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Diesel Engines Becoming Increasingly Popular in the U.S.

Vehicles equipped with diesel engines are becoming more popular as American consumers are looking for more fuel-efficient vehicles, and maybe aren’t thrilled with the prospect of buying an electric or hybrid car. Diesel engines are about 30 to 35 percent more fuel-efficient than a similar-sized gasoline engine, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. They also produce a lot more torque than gas engines, making them feel faster and more powerful. “Surveys show the proportion of American car shoppers willing ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, BMW 3 Series, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda, Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Diesel engines, diesel

Gap Between Consumer-Preferred Auto Brands Decreases

The Consumer Reports Brand Perception Survey reveals a new trend in how consumers view car brands. While the survey does not reflect vehicle quality, it does show that shoppers see fewer differences between the top auto brands and their competitors. “Toyota, Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet, which have been perennial leaders in the survey, maintained their top positions but have seen the points gap decrease,” says Consumer Reports. “In fact, most of the top brands saw double-digit drops in their total ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Trends, Consumer Reports, Brand Perception Survey

Safety Technology Takes Years to Trickle into Most Cars

Crash avoidance safety features, like lane departure warning systems, that are available in some luxury vehicles could significantly decrease the number of vehicle accidents, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). But it can take at least three decades for safety features like these to be on 95 percent of vehicles that are on the road. In fact, the HLDI says that it may not be until 2049 that crash avoidance technologies are available on most registered vehicles. “Technology ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, IIHS, Highway Loss Data Institute

Volvo S60 Lineup Expands, Earns Five Stars in NHTSA Crash Tests

The 2012 Volvo S60 may look a little more attractive to upscale midsize car shoppers, thanks to some new trim options and excellent crash test scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Currently, you have to buy the top-of-the-line S60 T6 to get all-wheel drive. But Volvo U.S. President John Maloney announced at the Detroit Auto Show that the less expensive S60 T5 will be available with all-wheel drive, according to Car and Driver. “The new S60 T5 ... continue reading»

Tags: News, NHTSA, Volvo S60, Model News

Chevrolet Volt May Get Greener with Renewable Energy

Earlier this week, we told you that the Chevrolet Volt didn’t pose a greater risk of fire than gas-powered cars. Now, General Motors is working to make the Volt more environmentally-friendly. Working with PJM Interconnection, a company that manages energy grids in 13 states and the District of Columbia, GM has developed software that manages the Volt’s charge time by matching the availability of renewable energy. Using the Volt’s OnStar data connection, the software would regulate charging ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Chevrolet Volt, Model News

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