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#SEM2015 Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2015 Concludes with Surprising Results
Apr 16, 2015 - 1:23 PM - by xcel
In Detroit, a challenging track and wild weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of students and their innovative ways to make a car go further on a tank of “energy”.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 12, 2015

#MakeTheFuture #SEM2015 -- An intro to what the competitors faced this past weekend.

Detroit, MI – This year’s Shell Eco-marathon was the 30th anniversary of the event and for the very first time, held in downtown Detroit. 111 teams comprised of more than 1,000 students from 5 different countries were on hand to compete for Americas most fuel efficient... [Read More]
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MWD plans to ration water to Southland districts, cities
Apr 07, 2015 - 8:33 AM - by ALS
Local agencies that need more water than the MWD allocation will be required to pay punitive surcharges of up to $2,960 an acre-foot for the extra deliveries.
Bettina Boxall - LATIMES - April 7, 2015

Southern California's water wholesaler is planning to wield its powerful hammer to force more urban conservation this year by cutting water deliveries.

Faced with dwindling regional reserves and a fourth year of drought, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is expected to vote next week to ration imported water that it supplies to 26 Southland water districts and cities, something the agency has done only... [Read More]
4 Replies | 1,547 Views
2016 Chevrolet Spark Preview
Apr 06, 2015 - 1:06 AM - by xcel
Improved performance, greater efficiency, latest safety features and the most modern connectivity.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 5, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Spark – Pricing TBA – EPA stated at 40 mpg highway for the CVT.

New York, New York -- Following up on the 2016 Spark Preview we posted earlier last month (Chevrolet: One Million Sparks And Counting), Chevrolet revealed their all-new 2016 Spark on stage and the upgrades to the micro are impressive.

Outside the new Spark has a slightly longer wheelbase, 1.6 inch lower height and the... [Read More]
6 Replies | 1,897 Views
Audi March 2015 Sales Up 20.0% with 17,102 Vehicles Sold
Apr 04, 2015 - 6:53 PM - by xcel
51st consecutive monthly sales record for the brand and A3 setting records of its own.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 1, 2015

2015 Audi A3 TDI - $33,495 to start and its 31/43 mpg city/highway rating is way understated.

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... [Read More]
1 Reply | 1,849 Views
VW March 2015 Sales Down 18.2% with 30,025 Vehicles Sold
Apr 04, 2015 - 2:02 PM - by xcel
Expect a TDI variant of the all-new Alltrack even if it was not announced.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 1, 2015

2017 VW Golf SportWagen Alltrack – Pricing and EPA TBA.

New York, New York -- While at the VW Golf SportWagen Short lead in Austin two weeks ago, a lot of questions were asked of the reps and engineers on hand about a 4Motion AWD variant of the sharp looking all-new VW Golf SportWagen. The VW team danced around the questions as best they could but there was no mistaking that most on-hand were hoping to hear about and see a future Subaru fighting AWD variant of... [Read More]
2 Replies | 1,888 Views
Mazda March 2015 Sales Down 8.0% with 32,123 Vehicles Sold
Apr 04, 2015 - 12:25 PM - by xcel
Sharp looking and now refreshed Mazda 6 attracts more customers.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 1, 2015

2016 Mazda6 with the 6-speed MT – $22,315 to start incl. D&H provides owners with a 25/37 mpg city/highway rating. The 28/40 mpg city/highway rated rated GT with the iELOOP system is priced at a rather steep $33,195.

After the well-received all new 2014 Mazda6 release back in early 2013, Mazda has taken the wraps off the refresh for the 2016 MY featuring the following enhancements.

Our take of the all new Mazda6 in our 2014 Mazda6 First Drive.

... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,772 Views
Mercedes-Benz March 2015 Sales Up 9.3% with 32,883 Vehicles Sold
Apr 03, 2015 - 3:44 PM - by xcel
New C-Class continues to power the company’s results.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 1, 2015

Mercedes-Benz March Sales Overview

The Mercedes-Benz Group including Mercedes, Sprinter and smart achieved a March sales total of 32,883 vehicles, up 9.3 percent over the 30,091 vehicles sold in March of 2014. Year to date, the Group sold 85,248 vehicles, up 7.3 percent and achieved the companies best first-quarter in the U.S. in history.

The Mercedes-Benz brand recorded its best-ever March sales result with 29,921 vehicles sold, up 9.2 percent over the 27,401 vehicles sold in March of 2014. Year to date, the brands sales of 78,156 is up 7.6 percent.

Mercedes-Benz... [Read More]
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BMW March 2015 Sales Up 12.2% with 40,139 Vehicles Sold
Apr 02, 2015 - 9:22 PM - by xcel
Roundel monikered automobiles set a first quarter sales record.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 1, 2015

2015 X3 xDrive28d - $42,950 to start incl. D&H while providing a segment leading 27/34 mpgUS city/highway.

The second-generation BMW X3 includes a passenger and cargo volume of 90.1 cu. ft. and 27.3 cu. ft. respectively. That passenger volume is smaller than many B-segments and sitting within shows.

For the 2015 MY, BMW added its 180 hp and 280 lb-ft. of torque 2.0L Super Diesel.

The 2.0L Turbo Diesel is mated to an advanced wide ratio dual-clutch 8-speed AT that makes short work of long... [Read More]
1 Reply | 2,068 Views
Subaru March 2015 Sales Up 10.4% with 49,111 Vehicles Sold
Apr 02, 2015 - 7:04 PM - by xcel
Outback and Forester exceed 10k sold while Legacy achieves an almost 100 percent increase.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 1, 2015

2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5L i - $22,495 to start incl. D&H while providing owners a 26/36 mpgUS city/highway rating.

The Subaru Legacy has been completely re-designed for 2015 to deliver a more. Better exterior design, better interior materials, improved safety technology, larger passenger volume and higher fuel efficiency.

On the safety front, the new EyeSight system and a new available Rear Vehicle Detection System that includes Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert is class-leading.
... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,925 Views
Kia March 2015 Sales Up 7.3% with 58,771 Vehicles Sold
Apr 02, 2015 - 6:19 PM - by xcel
Optima sells well with Sorento up big.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 1, 2015

2016 Kia Optima – Pricing and EPA TBA.

Kia March Sales Overview

Kia today reported record March sales of 58,771 vehicles, up 7.3 percent over March of 2014. The company also achieved its best ever first quarter performance in company history.

Kia March Sales Highlights

Kia’s Optima midsize sedan lead the lineup in sales with 15,485 vehicles sold, down 5.1 percent from the 16,310 sold in March of 2014.

It was the white hot CUV segment in which 10,842 Sorento’s were sold, up 25.0 percent... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,948 Views
2016 Kia Optima Preview
Apr 02, 2015 - 5:39 PM - by xcel
One of the best looking and most cost effective cars available receives a redesign.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 1, 2015

2016 Kia Optima SX-L – Pricing and EPA TBA closer to its release.

New York, New York -- At the New York International Auto Show back in 2010, Kia rocked the entire automotive landscape with its all-new Optima incorporating an unusually attractive face and streamlined profile. Nobody offered a car as striking other than its sister company, Hyundai its all-new at the time Sonata. The public response was overwhelmingly positive as the Optima has been Kia’s top-selling vehicle in the U.S. for three consecutive years. The all-new... [Read More]
5 Replies | 2,104 Views
Hyundai March 2015 Sales Up 12.0% with 75,019 Vehicles Sold
Apr 02, 2015 - 3:09 PM - by xcel
Elantra was sizzling with the March Madness promotions!
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 1, 2015

But first, a great release about Hyundai Hope on Wheels, my favorite auto related charity.

Hyundai and its U.S. dealers continue their long standing fight against pediatric cancer, by announcing their latest donation to pediatric cancer research, with their nonprofit organization, Hyundai Hope on Wheels. This year, the program surpasses the $100 million milestone in lifetime funding to pediatric cancer research. To mark the occasion, a Hope on Wheels handprint ceremony and grant awards presentation will be held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York... [Read More]
10 Replies | 2,173 Views
Chevy's 2016 Malibu has sleeker look, more legroom
Apr 02, 2015 - 2:56 PM - by ALS
The Malibu hybrid will be priced above the 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbo engines, but it won't be any higher than what competing midsize hybrids such as Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion go for.
Greg Gardner - FREEP - April 2, 2015

Scheduled to go on sale this fall, the 2016 Malibu is two inches longer than the current model. The tires are pushed closer to the front and rear fascias, stretching the wheelbase by nearly 4 inches. The result is 1.3 inches of extra legroom, solving a frequent owner complaint about the current Malibu. By scalloping the rear of the front seats, there is more than enough knee room for even tall males.

There are... [Read More]
2 Replies | 1,782 Views
Honda March 2015 Sales Down 5.3% with 126,293 Vehicles Sold
Apr 02, 2015 - 2:08 PM - by xcel
Sales are soft but the future looks bright.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 1, 2015

New York, New York - Honda previewed the 10th Gen Civic with this Coupe Concept at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) as the company readies an entirely new Civic lineup beginning this fall.

Honda said we can expect more "spirited" performance and class-leading versatility – think of the Fit and its Magic Seats – in a Sedan, Coupe and Si model along with a cool statement that they will also be bringing back the Civic Hatch!

The all-new 10th-generation Civic lineup is scheduled to launch in the U.S. this fall.... [Read More]
2 Replies | 1,961 Views
Honda unveils stunning new Civic
Apr 02, 2015 - 8:56 AM - by ALS
The lime green car was the talk of the show as Honda executives vowed to bring the popular compact back to its performance roots
Chris Woodyard And Alisa Priddle - USATODAY - April 2, 2015

Honda upstaged the New York Auto Show on Wednesday with a sharp new redesign of its Civic and vows to take its popular compact car back to its performance roots.

"This is the return of the sporty Civic," says John Mendel, Honda's executive vice president in the U.S. The company also announced a new turbocharged engine and more variants of the design — including a performance version and hatchback — than ever before.... ... [Read More]
14 Replies | 1,992 Views
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