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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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.

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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.

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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Qoros Auto unveils drivable engineering development car with QamFree engine; near +50% boost in power & torque, -15% fuel consumption

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At the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show, Qoros Auto introduced the first drivable engineering development car—a modified Qoros 3 hatchback—equipped with the QamFree engine featuring FreeValve’s Pneumatic-Hydraulic-Electric-Actuator (PHEA) technology. Engines Fuel Efficiency

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

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The new TT and TTS models will be available with three different four-cylinder engines with turbocharging and direct injection. The new sports car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph). Diesel Fuel Efficiency

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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 TSI in the Polo BlueGT is the top engine of the entirely new EA211 series of petrol engines.

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.

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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept hybrid delivers 550 hp with 42.8 mpg fuel economy

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The four-door fastback is powered by a hybrid electric powertrain that is expected to deliver 550 hp (410 kW) with fuel consumption of 5.5 Combined engine and motor system torque is 750 N·m (553 lb-ft). Driver Assistance Systems Engines Hybrids

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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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. Average fuel consumption is between 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph).

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. Engine.

Hyundai introduces hybrid version of new Sonata; 10% improvement in fuel economy over predecessor

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Hyundai expects the 2016 Sonata Hybrid to improve fuel economy more than 10%. The 2016 Sonata Hybrid features a downsized 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that houses a more powerful 38 kW electric motor and clutch where the torque converter would normally be found. Sonata Hybrid’s Nu engine produces 154 horsepower (115 kW) and 140 lb-ft (190 N·m) of torque.

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. And, according to Police Fleet Magazine , the typical police vehicle wastes half a gallon of fuel for each hour it idles.

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. 2013 Honda CR-Z. Click to enlarge.

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

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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. By some estimates, tire design can help improve fuel efficiency by up to 7%.

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 Fuel consumption and distance traveled were again documented by ATDS.

Axion Power and ePower Engine Systems enter 5-year agreement for use of PbC batteries in diesel-electric drivetrains for Class 8 trucks; tests suggest up to 35% improvement in fuel economy

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Axion Power International, Inc, the developer of advanced lead-carbon PbC batteries and energy storage systems ( earlier post ), has entered a strategic relationship with ePower Engine Systems LLC. —Andy Claypole, ePower Engine Systems CEO.

Ford unveils 1.5L EcoBoost engine in new Mondeo in China

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Ford unveiled the new, fifth-generation global Mondeo in China, the first Ford to be equipped with the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. EcoBoost is the fifth and latest member to join Ford’s global family of EcoBoost engines, which includes a 1.0-liter three-cylinder, 1.6- Ford’s EcoBoost technology combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to enable a downsized engine to gain fuel economy by up to 20% over larger engines with no loss of performance.

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New generation VW Polo features more fuel-efficient engines and advanced driver assistance; Polo TDI BlueMotion with 73.5 mpg

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Volkswagen is introducing its next generation of the supermini (B segment) Polo, featuring a range of new EU6 engines that are up to 21% more fuel-efficient and new driver assistance technologies. The new Polo TDI BlueMotion takes the efficiency lead with combined fuel consumption of 3.2

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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. It also offers consumer information and advice pertaining to vehicle fuel economy and energy-related issues such as driving tips. Analysis has focused on speeds of 50, 60, 70 and 80 mph. [

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Toyota unveils new TNGA-based engines and transmissions and improved hybrid systems; deployment begins in 2017

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In Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation unveiled new advanced engines and transmissions and further evolved hybrid systems based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). mph) and approximately 20% better fuel economy. Dynamic Force Engines.

GM to introduce strong hybrid version of Malibu; combined fuel economy above 45 mpg; leverages Volt

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Using technology from the 2016 Chevrolet Volt propulsion system ( earlier post ), Malibu Hybrid will offer an estimated combined fuel economy rating exceeding 45 mpg (5.22 engine with start/stop. Engine and Drive Unit. —Jesse Ortega, Chevrolet Malibu chief engineer.

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. 1 compression ratio, the new engine generates maximum power of 150 DIN hp/110 kW at 5,600 - 6,500 rpm, and maximum torque of 199 N·m (147 lb-ft) at 4,600 rpm. seconds, and on to a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph).

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

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The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid combines output from a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and a small high-torque electric motor through its unique transaxle, delivering a combined 194 system horsepower and 206 lb-ft (279 N·m) of torque. Fuel Efficiency Hybrids

BMW shows future drive technoliges; 2 Series PHEV prototype, direct water injection in 3-cyl. engine, and fuel cell eDrive

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combustion engine, high-voltage generator and road-linked all-wheel drive via an electric drive system at the rear axle. BMW is collaborating with Toyota on fuel cell systems. BMW Group, Innovation Days Efficient Dynamics 2015: Hydrogen Fuel Cell eDrive Technology.

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ICCT-led test of 73 Euro 6 diesels finds large difference in NOx results under NEDC and more realistic WLTC

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EGR systems recirculate a portion of exhaust gas to the combustion chamber, lowering the combustion temperature and the production of engine-out NO x. LNT systems adsorb NO x to a catalyst during lean engine operation. Diesel Emissions Engines Regulations

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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.

ORNL study quantifies fuel economy costs of common driver practices and vehicle alterations

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have quantified the fuel economy effects of some common driver practices and vehicle accessories or alterations—including underinflated tires, open windows, and rooftop and hitch-mounted cargo. The SUV, a 2009 Ford Explorer with a 4-liter V6 engine, was also tested while towing an enclosed trailer. l/100 km) at 60 mph (97 km/h) to 33 mpg (7.1 Using a rooftop cargo box with the SUV decreased fuel economy from 24.9

Consumer Reports finds Honda Accord hybrid fuel economy “impressive”, but short of EPA 47 mpg rating

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Consumer Reports fuel economy tests found the Honda Accord Hybrid delivered impressive overall fuel-economy of 40 mpg (5.88 However, Consumer Reports’ engineers cautioned that buyers expecting their car to deliver the EPA’s figure of 47 mpg posted on the window sticker might be disappointed. We’ve found that the EPA tests often exaggerate the fuel-economy of hybrids.

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

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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. EPA estimated fuel economy figures for the clean diesel introductions are as follows: Audi MY 2014 US diesel lineup. The all-new Audi A3 sedan arriving in 2014, will also be available with a TDI clean diesel engine. Diesel Engines Fuel Efficiency

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. And, according to Police Fleet Magazine , the typical police vehicle wastes half a gallon of fuel for each hour it idles.

Volkswagen boosts Beetle Turbo and Jetta GLI with EA888 Gen 3 engine; more power, improved fuel economy

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The most notable of these is fitment of a new version of the EA888 Gen 3 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI gasoline engine. The new engine delivers a manufacturer-estimated improvement in fuel efficiency for the Beetle models of between 4-8% percent on the combined cycle and by up to 9% percent on the city cycle. The new engine produces 210 horsepower (157 kW), an increase of 10 hp over the previous Gen 2 TSI engine. Engines Fuel Efficiency

Volkswagen introduces new 1L, 3-cylinder gasoline Golf; 54.7 mpg

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In Europe, Volkswagen has introduced the new Golf TSI BlueMotion featuring a new 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder with low fuel consumption of 4.3 mpg US) (99 g/km CO 2 )—more efficient than any previous Golf with a gasoline engine. seconds and goes on to a top speed of 204 km/h (127 mph).

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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.

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 first tested the base turbocharged engine.

Volvo Pulls Back Curtain on XC60 PHEV

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The XC60 Concept offers an energy-efficient 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gas engine paired with an electric motor. The engine delivers 280 hp to the front wheels; the 70 hp motor powers the rear wheels. There is a Hybrid Mode that used both the gasoline engine and electric motor.

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Chevrolet makes Stop/Start standard on base 4-cylinder in 2015 Impala; 5% improvement in city fuel economy

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Stop/start technology will be standard on the 2015 Impala base 2.5-liter ECOTEC engine, an addition that improves the vehicle’s city fuel economy by nearly 5%, or one mile per gallon. The Impala comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, which currently accounts for more than 30% of Impala retail sales. engine with stop/start, and a premium 3.6L six-cylinder engine. V-6 engine will not include stop/start technology. Fuel Efficiency SSVs

Bentley’s new 616hp 12-cylinder GT Speed convertible with 8-speed and energy recuperation improves fuel economy by 15%

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liter W12 combined with a close-ratio eight-speed ZF transmission to deliver a 15% improvement in fuel economy. Provisional EPA fuel economy ratings for the convertible are 12 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined. Provisional EU cycle fuel consumption figures are 22.7 The twin-turbocharged, 48-valve, W12 engine powers the new convertible to 60 mph in 4.1 s) and onto a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h).

First Look: 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid

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And when it does, the Q5 Hybrid will deliver good fuel economy and sporty performance for a vehicle of its size. liter direct-injection, turbocharged inline four cylinder engine and a 40 kW electric motor. seconds and hit a top speed of 139 mph.

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BMW Group presents prototype of i8 plug-in hybrid; first use of new 3-cylinder engine

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Calculated using the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the average fuel efficiency of the BMW i8 at model launch will be less than 2.5 Plug-in hybrid system of the i8: 3-cylinder engine in the rear, battery in the center, eDrive unit in the front. Prototype BMW i8 at the track.

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