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Your Roof Rack Is Killing Your Fuel Economy

Having one could make your gas bill go up by 25%: researchers

(Newser) - You could argue that having a roof rack on your car makes it easier to stay fit: Throw a bike or skis on top, head over to the park or slopes, and burn off some calories on the trails. You could also say it makes your car less efficient—and... More »

Mitsubishi Admits Cheating Fuel Tests Since 1991

Millions of vehicles in Japan could be affected

(Newser) - The new Volkswagen: Mitsubishi? The car company announced Tuesday it has been cheating fuel tests in Japan for the past 25 years, an admission that caused shares to fall by 10% to a record low, reports CNNMoney . Mitsubishi's market value had already plunged last week with news that engineers... More »

6M Cars Being Yanked From Road to Ease Pollution

Beijing restarts effort to clean up 'extremely grim' situation

(Newser) - China's government plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities. The plan also calls for filling stations in Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities to switch to selling only the cleanest grades... More »

Ford Reveals Radical Change to F-150

Its famous steel body will now be 97% aluminum

(Newser) - For 66 years, Ford pickups have been, well "built Ford tough." Their 5,000 pounds have cleared tornado debris, pulled Rose Bowl floats, and plowed snow. And they've shouldered those loads with parts forged from steel. Until now. Ford today unveiled a new F-150 (the 2015 model... More »

EPA Rethinks Hybrid Mileage

And hauls in Ford for special testing

(Newser) - The EPA is taking the unusual step of hauling in Ford's C-Max hybrid for special testing as it reevaluates its rules for determining mileage for next-generation hybrids, USA Today reports. Usually, the EPA lets automakers test their fuel mileage themselves according to its rules, but the agency has had... More »

EPA: Hyundai, Kia Exaggerated Fuel Claims

Automakers will give debit cards to reimburse nearly 1 million buyers

(Newser) - The EPA says Hyundai and Kia overstated the fuel efficiency of more than 900,000 of their recent vehicles by as much as 6 miles per gallon, reports the Los Angeles Times . The South Korean automakers apologized, blamed "procedural errors," and promised to send customers debit cards to... More »

Coming From Ford: Aluminum Pickup Trucks

Lighter metal will help F-150 meet fuel economy standards

(Newser) - The next incarnation of Ford's F-150 will be as tough as … aluminum? By 2014 the company will be building most of the body of its signature truck out of that lightweight metal in a bid to boost its fuel economy, in what the Wall Street Journal calls "... More »

Meet US' Most Efficient Car: 118MPG

Honda Fit EV wins EPA title

(Newser) - The 2013 Honda Fit EV is the most efficient car sold on these shores, according to the EPA—and it's been awarded the highest fuel efficiency equivalency rating ever, at 118 MPGe. That figure beats Mitsubishi's iMiEV, at 112 MPGe, as well as the Ford Focus Electric, which... More »

Hybrid Cars Don't Pay: Study

Except for a few models, hybrids and electric cars take years to pay off

(Newser) - Thinking of buying a hybrid or electric vehicle to ease the pain at the pump? You may want to think again: A TrueCar.com study commissioned by the New York Times shows that, except in three cases, fuel-efficient technology is so expensive that these types of cars take years to... More »

New US Fuel Standards: 54.5 MPG by 2025

Obama hails new goal with automakers

(Newser) - Announcing new fuel-efficiency standards, President Obama hailed his administration’s deal with automakers as “the single most important step we’ve ever taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” With mileage standards almost doubling, Americans will save some $8,000 per vehicle on fuel,... More »

Obama Pushing to Double Fuel Efficiency Standards

Move would catch US up to Europe, China and Japan

(Newser) - The Obama administration is trying to convince automakers to accept a significant hike in fuel efficiency standards that would put US vehicles on par with those sold in Europe, Japan and China. The administration would like to raise the standard to 56.2 miles per gallon, or roughly double the... More »

Bananas the Key to More Fuel-Efficient Cars?

Their fibers can create a light, strong nanocellulosic plastic

(Newser) - It may sound a little bananas, but it turns out that, well, bananas could help create more fuel-efficient cars. Brazilian scientists have come up with a way of using fibers from that fruit, as well as pineapples and coconuts, to make a lighter, stronger plastic. In fact, it's 30% lighter,... More »

Lost Men Waste $3K on Gas, Won't Ask for Directions

Stubborn males drive 276 extra miles per year: study

(Newser) - The price of stubborn pride: Men waste $3,000 in gas over their lifetimes because they won't ask for directions when lost, a study says. British researchers determined that men drive an average of 276 unnecessary miles per year trying to figure out their destination. A quarter of men said... More »

New Ford Explorer More Like a ... Taurus?

New model doesn't seem much like an SUV

(Newser) - The Ford Explorer, the poster child of the ‘90s gas-guzzling SUV boom, has changed its ways. Ford unveiled a very different 2011 Explorer today, one based not on a truck frame, but the humble Taurus platform, the Detroit Free Press reports. Instead of sheer brawn, the new Explorer sports... More »

Very Light, Gas-Powered Car Gets 100mpg

700lb car takes on electric and hybrid models in X-Prize competition

(Newser) - The X-Prize competition for fuel-efficient cars is, as you might expect, dominated by hybrids and electric cars. So the Edison2 Very Light Car stands out. It’s a four-door sedan—the last such car remaining in the competition—and it runs on good old-fashioned gasoline, NPR reports. Developed by a... More »

Obama Boosts Fuel Efficiency Standards

Transportation Department, EPA make new targets official

(Newser) - The Obama administration is setting tough gas mileage standards for new cars and trucks, spurring the next generation of fuel-sipping gas-electric hybrids, efficient engines, and electric cars. The heads of the Transportation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency will today sign final rules requiring 2016 model-year vehicles to meet fuel... More »

Gov't Will Slash Greenhouse Emissions: Obama

Executive order requires federal agencies to reduce waste, conserve energy

(Newser) - Federal agencies have until 2020 to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 28% under an executive order President Obama signed today. The order also calls for improvements in energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction. "As the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to... More »

Most Replaced Clunker With ... Another Guzzler Like This

Most common trade was old pickup (15-17 mpg) for new (1-3 better)

(Newser) - Think most who traded in a clunker under the government’s fuel-efficiency incentive program are now driving a hybrid? Guess again: The most common swap was an old, gas-guzzling pickup for a new, just-slightly-less-gas-guzzling pickup, AP analysis finds. Ford’s F150 is a prime example—it gets 1-3 mpg more... More »

GM Longs to Build Electric Cadillacs

Car could boost brand's image but hurt automaker's bottom line

(Newser) - Old dreams apparently die hard at GM. For months, the automaker has been yearning to build a gasoline-electric luxury Cadillac, but the Treasury Department and naysayers within the company say the price tag would be too high. Now, with the company dramatically reorganized, the Cadillac Converj could be coming to... More »

Toyota Plans Cheaper, More Fuel-Efficient Hybrid

(Newser) - Toyota plans to keep its lead in the environmentally friendly vehicle market with a new car to be released in 2011, Bloomberg reports. The vehicle, to be based on the company's Vitz compact, will be around 5% more fuel-efficient than its Prius and will sell for around $15,600, according... More »

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