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Volvo Developing New 3-Cylinder Engines
Dec 17, 2014 - 8:36 PM - by brick
New technology headed for brand's smaller vehicles
Tim Smith - CleanMPG - December 17, 2014

Send them over. --Ed.

Volvo announced that testing has begun for 3-cylinder engines derived from the new “Drive-E” platform. Drive-E is the car maker's line of down-sized, direct injected, and turbocharged engines which are displacing thirstier 5 and 6-cylinder engines of comparable power output. The 3-cylinder variants are expected to provide power outputs of 180hp and below, whereas 4-cylinder powerplants are rated at between 240hp and 302hp in US models.

Volvo states that this engine is being developed alongside their new... [Read More]
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November 2014: U.S. Industrial Output Surpasses Pre-Recession Levels
Dec 15, 2014 - 10:28 PM - by xcel
Great report placing much of the 2008 – 2009 Recession in the rearview mirror.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 15, 2014

Ford’s EcoBoost engines being “Built where they are bought” as the latest business model appears to be working well.

Earlier this year Ford added 450 new jobs to its Cleveland Engine Plant to produce the 3.5L EcoBoost

Earlier today the Federal Reserve released an excellent report stating that U.S. industrial production surged in November as factories ramped up output of cars, machinery, clothing and an array of other goods, a sign of rising demand for American products... [Read More]
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The $50 Hyundai Sonata ECO Challenge: Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Rockets!
Dec 11, 2014 - 3:42 PM - by xcel
How far can you drive on just $50?
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 8, 2014

2015 Hyundai Sonata ECO - $24,210 to start incl. D&H and EPA rated at 28/38 mpgUS city/highway.

Today's ride is the full size Hyundai Sonata ECO on the $50 Planes, Trains and Automobiles Challenge I have been posting about lately.

What is unique about the 2015 Sonata ECO is the 3 mpg higher city and 1 mpg higher highway rating over the base 2.4L. This is due in part to the inclusion of a 177 HP and 195 lb-ft of torque direct injected and turbocharged 1.6L I4. A slicker Cd of just 0.27 also helps along with lower RRc tires. No loss in performance and a nice uptick in both... [Read More]
43 Replies | 2,074 Views
Honda November 2014 Sales Up 4.6% with 121,814 Vehicles Sold
Dec 07, 2014 - 9:35 PM - by xcel
New November sales records on the back of CR-V and hot Fit.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 3, 2014

2015 Honda CR-V - $24,200 to start incl D&H while offering owners an eye opening 27/34 mpgUS city/highway. Thanks to the Accord’s EarthDreams drivetrain, the level of efficiency provided is more than most midsize sedans from just a generation ago!

Honda November Sales Overview

Honda reported it has achieved a new November vehicle sales record with 121,814 vehicles sold, up 4.6 percent versus November 2013.

Like other manufacturers, Honda truck and CUV sales set a November record, increasing 12.9 percent on sales of 60,384 vehicles.
... [Read More]
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Toyota November 2014 Sales Up 3% with 183,346 Vehicles Sold
Dec 07, 2014 - 4:02 PM - by xcel
Camry and Corolla deliver U.S. Midsize and Compact sales leadership.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 3, 2014

But first, a little about the Takata airbag inflator recalls.

Abbas Saadat, Regional Product Safety Executive, Toyota North America, and VP, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. testifying before the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade.

Chairman Terry, Ranking Member Schakowsky, members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today. My name is Abbas Saadat, and I am the Regional Product Safety Executive and a Vice President at Toyota North America. I am a senior... [Read More]
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company
Dec 05, 2014 - 12:05 PM - by ALS
Mark Chediak - BLOOMBERG - December 5, 2014

That is an unregulated product you can buy at Home Depot that leaves the old business model with no place to hide. --Ed.

Here’s why something as basic as a battery both thrills and terrifies the U.S. utility industry.

At a sagebrush-strewn industrial park outside of Reno, Nevada, bulldozers are clearing dirt for Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA)’s battery factory, projected to be the world’s largest.

Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, sees the $5 billion facility as a key step toward making electric cars more affordable, while ending reliance on oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At first blush, the push toward more electric cars looks to be positive for utilities struggling with... [Read More]
11 Replies | 1,945 Views
Indy Car titan Roger Penske takes the flag on race car ownership
Dec 04, 2014 - 9:18 AM - by ALS
Roger Penske’s utter dominance as a race-car owner and one-man titan makes it easy to forget that he was once a star driver with Indy 500 dreams.
Andrew Lawrence - FORTUNE - December 04, 2014

One wouldn’t expect a man who heads an automotive fiefdom with revenues north of $19 billion, whose very name is synonymous with speed, to consider the road not taken. But sometimes Roger Penske wonders what might have been if he had accepted an invitation to try out for the Indianapolis 500.

That was back in 1965, when the 77-year-old was just a 28-year-old Lehigh grad from Shaker Heights, Ohio, and a driver on the brink of superstardom. After making his professional debut—in... [Read More]
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Chrysler November 2014 Sales Up 20.1% with 170,839 Vehicles Sold
Dec 02, 2014 - 12:36 PM - by xcel
Chrsyler has yet another great month and if they could have sold another 9,000 vehicles, they would have outsold Ford!
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 2, 2014

2015 Jeep Cherokee – $23,990 to start incl. D&H while offering owners a 22/31 mpg city/highway rating.

Chrysler November Sales Overview

Chrysler reported its best November U.S. sales in history with 170,839 vehicles delivered, up 20.1 percent compared with sales of 142,275 vehicles in November 201. It was also the company’s best November sales result since 2001.

Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in November. The Ram... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,476 Views
Ford November 2014 Sales Down 1.8% with 187,000 Vehicles Sold
Dec 02, 2014 - 12:07 PM - by xcel
Escape sales up 21.6 percent. F-Series slow slide before full availability of the all-new 2015 continues.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 2, 2014

2015 Ford Escape - $23,855 to start incl. D&H while offering owners a 22/31 mpg city/highway rating.

Ford November Sales Overview

Ford reported it sold 187,000 vehicles in the U.S. November, down 1.8 percent from a year ago.

CYTD through November, Ford sales are off just 0.6 percent.

Ford November Sales Highlights

Escape sales increased 21.6 percent with 25,528 vehicles sold, its best November sales result in history.

Mustang surpassed the... [Read More]
2 Replies | 1,583 Views
GM November 2014 Sales Up 6.5% with 225,818 Vehicles Sold
Dec 02, 2014 - 11:36 AM - by xcel
Best November since 2007.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 2, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Silverado with the 4.3L V6 - $35,425 to start incl. D&H while offering owners an 18/24 mpg city/highway rating. That is a very steep price for a stripped work truck. Almost $3k more than a RAM 1500 with the EcoDiesel?

GM November 2014 Sales Overview

GM delivered 225,818 vehicles in November for the company’s best November sales in seven years. Total sales were up 6.5 percent compared to a year ago with retail sales were up 5 percent. The Company stated fleet sales were up 11 percent.

The company also revealed that is... [Read More]
3 Replies | 1,614 Views
Criminals Beware: Ford Police Interceptor Still Fastest
Nov 30, 2014 - 9:28 AM - by ALS
Even the larger Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility topped the quick-list at the end of the day.
Zach Doell - - November 30. 2014

If you’re a bad guy looking to make a clean getaway, make sure the police in your area drive something other than Ford’s (or Lamborghinis if you live in Dubai). Ford once again nabbed the title of the quickest accelerating police car.

Powered by the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 (365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque), the Ford Police Interceptor sedan out-gunned both of its V8 competitors in Michigan State Police testing, blitzing from zero to 60 mph in just 5.85 seconds and onto 100 mph in 14.19... [Read More]
1 Reply | 1,791 Views
OPEC Maintains Production Output Despite Falling Oil Prices
Nov 27, 2014 - 8:26 PM - by brick
Reportedly "ready to respond" if situation changes
Tim Smith - CleanMPG - Nov. 27, 2014

I dug up this image from 2009. Do these prices look familiar? Think they'll last? --Ed.

According to an OPEC press release, the cartel has agreed that oil production from member countries will remain steady at 30.0 million barrels per day despite recent oil price falls. An interest in "restoring market equilibrium" was cited as a key reason not to alter rates of production. This comes despite the organization's own characterization of the market as being "well supplied," having estimated that growth in oil consumption... [Read More]
13 Replies | 2,686 Views
What Is It Like To Drive An Audi A7 TDI?
Nov 26, 2014 - 7:25 PM - by xcel
Kind of like Flying an SR-71 Blackbird!
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 26, 2014

2015 Audi A7 TDI Quattro – $69,225 to start incl. D&H while sporting a 24/38 mpgUS city/highway rating.

Today's ride is courtesy of Audi of America and it’s a humdinger.

Most of the time on an away from home press car request, the channels approve the loan and once in a while we get to see the Monroney before we pick up the car. Usually however we only know the make and model. Today's ride request was a little blind in that I did not know the trim, equipment or even the year. That did not really matter when the car is a Audi A7 TDI quattro. And in this... [Read More]
14 Replies | 2,728 Views
Scientists Concerned About Climate "Fixes"
Nov 26, 2014 - 1:58 PM - by brick
Intentionally altering the atmosphere to cool the planet could have unknown consequences
David Shukman - BBC - November 25, 2014

As if we haven't put enough junk into our atmosphere already --Ed.

Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say.

That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what's become known as geo-engineering. This is the so far unproven science of intervening in the climate to bring down temperatures. These projects work by, for example, shading the Earth from the Sun or soaking up carbon dioxide. Ideas include aircraft spraying... [Read More]
52 Replies | 2,917 Views
2015 Full Size Pickup Truck Wars – RAM Wins Again
Nov 24, 2014 - 12:29 PM - by xcel
MT gives the 15 RAM the nod ahead of the brand new 2015 Ford F-150 with its aluminum technology.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Nov. 24, 2014

2015 RAM 1500 with the 8’ Bed and 3.0L EcoDiesel - $31,410 to start incl. D&H while offering owners an easy to achieve 20/28 mpgUS city/highway rating.

Fresh off our own lengthy drive of this class-leading 2014 RAM 1500 full sized pickup in the 2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Heads West drive, this morning MT declared the Ram 1500 the winner of their 2015 half-ton truck shootout.

More impressive was that this shootout... [Read More]
10 Replies | 2,599 Views
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