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NEMPA/MIT Conference Looks at Fuel Economy and Vehicle Weight

The Cadillac ATS uses aluminum to safe The challenge of balancing vehicle weight with fuel economy was the central topic at a New England Motor Press Association and Massachusetts Institute of Technology conference last Thursday. Panelists representing auto manufacturers, academia and government affairs spoke about the impact of increased fuel economy standards on new car construction, materials and price. Over the past 30 years, cars have become heavier. A 1983 Honda Accord has a curb weight of 2,300 pounds. The 2013 LX sedan model with an ... continue reading»

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More Diesels Coming Stateside to Help Meet CAFE Standards

As automakers search for new ways to meet the government’s 54.5 mpg Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard by 2025, diesel engines are becoming more common. While once only found under the hood of heavy duty pickups and the occasional German car, diesel engine’s high torque output and great fuel economy make them viable options for many manufacturers looking to boost their CAFE. Several automakers are planning to add diesel engines to their engine repertoires in the ... continue reading»

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Car Buyers Want Good Fuel Economy

According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Avoider Study, gas mileage is more important to consumers than ever. “The study finds that gas mileage is the most influential reason for purchasing a particular vehicle model in 2012, surpassing the influence of other key reasons such as reliability, the deal and exterior styling, which were the most influential purchase reasons in 2010,” says J.D. Power in a press release. With gas mileage becoming more important in the automotive ... continue reading»

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U.S. Government's 2025 Fuel Standards Met with Mixed Reviews

In 2011, the Obama Administration released new fuel economy standards for automakers, which require that an automaker’s fleet of cars and light trucks average 54.5 mpg by 2025. The federal mandate has been met with a mix of positive and negative reactions from consumer groups and car dealers who disagree over its consumer benefits. Consumer groups, like Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America, approve of the 54.5 mpg average because they say that consumer savings will ... continue reading»

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"Automobiles on Steroids": Cars Aren't as Efficient as They Could Be

According to MIT Professor of Applied Economics, Christopher Knittel, small cars and light trucks could have much higher fuel economy ratings than they do. In “Automobiles on Steroids,” Knittel says that that stunted growth in fuel economy averages can’t be blamed on slow strides in fuel-efficient technologies. Advances “have barely increased the mileage per gallon that autos actually achieve on the road,” says MITnews. “Because automobiles are bigger and more powerful than they were three decades ago, major innovations ... continue reading»

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