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UPS agrees to buy 46 million gallons of renewable diesel
Jul 31, 2015 - 10:42 AM - by ALS
It’s actually as good or even better from a performance perspective as traditional diesel, including easy starts in cold weather.
NY Times - SFGATE - July 31, 2015

For years, companies that rely heavily on fuel have experimented with substitutes for conventional gasoline and diesel, including natural gas, electricity and biofuels.

Now, one company is moving beyond the test phase. On Wednesday, UPS announced that it will buy as much as 46 million gallons of renewable diesel over the next three years, helping the company reach a goal of displacing 12 percent of the petroleum fuels in its ground fleet by 2017.

The... [Read More]
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Safety Features, New Infotainment Coming VW Golf, Beetle, Jetta for 2016
Jul 31, 2015 - 10:22 AM - by seftonm
Smartphone integration across smartphone brands utilizing three options— Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink® is supported
Joe Lorio - CARANDDRIVER - July 29, 2015

This is welcome news, we were waiting to see how infotainment would be upgraded for 2016. --Ed.

Volkswagen is expanding the availability of many of the latest high-tech safety systems to models throughout its lineup. Many were formerly the exclusive province of the Touareg, but now will be offered on the Golf, GTI, Beetle, Jetta, and CC.

Volkswagen’s Lane... [Read More]
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Android Auto Ready for Install on 2015 Sonatas with NAVI
Jul 29, 2015 - 4:44 PM - by fishnrib
Ready, Set, Install!

Tom – CleanMPG – July 29, 2015

Hyundai's Android Auto Install "How To" video.

Owners of a 2015 Sonata with Navigation can now get and install the Android Auto software update free of charge at The software is also available for free at Hyundai dealerships nationwide. Hyundai is the only automaker to have Android Auto on production vehicles today, starting with the Sonata and soon expanding to other models.

... [Read More]
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Future CUV Push from the Brand of Four Rings Begins with the Q3
Jul 29, 2015 - 4:27 PM - by xcel
Refreshed new Q3 is just the first. Hopefully the 2.0L TDI will be incorporated soon.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 29, 2015

2016 Audi Q3 Premium Plus FWD - $33,700 to start + $925 D&H. 20/29/23 mpgUS city/highway/combined in FWD format. 20/28/23 mpgUS city/highway/combined with AWD.

The refreshed 2016 Q3 compact crossover now includes more standard features, including front and rear parking sensors with a rearview camera, and an updated exterior.

The 2016 Q3 had its front lights, grille, bumper, side sills and rear lights redesigned. Standard 18” alloys with 19’s are still available.

Inside, the Q3 features Alu-optic... [Read More]
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Chevrolet’s 2016 Colorado Duramax Turbo Diesel
Jul 29, 2015 - 10:18 AM - by xcel
This could be GMs most significant release this year!
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 28, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab with the all-new 2.8L Duramax – Expected to arrive at $32,950 to start (RWD LT) while offering owners an EPA of possibly 22/31 mpgUS city/highway?

Following up on the 2015 Chevrolet/GMC Colorado/Canyon Twins Base Pricing Up and overview from almost a year ago, yesterday GM released another in a long line of releases regarding the Colorado and Canyon pickups. This time it provided more on the upcoming in-house... [Read More]
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Volkswagen surpasses Toyota as world's largest automaker in first half of 2015
Jul 28, 2015 - 8:16 AM - by ALS
The achievement fulfilled a long-held goal, but came at a cost in the U.S.
Nathan Bomey - USATODAY - July 28, 2015

Volkswagen surpassed Toyota as the world's largest automaker in the first half of 2015, fulfilling a long-held goal, but the achievement came at a cost.

Volkswagen sold 5.04 million vehicles in the first six months of the year, edging Toyota's 5.02 million despite quality slips in the U.S.

General Motors, once the world's biggest automaker by a long shot, is now firmly entrenched in the No. 3 slot. It has not yet... [Read More]
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Mercedes-Benz Sets New Turbo Diesel Pikes Peak Climb Record
Jul 26, 2015 - 6:42 PM - by xcel
This small displacement turbo diesel proves it is more than just efficient…
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 26, 2015

At this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Mercedes-Benz set a new record for turbo diesel powered automobiles in a close to production C 250 d 4MATIC. The C 250 d completed the 12.4-mile-long climb beginning at 9,390 feet and concluding at the mountain's 14,110 summit while climbing an average 7 percent grade in just 11 minutes and 22 seconds.

The 150 turns, switchbacks and steep grade put the C 250 d 4MATIC 's suspension and powertrain through its paces.

On a personal note, we had an... [Read More]
0 Replies | 952 Views
2015 VW Golf SportWagen TDI Review
Jul 26, 2015 - 12:08 PM - by xcel
Turbo Diesel, check. Wagon, check. 6-speed stick, check.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 26, 2015

Meet the 2015 VW Golf SportWagen TDI parked along the Pacific Coast near Malibu. Starting at $24,595, it provides owners an easy to achieve 31/43 mpgUS city/highway rating.

2015 VW Golf SportWagen Overview

At the opening of the Detroit Auto Show in January, the all-new 7th generation VW Golf family was named the 2015 North American Car(s) of the Year by 57 esteemed North American Car and Truck of the Year jurors from automotive media across the U.S. and Canada.

Following up on that achievement, the... [Read More]
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It's Official, Mitsubishi To End Production in the United States
Jul 25, 2015 - 8:28 AM - by ALS
Mitsubishi has been seeing better sales this year. Through the first half of the year, it sold 49,544 vehicles, up 24.9%,
Al S. - CleanMPG - July 25, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today that Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) a wholly owned subsidiary of MMC in the United States, is preparing to end production of its sole production model "Outlander Sport" at its Normal, IL plant at the end of November 2015 and its production will be consolidated in Okazaki plant in Japan, pending a final decision by the MMC Board of Directors on July 30.

MMNA will be making efforts to identify a buyer with the help from UAW.

Mitsubishi... [Read More]
1 Reply | 889 Views
Driving in the Heat This Summer? Ford’s got an Answer for That
Jul 24, 2015 - 2:52 PM - by xcel
Keeping cool while saving fuel is easier than you might think.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 24, 2015

One of many 100+ degree days during the 2015 VW Golf TDI 48-State Guinness World Record drive.

According to NOAA, the summer of 2014 was officially the hottest summer on record since modern instrumentation recording began more than 130 years ago, according to the latest state of the climate report from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.

The combined average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces for August 2014 was record high for the month, at 0.75°C (1.35°F) above the 20th century average... [Read More]
4 Replies | 1,159 Views
Refreshed 2016 Honda Accord Arrives With New Look, New Tech and More Safety
Jul 24, 2015 - 2:20 AM - by xcel
I was told in no uncertain terms that the Hybrid will follow.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 24, 2015

2016 Honda Accord – Pricing and EPA TBA.

Late this afternoon Honda released details and images of their refreshed 2016 Accord Sedan and Coupe. Both receive a number of significant changes including new exterior and interior styling, a new Display Audio touchscreen interface, plus Honda’s Sensing safety suite and driver-assist technologies. The 2016 Accord also adds HD Radio, heated rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, and additional new features that Honda said would be revealed in coming weeks. 2016 Honda Accord Hybrid details... [Read More]
15 Replies | 1,387 Views
"Frugal Engineering" For the Future
Jul 23, 2015 - 2:52 PM - by xcel
“Rising demand, especially in emerging markets, will require companies to come up with creative solutions to limit the impact on the world's resources.”

Carlos Ghosn - Nissan - May 22, 2015

The Renault KWID.

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn writes about his thoughts on the future of personal, transportation in a natural resource limited future.

One of the key growth strategies at the Renault-Nissan Alliance is to build appealing, fuel-efficient vehicles engineered and designed specifically for the high-potential, new-car markets around the world.

While recently these... [Read More]
1 Reply | 1,063 Views
Hyundai Inks NFL Deal
Jul 23, 2015 - 10:16 AM - by xcel
Hyundai’s marketing push ramps up yet again.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 1, 2015

Hyundai has a long history of celebrating sports fan passion across the globe. Its latest endeavor sees the company as an official automotive sponsor of the National Football League. The NFL has the largest fan base among U.S. sports.

As part of the new sponsorship, Hyundai will have use of NFL trademarks across various marketing channels, including branded content, advertising and promotional materials. The NFL has become a year-round sport and Hyundai will have access to some of the biggest events including the Super Bowl, NFL Combine,... [Read More]
0 Replies | 906 Views
500,000th Passat Built in Chattanooga
Jul 22, 2015 - 9:05 PM - by xcel
A World Record Holder and renowned product offering reaches a milestone in Tennessee.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 22, 2015

Volkswagen today announced that its Platinum LEED certified manufacturing facility in Chattanooga has achieved a significant production milestone with the completion of its 500,000th Passat.

The car was a Candy White Limited Edition, with black interior, keyless access with pushbutton start, a rearview camera, heated seats, a 170 hp, 1.8L direct injected and turbocharged engine, premium radio and 17 inch alloys.

Volkswagen Chattanooga is currently undertaking a $900 million expansion to add an all-new 7-passenger SUV second to... [Read More]
3 Replies | 1,083 Views
Ford’s Advanced Headlamp Idea
Jul 20, 2015 - 11:50 PM - by xcel
Great idea out of Germany although I suspect the US DOT will probably get in the way.

Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 17, 2015

Prototype headlamps provide a picture of the road ahead not available today.

Driving at night across much of the wide open Midwest and West can be a nerve-wracking experience thanks to the unpredictable nature of animals. To combat that anxiety, Ford is prototyping new lighting technologies that will enable drivers to more easily identify hazards, including pedestrians, cyclists and especially animals.

According to the... [Read More]
6 Replies | 1,376 Views
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