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New EPA Fuel Economy Labels Starting to Hit Dealerships

The federal government debuted redesigned fuel economy window stickers last May in an effort to increase awareness about how much car shoppers spend on fuel. The new stickers are mandatory on all 2013 model-year vehicles, which are starting to hit dealer lots. Some automakers implemented the new stickers on their 2012 model-year vehicles. The new labels aim to provide consumers with more information, specifically on the annual fuel cost and environmental impact rating. But the estimated annual fuel cost, for ... 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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Obama Administration Delays CAFE Standards

The Obama Administration will not meet its September deadline for releasing its 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. The new deadline is mid-November of this year. CAFE is a national effort to increase fleet-wide vehicle fuel-economy averages to 54.5 mpg by 2025. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the delay in a statement, citing more “coordination with California” and “car companies” as the reason for the holdup, according to the Detroit Free Press. The New York Times indicates that ... continue reading»

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White House to Confirm 54.5 mpg Fleet Average Friday

In an effort to improve average fuel economy for automaker fleets, the U.S. government proposed a 56.2 mpg fleet average, but has lowered that number to 54.5 mpg. President Obama will make an official announcement on Friday, but it is expected that the 54.5 mpg average must be met by 2025, nearly doubling the current passenger vehicle average of about 27.8 mpg in the next 13 years. “The new standards represent a compromise for environmentalists ... continue reading»

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Chevrolet Tweaks 2012 Cruze

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class, and for 2012, Chevrolet managed to increase its fuel economy by 2 percent by making a few eco-minded changes. “One of those technologies is deceleration fuel cutoff (DFCO). While the vehicle is decelerating or slowing down, fuel is automatically shut off to the Cruze’s advanced Ecotec engine,” Chevrolet says in a press release. “When the driver accelerates, the fuel automatically begins flowing again and the ... continue reading»

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