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Technology Boosting Both Fuel Economy and Horsepower

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 With concerns about greenhouse gases, importing foreign oil and the government’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirement of 54.5 mpg looming, fuel economy is getting unprecedented attention from automakers and consumers. It may seem surprising, then, that while fuel economy is rising, so is the horsepower rating of many cars. Paul Eisenstein of The Detroit Bureau noticed this phenomenon last month at the New York International Auto Show. He noted that alongside hybrid models such as the Nissan Pathfinder ... continue reading»

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Automakers Brainstorm to Meet 54.5 MPG Standard

With new fuel economy standards set for 2025, automakers are working to figure out how to meet the upcoming 54.5 mpg requirement. This week, they’re hashing out ideas at the Center for Automotive Research’s annual Management Briefing Seminars. “The use of turbo-chargers should jump to more than 80 percent in 2020 from around 5 percent in 2009,” writes The Detroit News, who also reports that automakers are working on fuel-saving techniques that include lightweight materials, as well ... continue reading»

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Obama Announces 54.5 mpg Fuel Economy Guidelines for 2025

By model-year 2025, fuel economy across each automaker’s fleet of vehicles will need to average 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks, The White House Office of the Press Secretary reports. President Obama was joined by representatives from Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar/Land Rover, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, Volvo, the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the State of California, when making his announcement today. “This agreement on fuel standards represents the single ... continue reading»

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