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Volvo Tests Flywheel Tech to Increase Fuel Economy
2012-04-26 23:58:00
Volvo tests flywheel tech to increase fuel economy Volvo is testing out a new kinetic energy recovery system that has the potential to give cars 20 percent better fuel economy... rest of article here. (Not a recent article but I didn't see it referenced or discussed anywhere on CR4. Another more
Modern Cars offer more Fuel Economy
2012-04-13 17:48:00
Improvement in Fuel Economy of Modern Cars Auto industry has always been in an effort to reduce fuel consumption. Their effort finally seems to be fruitful. Modern Cars are offering more fuel economy. University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has revealed this. The researchers there have come up with a report which claims that fuel ...
Free 2012 Fuel Economy Guide
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How the New Fuel Economy Standards Could Kill The Economy
2011-07-26 21:25:00
I?ll be upfront with this, I don?t believe that the White House?s soon to be proposed higher fuel economy standards are going to kill the economy. I just don?t think it?s realistic. In fact, I tend to be on the other side of the argument and believe the new standards would create jobs, largely due ...
Fuel Economy Standards ? It?s Time to Crap or Get off the Pot
2011-07-25 19:33:00
Remember when I said the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers had cancelled their radio ad campaign against the proposed increase in fuel economy standards? Yeah, turns out that?s back on ? in addiction to a competing ad trumpeting the benefits of pushing fuel economy standards to 60 mpg! According to an article published by the Detroit ...
Ads Against Raising Fuel Economy Standards Scrapped
2011-07-21 18:52:00
After several days of posturing and, quite frankly, whining about the Obama administration?s proposed new fuel economy standards, the Alliance of Automobile Manufactures has decided not to air its radio campaign aimed at getting the public behind less substantial fuel economy increases. (Just a note in case you didn?t know ? the new standards, which ...
Michigan Lawmakers Prepare to Fight Possible Proposed Fuel Economy Standard
2011-07-21 03:34:00
Despite having a large portion of their state’s economy saved by the Federal Government’s auto bailouts, lawmakers in Michigan are preparing to express concerns and discontent over the White House’s rumored new fuel economy standards.  In case you’re not already aware, it is believed the White House will push CAFE standards to 56.2 miles per ...
Fuel Economy vs. Fuel Taxes ? Which Will Do More?
2011-07-20 03:14:00
Here’s an interesting question: which is more likely to make you use less fuel, forcing you to buy a more fuel efficient vehicle or forcing you to pay a much, much higher fuel tax? This is sort of a relevant question because there is news that the Obama administration is considering raising fuel economy standards ...
In Europe, Ford Needs to Highlight Fuel Economy and Technology
2011-07-16 14:58:00
Despite being an American icon,  in order to succeed and continue to grow, Ford needs to expand its reach in two key areas: China and Europe.  (After all, the world is flat.)  While Ford has been growing its Asian presence relatively quickly, they have been unable to expand at the same pace in Europe. My ...
Fuel Economy: Acetone/etc versus Gasahol
2009-08-12 09:13:00
I'm not a chemist although I have read allot about ways to increase fuel economy. I've heard that by adding alcohol to gasoline ( ~ 10%) actually decreases fuel economy with the only touted benefit that the fuel burns cleaner. Alcohol decreases fuel economy two ways, it raises the fuel's s
Fuel Economy: Acetone vs. Gasoline
2009-08-12 09:13:00
I'm not a chemist although I have read allot about ways to increase fuel economy. I've heard that by adding alcohol to gasoline ( ~ 10%) actually decreases fuel economy with the only touted benefit that the fuel burns cleaner. Alcohol decreases fuel economy two ways, it rai
BMW May Use 4-Cylinder Engines to Meet U.S. Fuel-Economy Rules
2009-07-18 19:53:00
Bloomberg tells us that BMW 4-cylinders are coming to North America:  The big question is what will happen to the brand image of BMW with a 4-cylinder product? BusinessWeek takes us thru that question: You can see from the specs below that BMW has not yet produced a 4-cylinder engine which would be of interest to the North Americna market. 170 HP from 2 liters is not even close to leading the market, much less demonstrating BMW technology prosess. Several manufacturers including Ford and Nissan beat that number handily in their economy cars. The long-term answer is more technology, combined with turbocharging. The engine below is a direct-injected 4-cylinder gas engine from Europe. Click on it for a super high-res image (2319x2043 pixels, 300 pixels per inch). > Specs for the BMW 320i in Britain with an in-line 4...
New U.S. Vehicle Standards Address Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emission
2009-05-20 14:44:00
From Scientific American: President Obama today unveiled new national auto standards that will accelerate increases in auto fuel economy and impose the first-ever national greenhouse gas emissions standard on cars and trucks. "In the past, an agreement such as this would have be
Want to Increase Your Fuel Economy? Try Buying A GPS
2009-05-05 02:11:00
In car navigation has very quickly become one of the most relied on pieces of gadgetry inside the vehicle and with good reason. No longer having to print out directions from the computer or rely on memory alone to get from point A to point B is a huge benefit. Coupled with live traffic updates and road work conditions, GPS units have become a very useful device. They may be even more useful thanks to a recent study done by a research firm called NuStats that points to an decrease in the amount of money spent on fuel by GPS owners.
What's the Best Driving Method for Improved Fuel Economy?
2009-03-03 19:22:00
I have taken internal combustion engines class that says small engines running at higher load have better fuel economy than large engines running at lower load. I gues this is true for constant RPM and on flat ground. My question is does this translate to driving style for acceleration from a stands
Vehicle Skin to Return 25% Increase In Fuel Economy
2009-02-26 19:57:00
Of all the forces present on a moving vehicle, few can reduce your fuel mileage as much a drag. For this reason, many people are beginning to modify the bodies of their vehicles to increase the aerodynamic efficiency and therefore fuel mileage. It was from this idea that a new way to improve your fuel economy, called Fast Skins, was born.
Massive Discrepancy in Fuel Economy
2009-01-24 15:19:00
I am in log truck country and contractors keep close track of their costs and fuel economy. Why does a 140000 pound log truck get 5-6mpg (imp gal) and I can't get 100mpg out of my 6000 pound pickup? What am I missing as a mere physics student that an engineer would probably laugh at? Is kinetic ener
Next-Gen Prius Boasts More Power, Better Fuel Economy
2009-01-13 14:09:00
From Wired Top Stories: Toyota_prius_02_2 Toyota will defend itself against Honda's challenge to its eco-supremacy with a new Prius hybrid that is roomier, faster and more fuel-efficient than ever, returning an average of 50 mpg. The 2010 Prius unveiled at the Detroit auto sh
Mini Cooper Sport Defines Fun With Fuel Economy
2008-12-21 04:36:00
ss01-12-08Md4-remix_NAM Originally uploaded by 89AKurtMini Cooper Sport Defines Fun With Fuel EconomyByDiana CampbellThey're still rare enough on the Midwestern US streets that the sight of a Mini Cooper does register no matter how many other things I have on my mind. When I saw a Mini Cooper Sport convertible zipping through the stoplight with a big grin on the driver's face I knew I had to learn more about this car.The Mini Cooper was designed and built to fulfill a very specific challenge. In 1957, the Suez Canal Crisis sent fuel costs in England soaring. So leaders at the Morris Car Company challenged their engineers and production teams to come up with a car that fit four very specific needs. It had to be small, fuel-efficient, capable of carrying four adults and affordable for just about anyone.The Mini Cooper represented a real revolution in its design. To fit the small size requirement the engine was turned sideways. The make sure four adults could ride inside, the wheels...
Fuel economy
2008-12-10 18:34:00
With everyone talking fuel economy and no one doing much about it (at least too little too late), it seems to me we are looking in the wrong direction. With Detroit cranking out more gas guzzlers, Obama wants to put more money into improving infrastructure in the form of new highways and repair of e
Save Gas Without Losing Your Shirt: 3 Gas Saving Devices with High Scam Pot
2008-05-29 19:21:00
Fuel saving scams, er, devices, have been around for a long time, and now that fuel prices are soaring again, we decided it would be a good time to take a look at a few of the most popular and...
Low Impact Living: Oh Please ? Chrysler Offering $2.99 Gas for 3 Years
2008-05-28 20:22:00
Editor’s note: There’s no doubt: Americans are feeling the pinch at the gas pump (even if we’re still paying less than residents of most other developed nations). Our friends at Low...
Kenworth T660s Deliver Excellent Fuel Economy
2008-05-27 15:55:00
Quality Liquid Feed (QLF) has provided supplemental liquid feed for livestock all across the United States since 1977. To help support the company¹s far-flung operations, QLF Transportation was formed in 1999. Starting with just 12 trucks, the fleet has since grown to more than 75 trucks, mostly Kenworths. In the spring of 2007, QLF Transportation became ...
Get The Best Fuel Economy To Reduce Your Gas Bill
2008-05-26 07:52:00
You think it can’t get any worse, but each trip to the filling station you see a higher price posted on the sign. One tank now sets you back a ridiculous sum of money. Is there any way to fight back? Many Americans are quickly realizing their first line of defense is to achieve the ...
How to Get 70 MPG Out of a Honda Civic
2008-05-20 01:05:00
Like this post? Subscribe to our RSS feed and stay up to date. Although it could be one of the ugliest car hacks I’ve ever seen, Mike Turner of Hodges, SC, modified his 1992 Honda Civic to get...
100+ EcoDriving Tips to get Better Mileage in Your Car
2008-05-11 03:52:00
Source: greefus groinks There’s been a lot of buzz on the internet and on TV about ecodriving, hypermiling, ecomodding, or  other techniques for saving fuel., a site dedicated to...
2009 Jetta BlueTDI Comes to US This Summer, Sports 60 MPG and Cleaner Emiss
2008-05-09 19:20:00
VW’s Jetta BlueTDI: 60 MPG, 90% Emissions Reduction for NOx VW’s ultra-low emission Jetta BlueTDI will be coming to the US mid-summer, according to an announcement made late last month at...
VW Confirms 1L Concept Will Become Reality in 2010
2008-05-07 03:21:00
Image source: motorauthority There’s been talk about the VW 1L concept for years. Since VW built the original, fuel economy, safety, price, and release date has been speculated upon and argued...
Can Improved Spark Plugs Boost Both Fuel Economy and Performance?
2008-05-02 16:09:00
Like this post? Subscribe to our RSS feed and stay up to date. As has happened before, with gas prices continuing to climb, the demand for improved fuel economy will increase as well, and all manner...
Six New Technologies Will Help Manufacturers Reach the 35 MPG Goal (Without
2008-05-01 16:45:00
As the automakers scramble to make plans for achieving 35 MPG by 2020, it seems that our suspicions that the task is entirely possible without fancy hybrids or hydrogen cars has been confirmed. The...
Fuel economy, measured in 2008 terms
2008-05-01 00:30:00
"With gas prices high, and showing no sign of returning to the levels we know and love, can we find some solace in the digital world?"
HyperMilling How to Save Money on Gas, fuel economy and Drive Cheaper
2008-04-30 18:38:00
I was surprised to read this article about driving, gas mileage and hypermilling which is basically the art of conservative driving to save gas in general by getting about 30% better gas mileage. Of course the results differ depending on which car you drive (or truck) but I think this article brings up a lot of good ...
CAFE rules mandate fuel economy numbers all over the board
2008-04-29 01:43:00
CAFE rules mandate fuel economy numbers all over the board The mandated CAFE rules coming in 2015 for North American new cars will have one manufacturers' products meet stricter fuel efficiency numbers than others. The standards will not just be measured by the vehicle's footprint, but also how many are made by the manufacturer. For example, larger trucks from manufacturers such as GM's will need to be less fuel efficient than Suzuki's, by about 6mpg according to NHTSA estimates for the 2015 model year. The footprint is calculated in squared feet as the relative area between a vehicle's tires. As such, the proposed federal fuel economy regulations will see the highest relative fuel efficiency increase in the smallest vehicles. Furthermore, the CAFE law will see a 25 percent improvement over today's average fleet consumption in the five-year period from 2011-15, with a 40 percent improvement by 2020, where the industry average is to be 35mpg. The Nati...
U.S. Fuel Economy Standards Boosted to 31.6 MPG by 2015
2008-04-23 19:34:00
The White House has outlined their plan to increase fuel efficiency standards to 35 MPG by 2020, a move that will save Americans an estimated $100 billion in fuel costs. The mandate was outlined in...
Automakers Respond to New Nationwide Fuel Economy Proposal
2008-04-23 02:31:00
Remember how the automakers fought against the 35 mpg by 2020 CAFE increase late last year? They are also fighting against possible state-by-state emissions and fuel economy regulations issues that are going through the courts. Following the news today of the NHTSA's call for cars to reach a 35.7 mpg average (and light trucks reach a 28.6 mpg average) by 2015, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers seems to be OK with it. The Auto Alliance issued a statement today (pasted after the jump) wherein Dave McCurdy, the Alliance's president and CEO says "This proposal represents an important mile marker on the road to at least 35 miles per gallon by 2020." The Alliance - which speaks for BMW Group, Chrysler LLLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes Benz Usa, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota And Volkswagen - said the automakers "believe this tough, nationwide, proposed fuel economy increase will be good for both consumers and energy security. While these increases will...
Slow sales and new fuel economy regs kill Nissan Titan
2008-04-15 18:47:00
whenever Nissan introduced the Titan pickup barter earlier this decade, they became the leading Japanese Automaker to expressly challenge the U.S. manufacturers in the full-size barter section. Unfortunately for Nissan, the gamble didn’t pay against, yet the assemblage knows whenever to stop throwing good money following bad. accompanying sales of solitary 65,000 a year and nay sales outside of ern America, it didn’t make sense for Nissan to spend money developing a new generation medium. (Read the full post about ‘Slow sales and new fuel economy regs kill Nissan Titan’…)
Saturn Astra reviews get mixed reviews of fuel economy
2008-04-13 16:02:00
Click the Astra for a high res galleryThe launch of the new Saturn Astra marked a turning point for GM's youngest brand as it finally abandoned the idea of making a different kind of American small car to compete with imports. The Astra is in fact an import produced in Europe by Opel. For its initial production run, Saturn is only offering the car with one engine, a 1.8L four cylinder, and a choice of either a 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission. Here at ABG we've only had a couple of brief opportunities to drive the new Astra and we'll try to get one for a full review soon. In the meantime, there are two other reviews up right now. Our pal Chris over on the Autoblog side of the house just had one and Canadian Driver also published their review. As Saturn's smallest car, the Astra would be expected to be efficient and compared to many cars on the road in the US right now it is. But context is everything. Chris managed to achieve 28mg during his week with the car whi...
How to Get Hybrid Fuel Economy Without New Car
2008-04-08 20:18:00
When fuel prices rise, talking heads promote hybrid cars. Want to save gas money and conserve resources? Buy a hybrid! But with today's economy, few people can afford new vehicles. Hybrid-like fuel economy is possible in non-hybrid cars, if drivers know how to maximize their cars' or trucks' performance.Here we offer these suggestions:- Maintain Vehicles. An out-of-tune engine can increase fuel consumption by 15 percent. Owners should always follow their car manufacturer's tune-up schedule.- Upgrade to a Better Motor Oil. Switching to a high-performance, synthetic motor oil saves both gas and dough. According to independent tests, upgrading motor oil can improve fuel economy by 5 percent.The Web site has a 'fuel-savings calculator' that demonstrates how much money can be saved just by upgrading lubricants -; it's significant.- Replace Air Filters. Air filters keep impurities from damaging engines' interiors, so replacing dirty filters will save gas and pr...
Dingell might get the final say on state-based fuel economy laws
2008-04-08 02:08:00
We all know that the Democratic Representative from the Automakers Michigan, John Dingell, is a foe of state-based regulations over the auto industry. Back in February, he tried to revive an excised portion of the energy bill that would have made federal CO2 limits take precedence over state rules. In an editorial in Automotive News (subs req'd), Edward Lapham writes that it's Dingell who will be of very few lawmakers who "get" why America needs a national fuel economy law instead of allowing states to set their own rules. The three major presidential candidates, Lapham writes, don't get it and neither do many other in Congress. Lapham even equates states setting their own fuel economy rules "would be akin to letting them print their own money." For Lapham and Dingell, the protracted wait between federal increases in the CAFE standard must have looked pretty good. If all the power sits in Washington, then you can slow laws down there and be all set. I mean, if the feds retain con...
BMW Diesel returned better fuel economy than a Prius
2008-03-21 07:37:00
If I were to tell you that a BMW with a diesel engine can "beat" a Prius in fuel economy, would you believe me? No, I didn't think so, cause I would not believe it either. Two writers for the Sunday Times in London, have decided to see if the official fuel economy numbers released by the manufacturers will actually match in a real time scenario. The cars they decided to put head to head, were the BMW 520d with a 2.0-liter diesel engine and the hybrid Toyota Prius.  Fair game?  Well, most of us wouldn't think so, but they still went ahead and scheduled a test to take place on a route from London to Geneva.  The results? The BMW 520d got 41.9 mpg while the full-hybrid Prius, 500 pounds lighter, got 40.1 mpg, of course, U.K gallons(we were too lazy to do the conversion). Here are some other interesting fragments from their report. Whilst the BMW "doesn't have the external look of a green car and you don't get the same self-righteous glow when ...
BMW Diesel returned better fuel economy than a Prius
2008-03-21 01:21:00
If I were to tell you that a BMW with a diesel engine can "beat" a Prius in fuel economy, would you believe me? No, I didn't think so, cause I would not believe it either. Two writers for the Sunday Times in London, have decided to see if the official fuel economy numbers ...
Mercedes Benz 'Blue' Fuel Economy
2008-03-15 10:30:00
-Click the photo to enlarge!Mercedes announced a new line-up that would feature its well-known luxury cars, but with a little twist. That twist, it turns out, is that these models, dubbed "Blue Efficiency," would be modified to optimize fuel economy and not power output. So far three C-Class models have been released, in both diesel and gasoline versions. The most impressive of the group is easily the 200 CDI. This 2.2L diesel engine delivers 134 hp, 199 lb-ft of torque, and an extremely admirable 46.1 mpg (up from 38.6 in the non-Blue Efficiency model). In its Blue Efficiency line-up Mercedes employs what is called passive modifications. In the Blue Efficiency models Mercedes shaved weight with lighter windows, less sound-proofing, and a thinner windshield. To reduce aerodynamic drag the car was lowered, has part of the grill blocked, and had some protrusions like mirrors and door handles optimized. This all makes for a more efficient car that the public is likely not to notice. Me...
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Car and Driver Increase Pinto Fuel Economy with $11 of Ecomods
2008-03-15 02:06:00
Recently Darin at EcoModder dug up a Car and Driver article from the middle of the US gas crisis in 1974. It may be a little dated, but considering recent gas price increases these kinds of DIY hacks...
Subaru STI: Is Diesel the Intersection of Power and Fuel Economy?
2008-03-05 23:41:00
We all know that fast cars are fun and fuel-sipping cars are environmentally responsible, but is there a middle ground? Short of expensive electric sports cars like the Tesla Roadster, there may be...
Couple sets fuel economy standard in Jeep SUVs
2008-03-05 03:25:00
As you may recall “fuel economy enthusiasts” John and Helen Taylor are the husband and wife team who successfully drove a Peugeot 308 HDi into the record books. Well now Jeep has thrown down the gauntlet, lending the duo a Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot to complete a fuel efficiency challenge and set new standards for ...
Hybrid Cars - Do You Really Save With These Fuel Economy Cars?
2008-02-21 01:30:00
Hybrid Cars - Do You Really Save With These Fuel Economy Cars?By Kerry Ng At the instance of this writing, there is a mettlesome existence played. And in my opinion, the mettlesome is called, “confronting the US lubricator crisis”. The field players are the automobile manufacturers, the government, maybe the EPA and hit instruction the grouping ...
Gas Savings, Better Gas Mileage, Fuel Economy...
2008-02-13 06:18:00
  Go green: Save Money At The Pump! The price of fuel is a topic on the minds of all Americans. War, weather and politics have the price of regular, unleaded gasoline teetering just above the $3.00/gallon mark with no sign of relief in sight. As truck enthusiasts, convincing any of us to run out and buy some compact, fuel-efficient hybrid is just unrealistic. But, there are some things you can do to fight back at the pump (and gain a few extra horsepower on the way). Interested? We thought so. This article is designed to show you some of the things you can do to squeeze a few more miles out of every gallon by maximizing the performance of the three main areas that contribute to your vehicle’s efficient use of fuel: air intake, exhaust and fuel/spark delivery. Gas Savings, Better Gas Mileage, Fuel Economy... Click here for related pages
Fuel Economy Car Becomes a Important Role By Angulo Fu
2008-02-03 09:03:00
World's Cheapest Car is UnveiledAfter months of rumors and tantalizing leaks, Indian automaker Tata Motors has finally unveiled the Tata Nano -- its already legendary $2,500 (1-lakh) car.The words "Tata Nano" have nothing to do with tiny music players, but the car going by that name's price and size are still nearly small enough to dance on the head of a pin.As expected, the car that Tata claims will change the face of not only the Indian car market, but the global auto industry will be a four door, five seat hatch, powered by a 30 HP Bosch 624 cc four stroke engine mounted out back and mated to a CVT. That makes the Nano the first time a 2-cylinder gasoline engine will be used in a car with a single balancer shaft. The Nano's also expected to get 54 US miles per gallon.BackgroundPetrol price have successfully hit record levels after oil reached the $100 a barrel mark, sending financial shockwaves through world markets. Fuel economy is at the top of the list of factors shoppers c...
Fuel Economy: What You Should Know if You?re in the Market for a New Vehic
2008-01-27 07:37:00
If you’ve been kicking around the idea of buying or leasing a new SUV and upgrading to a more fuel-efficient model, it’s important to know that you may not be comparing apples and apples. This year marked a change in how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determines how the fuel economy of brand new 2008 ...
Ford Explorer America Concept: EcoBoost technology improves fuel economy
2008-01-21 14:44:00
The new Ford Explorer America Concept will be using the EcoBoost technology, and what this will do is help to achieve at least 20-30 percent better fuel economy. However do not think for one moment that performance is compromised, as you will be mistaken. The Ford Explorer America Concept SUV uses a number of features to ...
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