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2016 Chevy Volt - More Everything With Lower Weight
Oct 28, 2014 - 5:06 PM - by ALS
All-new battery with nearly 100 fewer cells, 30 pounds less weight, and more range.
Al S. - CleanMPG - Oct. 28, 2014

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt scheduled for consumer launch in the second half of 2015, will have a more efficient drivetrain with more EV range, quicker acceleration and a quieter ride when the gasoline engine is running. It will be introduced at the North American International Auto Show in January.

The Voltec system includes the battery, drive unit, range-extending engine and power electronics. The new system will be more efficient and offer greater EV range, fuel econom, and use regular unleaded fuel compared to the current generation.

... [Read More]
6 Replies | 565 Views
Detroit Electric shows its year-late electric car
Oct 27, 2014 - 10:15 AM - by ALS
The vehicle's battery packs have been clad in a protective composite casing which forms an integral part of the vehicle's structure and makes the car stiffer. It also helps protect the batteries in a crash
James R. Healey, - USATODAY - October, 27, 2014

Detroit Electric giving a look at the rear end of what it considers the final version of its SP:01 battery-fueled electric sports car.

The car will be somewhat similar to the Tesla Roadster no longer in production. Both are pure battery-power two-seaters based on Lotus designs. Detroit Electric's founder is former Lotus executive Albert Lam, former Group... [Read More]
1 Reply | 559 Views
GM 3Q 2014 Profit up 197%
Oct 27, 2014 - 12:04 AM - by xcel
North American pickups keep profits rolling in.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 23, 2014

GM announced third quarter net income attributable to common stockholders of $1.38 billion, or $0.81 per diluted share. This is up 197 percent from the $698 million or $0.45 per diluted share the company earned in the 3Q of 2013. Excluding one-time special item costs related mostly to Russia, GM earned $0.97 per share.

GM revenue was up .7 percent to $39.255 billion from $38.983 billion in the 3Q of 2013.

GM Regional Results

North America posted an operating profit of $2.45 billion during the quarter, up from $2.2 billion a year earlier. North American operating margin are now at... [Read More]
5 Replies | 706 Views
Watching the World Series? Then You Know 13 Year Old Phenom Mo’ne Davis
Oct 26, 2014 - 10:27 PM - by xcel
I have the feeling we will be hearing more from Mo’ne in the near future.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 26, 2014

13 year-old Mo’ne Davis and her 70-mile per hour fastball wowed America this summer. Many people know about her on-field accomplishments, but her story off the field celebrates life’s possibilities not only for herself, but also for millions of girls like her.

During Game One of the 2014 World Series on FOX, Chevrolet debuted a 60-second spot celebrating one of the most positive and inspiring sports stories in recent memory. The full... [Read More]
0 Replies | 622 Views
FIA-WEC Six Hours of Fuji 2014 Hybrid Race Action
Oct 26, 2014 - 9:21 PM - by xcel
Toyota extends driver point lead and takes over Manufacturer point lead, Porsche finishes on the podium, while Audi has disappointing results.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 12, 2014

Toyota at the 2014 6 Hours of Fuji – Eventual second place finisher, #7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid driven by (Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin, Kazuki Nakajima) completed 236 laps with 6 pit stops. Fastest lap: 1min 27.887 secs.

Oyama, Suntō District, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan -- The Fuji Speedway is located in the foothills of iconic Mount Fuji. It was built in... [Read More]
0 Replies | 655 Views
Honda’s 34 mpg Highway Rated CUV
Oct 26, 2014 - 5:50 PM - by xcel
CUVs catching up to sedan efficiency from just a generation ago? Wow!
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 26, 2014

2015 Honda CR-V – $24,150 to start in an LX FWD configuration (incl. D&H) while offering an excellent 27/34 mpgUS city/highway rating.

Fresh off of taking the 2015 MT Sport/Utility Of The Year award, the refreshed 2015 Honda CR-V is making headlines across the county thanks to a number of critical updates making it not only a competitive compact CUV but a class-leading one in many respects.

The addition of the Accord’s direct-injected 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque 2.4L i-VTEC I4 engine mated to one of the best continuously variable... [Read More]
6 Replies | 925 Views
Ford Focus Electric and Plug-In OEMs Prepping For Two-way Comms with the Grid
Oct 25, 2014 - 6:39 PM - by xcel
Ford and seven other OEMs to test new technology.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 24, 2014

2015 Ford Focus Electric – $29,995 to start not including any factory rebates, Federal Tax Credits or State incentives while allowing owners a 76 mile all-electric range and an 84 mph top speed.

For the 2015 MY, Ford now includes four new colors include Magnetic Metallic, Tectonic Metallic, Performance Blue Metallic and Ruby Red Tinted Clearcoat, a new rear lamps, tailgate, lower rear fascia and spoiler design, all-new center floor console, instrument panel center stack and climate controls and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Based on the fuel-powered... [Read More]
8 Replies | 1,102 Views
Autonomous Driving At Breakneck Speed Demonstrated by Audi
Oct 24, 2014 - 8:29 PM - by xcel
From the Street to the Peak and now the Track, coming soon to a driveway near you.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 24, 2014

Audis autonomous driving demonstrators hit the track with spectacular results.

At this year’s DTM season finale, Audi demonstrated autonomous driving in a fascinating fashion. Already providing the best Active Lane assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop&Go functionality on the production A6, A7 that we have ever driven, Audi takes a far more advanced system in an RS 7 concept to a whole new level by completing a lap on the Grand Prix... [Read More]
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Ford’s 3Q Down 34 Percent
Oct 24, 2014 - 1:27 PM - by xcel
F-Series design and launch costs, recalls, weaker foreign currencies and lower global volumes combine to hamper results.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 24, 2014

Detroit -- Ford reported it earned $835 million in the third quarter, down 34% from $1.272 billion earned in the 3rd quarter of 2013. The company earned a pre-tax profit of $1.18 billion in the third quarter down 54 percent from the $2.59 billion it booked in the third quarter of 2013.

On a more positive note, it was the company’s 21st consecutive profitable quarter and the $0.24/share earnings beat street estimates of $0.19.

Revenue fell slightly from $35.8 to $34.9 billion a year... [Read More]
2 Replies | 990 Views
All-new 2015 Mazda2’s Now Officially Being Built in Mexico
Oct 23, 2014 - 8:52 PM - by xcel
Turbo Diesel for us? Not a chance.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 23, 2014

2015 Mazda2s 1.5L SKYACTIV-D turbo diesel engine - One of the most fuel efficient engines available possibly in the world.

Fresh off winning the Japan 2014-2015 Car of the Year, Mazda's Demio equipped with a newly-developed 1.5L SKYACTIV-D turbo diesel - Mazda2 here and most everywhere else – is now being produced at Mazda’s new Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (MMVO) manufacturing facility.

MMVO's engine machining plant, which... [Read More]
5 Replies | 1,268 Views
Ford slashes price of Focus Electric again
Oct 21, 2014 - 11:16 AM - by ALS
We hope by reducing the price, we will give more consumers another reason to consider it,
Chris Woodyard - USATODAY - October 21, 2014

Ford is giving its second big price chop to its electric version of its Focus Electric in hopes of spurring sales.

The price is being cut by $6,000 to $29,995, including shipping. With the $4,000 reduction that took place a year ago, Ford has now slashed the price of the compact Focus Electric by a quarter. Easy to see why: While Ford sold 176,156 conventional Focus cars through September, according to Autodata, Ford says only about 1,500 were the electric... [Read More]
17 Replies | 1,687 Views
The surprising comeback of train travel
Oct 20, 2014 - 9:46 PM - by ALS
From October 2012 to September 2013, "Amtrak welcomed aboard nearly 31.6 million passengers, the largest annual total in its history,"
Jareen Imam - CNN - October 20, 2014

It's been 21 years, and John Moore still eagerly leans against his passenger window to watch the landscape pass by as the train he commutes on every day roars over the Moodna Viaduct in Cornwall, New York.

The green hills and vibrant leaves just below the elevated track make the trestle one of the prettiest scenes on the 57-year-old's trip. For more than two decades, the senior business analyst has been traveling about 67 miles for work from his home in Cornwall to lower Manhattan. His total... [Read More]
9 Replies | 1,389 Views
Audi’s 2015 A3 #TDIChallenge
Oct 19, 2014 - 8:55 PM - by xcel
No blood, but a little sweat and plenty of “gears”.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 18, 2014

Pre ‪#‎TDIChallenge‬ - 2015 Audi A3 TDI at the upscale Parq Hotel - $32,600 to start not including D&H while offering an excellent and very un-Sport Sedan like 31/43 mpgUS city/highway rating.

Albuquerque, NM -- Landing at an airport loaded with hot air balloon enthusiasts provides little in the way of what was about to be put to the test. Whether that was a test of the car or driver, we would know soon enough.

First stop, Audi of Albuquerque to meet with the dealerships Salesperson of the Year, Terry Maness. You can... [Read More]
38 Replies | 2,423 Views
Audi of Albuquerque – Customer Service and Satisfaction at the Forefront
Oct 18, 2014 - 8:07 PM - by xcel
One of many Audi dealerships across the U.S. making its mark.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 18, 2014

Albuquerque, NM on the Pre ‪#‎TDIChallenge‬ -- Picking up a beautiful no compromise 2015 Audi A3 TDI at Audi of Albuquerque. And met by the dealerships Salesperson of the Year, Terry Maness.

Located in a growing and upscale location, Audi of Albuquerque was created in 2005 on the site of a former European import car business. Since that time and just like the Audi brand, the dealership has been in a process of continuous improvement and growth while serving ever more demanding and... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,539 Views
Audi September 2014 Sales Up 14.2% with 14,917 Vehicles Sold + A3 TDI First Drive
Oct 07, 2014 - 7:00 PM - by xcel
45th consecutive month of record U.S. sales in September.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Oct. 1, 2014

2015 Audi FWD A3 TDI - $32,600 to start + D&H with a 31/43 mpgUS city/highway rating.

To begin, all 2015 Audi A3s include leather seating surfaces, power panoramic roof, Bluetooth with streaming audio, SiriusXM, HD radio, power driver’s seat, split folding rear seatback and Audi pre sense basic. The A3 line-up also arrives with the Audi signature Singleframe grille, bi-xenon headlights, and LED taillights.

Outside the A3 Sedan has been completely redesigned for the North American marketplace including a length of 175.5 inches, a width of 70... [Read More]
5 Replies | 3,250 Views
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