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Cars of Summer: Saving Gas in the Kia Optima Hybrid

For most people, summer is driving season-- day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine. This summer, U.S. News is putting the cars we test through their summer paces and giving you tips and advice for making the most of your summer driving. In this installment, the Kia Optima Hybrid fights high summer gas prices while commuting. Gas prices rise in the summer, and it seems like the media ... continue reading»

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Walmart Rolls Back Gas Prices

Superstore mogul Walmart is offering 10 cents off the price of a gallon of gas this Fourth of July weekend at Murphy USA and Walmart stores. The deal, which is available in 18 states, started Wednesday and is good until September 30, 2011. To get the discount, shoppers must have a Walmart gift card or credit card. “Perhaps most amazing,” adds USA Today, “Walmart says that there are no restrictions, including no requirement for store purchases in order to get ... continue reading»

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Fewer People Will Travel This Fourth of July Weekend

Although gas prices are dropping, AAA predicts fewer Americans will travel this holiday weekend. An estimated “39 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend,” AAA reports. The number of travelers is down 2.5 percent from a year ago. AAA surveyed people who plan on driving this Fourth of July weekend and found that 56 percent said high gas prices will not influence their plans. The 44 percent who said gas ... continue reading»

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Study says No Savings with 62 mpg Cars

Recently, consumer demand for fuel efficient cars has increased thanks to rising gas prices. However, a new study conducted by the Center for Automotive Research predicts that if the government requires automakers to produce vehicles with an average fuel economy of 62 mpg by 2025, they could become too expensive to offset the fuel savings. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s no room for improvement. Automotive News reports that, “Raising federal fuel economy standards to as high as ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Environment, Green Cars, Gas Prices, Automotive Policy, EPA, Prices

High Gas Prices Boost Scooter Sales

Since gas prices are up, consumer demand for fuel-efficient vehicles has increased. As a result, scooter sales have jumped. Jeff Russo, manager of the Buffalo Scooter Co. in New York, tells The Buffalo News, "Gas prices are obviously going through the roof. They declined a little bit the last couple weeks, but people are seeing this general area of $4 a gallon. That's where we come in." Many of the scooters in Russo’s shop get 100 mpg, which ... continue reading»

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