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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

IIHS Recognizes Fuel-Efficient Top Safety Picks

After completing a new round of testing on 13 small cars, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety confidently recommends models that are both Top Safety Picks and average a minimum of 40 mpg on the highway on at least one trim level. “The ratings are based on performance in front, side, rollover, and rear impact evaluations. Cars that earn the top rating of good in each test and have available electronic stability control (ESC) qualify for Top Safety Pick,” writes ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Green Cars, Gas Prices, Safety, IIHS, EPA

The Chevrolet Volt in the Snow

Most reviews of the Chevrolet Volt dwell on its powertrain and technology, which is understandable. It’s a ground-breaking car. But, once the novelty of traveling 100 miles and using only 1.1 gallons of gas (like I managed to do in my first weekend with the Volt) wears off, this is a car that you still need to live with on a daily basis. Living in New Hampshire means living with snow. And luckily for me, we had some ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Green Cars, Gas Prices, Chevrolet Volt, Hybrid Cars, Winter Driving

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