with lean operation and ignition delay; little fuel economy hit

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For the target market (the Asian scooter market), the low NO x capability of the Pinnacle engine provides a significant cost benefit to manufacturers. For such small vehicle applications, manufacturers are seeking a fuel-efficient means of reducing engine-out NO x to avoid the cost of implementing a 3-way catalyst and closed-loop-controlled fuel injection system. Four engine control modes were evaluated with the goal of reducing NO x and minimizing fuel economy impact.

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Next-Gen Cylinder Deactivation: V-8s Using Two Cylinders, 20 Percent MPG Boost?

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Cylinder deactivation has become an important tool for squeezing better fuel economy out of larger-displacement engines. It allows engines to shut off fuel supply to some of their cylinders under light loads, effectively cutting displacement when extra power is not needed. General Motors V8 Fuel Economy Delphi Cylinder Deactivation

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2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid: two different battery packs, 'best-in-class' fuel economy claimed

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Masato Katsumoto is Toyota's chief engineer for the global Camry sedan program—so when he speaks, it's worth listening. Following yesterday's Detroit Auto Show launch of an entirely new 2018 Toyota Camry mid-size sedan, he was one of several Toyota executives who answered media questions in a morning panel. And during that session, Katsumoto. Detroit Auto Show

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Downside Of Higher Gas Mileage: AAA Slams 'Disappearing' Spare Tires

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As with any pursuit meant to enhance a single quality or area of performance, the drive toward greater fuel economy sometimes requires compromises in other areas. There's often give and take when it comes to increasing efficiency, whether it entails downsized engines, more complex electrified powertrains, or higher sticker prices. But fuel economy. Tires Fuel Economy weight reduction AAA flat tire

Fuel economy tips from an unlikely source

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Here, for the record, are its tips: - Pack light: Remove unnecessary baggage from a vehicle as for every 100lbs that a car carries, its fuel economy is cut by one-two per cent. A loaded roof rack should also be avoided, as this can decrease fuel economy by five per cent. Avoid idling: Idling along will give you a fuel economy rating of 0mpg so try and avoid congested roads and map out a back-up route beforehand.

Volvo Adds New Diesel Tech, 8-Speed Auto To Improve Fuel Economy

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The company''s new diesel engine family, launched this fall in Europe, features what Volvo calls ''i-ART'' technology to help cut fuel consumption and emissions. Volvo doesn''t sell any diesel vehicles in the U.S, but if and when it decides to change that it''ll certainly have some of the more advanced units on sale. i-ART provides pressure feedback

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Ford Engine Power, MPG Figures Tested Using Different Fuels

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Most buyers likely assume that the conditions for rating a new car's fuel economy and engine performance are identical. For at least one carmaker--Ford--and possibly others as well, that turns out not to be the case: Different gasoline formulations are used to test gas mileage than are used for engine. Green E10 EPA Ratings Fuel Economy Gasoline horsepower octaneIt's all about the asterisk, it turns out.

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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. Combining a “lead foot” with environmental factors can lead to the wide swings in fuel economy results, he said. Quite a few factors can affect hybrid fuel economy, more so than regular gas engines.

2015 BMW 740Ld xDrive Diesel: Fuel Economy Review

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For long road trips, there are few better ways to travel than in a large German luxury sedan with a diesel engine. We learned that lesson three years ago, when we tested a Mercedes-Benz S-Class diesel, and now we've had a chance to drive its BMW counterpart as well. DON'T MISS: 2012 Mercedes-Benz S 350 BlueTEC: One Week In 32-MPG Diesel Luxury

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Audi reveals fuel economy of new diesel line-up

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It was at last year''s Los Angeles Motor Show that Audi announced a new diesel model line-up that would mark the introduction of diesel engines into the Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8 and the Audi Q5 TDI models. Now the company has offered details of the fuel economy of each model.

Don't start-stop systems wear out your car's starter?

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First rolled out in Europe and Asia, where crowded city driving requires cars to spend more time at a standstill, they switch off the engine when the car's not moving. combustion cycle Fuel Economy start-stop system starterSome are almost unnoticeable, others make the car shudder each time they activate—but start-stop systems are here to stay.

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CMU study shows autonomous vehicle algorithms can have considerable effect on fuel economy; need for new approaches in testing

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Autonomous vehicle driving behavior can have a considerable effect on fuel economy. Researchers in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University have determined that fuel efficiency for self-driving cars—within the bounds of current fuel economy testing—could improve by up to 10% under efficiency-focused control strategies when following another vehicle. Autonomous driving Fuel Efficiency Regulations

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Start-stop systems to soar in number over next decade

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Plug-in electric cars are slowly becoming more common, but internal-combustion engines will remain a significant presence on the world's roads for decades to come yet. That means automakers will continue trying to squeeze ever-greater efficiency out of these engines, making them more complex in the process. emissions Fuel Economy start-stop system 48-Volt mild hybrid

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata fuel economy improves 25% versus outgoing model

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This performance represents a 25% increase in fuel economy versus the 2015 MX-5's EPA-estimated fuel economy when paired with the outgoing model’s available six-speed manual transmission, highlighting the benefits of Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology. At the same time, the 2016 MX-5 has gained Mazda’s torquey SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine. The 2016 Mazda MX-5 achieves an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway/30 mpg combined (8.7/6.9/7.8

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Smaller car worst for true fuel economy performance

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The idea that downsizing will save you money in fuel costs, has been thrown into doubt as new research reveals that small engines often fail to meet their official MPG figures by the largest margin.

ORNL study finds multi-mode RCCI can offer 15%+ fuel economy improvements across multiple light-duty driving cycles

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Drive cycle fuel economy for PFI, CDC, and multi-mode RCCI operation. Their paper is published in the International Journal of Engine Research. During RCCI-only operation, fuel usage was found to be between 57 and 69% gasoline. Dual-fuel RCCI injection strategy.

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