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2Q Ford and GM and 1Q 2014 Nissan Earnings Reports
Jul 28, 2014 - 9:30 PM - by xcel
Ford earns $s on productivity improvements, GM hurt by recalls, and Nissan plods on with improving sales results.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 28, 2014

Ford earned a 2Q pre-tax profit of $2.6 billion, an increase of 1.7 percent compared to the 2Q of 2013. This was the company’s 20th consecutive profitable quarter and its best since the 2Q of 2011.

Ford's 2Q net came in at $1.311 billion, an increase of 6.3 percent from the $1.233 billion earned in the 2Q of 2013. This result included a pre-tax special item charge of $481 million mainly due to automotive investment losses in... [Read More]
1 Reply | 344 Views
Ford, Ram Quarrel over Heavy-Duty Pickup Towing Title
Jul 28, 2014 - 9:48 AM - by xcel
Here we go again.
Larry P. Vellequette - Automotive News - July 28, 2014

2015 Ford F-450 DRW 4x4 – $52,915 to start incl. D&H. while offering a 31,200 pound tow rating with the std. 4.30 rear end.

Ford’s second-generation 440 hp and 860 lb.-ft. of torque 6.7L Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel in the 2015 F-450 tops the F-Series Super Duty pickup truck lineup with maximum fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing capacity of 31,200 pounds.

... [Read More]
4 Replies | 469 Views
Toyota Auris Hybrid Reliability in the UK = Superlative
Jul 27, 2014 - 12:57 PM - by xcel
WHICH? CAR survey shows Auris and Auris hybrids the most reliable in their segment.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 27, 2014

2014 Toyota Auris Hybrid – It would be a 50 mpg combined rated vehicle if it were available here.

Almost 50,000 British drivers covering more than 58,000 cars added their voice to the latest 2014 Which? Car Survey regarding the quality of their vehicles. Revealed was that the Toyota Auris Hybrid was rated on top of its segment. The Prius scored strongly against rivals although I do not have an exact score.

The results may have some error built in as 54 percent of the surveys were completed by... [Read More]
4 Replies | 804 Views
This Super-Efficient Lightbulb Uses Tesla Tech for an Incandescent Glow
Jul 25, 2014 - 1:39 PM - by ALS
Unlike LED fixtures that require heat-dispersing fins that might not fit in an incandescent fixture, the Finally Light's glass bulb provides all the surface area needed for heat dissipation.
Robert Sorokanich - GIZMODO - July 25, 2014

The 60W bulb is rated the same as an CFL at 14.5W --Ed.

Despite their inefficiency, old-school incandescent lightbulbs sure did put out a pleasant, natural-looking light. The folks at Finally Light Bulb missed that light, so they brought it back with an efficient, affordable bulb using technology... [Read More]
18 Replies | 915 Views
J.D. Power 2014 APEAL Study – The First 90-Days
Jul 24, 2014 - 1:20 PM - by xcel
Porsche cleans up on the high end, Hyundai cleans up for the rest of us.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 23, 2014

2014 J.D. Power APEAL Study reveals luxury marques provide best first look and feel satisfaction. It is one of the most affordable offerings that provide the surprise.

According to J.D. Power’s release, despite more technologies and functionality in new cars, satisfaction is not significantly higher among owners of those models than among owners of carryover models.

The APEAL Study surveys owners to evaluate their vehicle within the first 90-daysof ownership across 77 different attributes, which combine into an overall APEAL score that is measured on... [Read More]
2 Replies | 870 Views
Toyota Hybrids Cleaning U.K. Air One Car at A Time
Jul 24, 2014 - 10:47 AM - by xcel
Auris Hybrid being the car doing the heavy lifting.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 24, 2014

The second generation Toyota Auris - released for the 2012 MY - design focus was on improved driving dynamics and feedback with lower weight, improved aerodynamics, new suspension geometry, improved suspension and steering tuning, and even an improved hybrid drivetrain.

The Auris Hybrid not only leads on the CO2 emissions front at 84g/km when equipped with the smallish 15-inch wheels, its NOx and particulate is almost nill.

Toyota global lineup, the second generation Auris displays the new global family “face” including extra emphasis placed on the lower... [Read More]
2 Replies | 837 Views
Refreshed 2015 Toyota Yaris
Jul 23, 2014 - 3:47 PM - by xcel
New front end, quieter, and the same old drivetrain.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 23, 2014

2015 Toyota Yaris - $15,670 to start which includes D&H yields 30/37 mpg city/highway with the 5-speed stick.

Available in the same 3 or 5-door hatch form factors, the 2015 Yaris has been tweaked while we all await the real next gen 2016 or 2017 built using a Mazda2 platform at a new Mazda plant in Mexico.

The front view of the refreshed Yaris is a continuation of the designs seen in the latest Toyota sedans including the Corolla, Camry and Avalon. Outside the Toyota design language is readily apparent with the larger but more integrated open mouthed lower grille... [Read More]
13 Replies | 1,226 Views
This Electric Motorcycle Lap At TT Zero 2014 Is Insane
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:38 PM - by ALS
It may not be the fastest lap ever set around Snaefell on a motorcycle--that honor goes to McGuinness's Mugen teammate Bruce Anstey, running a Honda in the Superbike class. This year, he set a 132 mph average.

Antony Ingram - - July 22, 2014

TT Zero is a relatively new addition to the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy road race meeting that takes place each June.

Despite its novelty, it's also raising more than a few eyebrows. None more so than this year, when... [Read More]
2 Replies | 1,006 Views
More Towing and Payload Details on the 2015 Ford F150
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:12 PM - by xcel
Stunning Payload and Towing Capacity for the 2.7L EcoBoost.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 22, 2014

2015 Ford F150 – Pricing and EPA to be released at a later date.

The clock called continuous improvement is alive and well at Ford as they released more specs on the upcoming revolutionary lightweighted F150 platform using even more efficient and powerful engines.

We have reported that the much anticipated 2.7L EcoBoost includes Auto Start-Stop as std. equipment. What we did not know however is that the towing cap is a staggering 8,500 pounds and payload is an excellent 2,250 pounds from the 325 HP and 375 lb.-ft. of torque engine that could.

A tweet... [Read More]
14 Replies | 1,532 Views
Continentals Conti.eContact Super Hybrid Tire
Jul 21, 2014 - 5:21 PM - by xcel
Excellent wet traction, low rolling resistance, and quieter than your average car tire.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 21, 2014

The Continental Conti.eContact – Achieves an A/A rating on EU tire labeling system

The Conti.eContact has been refined. With the introduction of numerous new tire technologies, the new summer tire is the first from Continental to obtain the top A rating on the EU Tire Label for both wet grip and rolling resistance without compromising high G dry traction.

In Europe Continental is offering the Conti.eContact in six sizes for 17 and 18-inch wheels.
... [Read More]
22 Replies | 1,750 Views
25 Years of Audi TDI
Jul 21, 2014 - 3:41 PM - by xcel
“I think the diesel engine is the most efficient future proof powertrain and it will give us a mobility solution for years to come.”

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 21, 2014

25-years of Audi TDI: From fuel efficient luxury to race cars and everything inbetween.

The European spec Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI Competition incorporates impressive power, sports car dynamic handling, and unheard of efficiency. It represents the culmination of 25 years of the TDI.

The 346 hp and 479.4 lb-ft of torque 3.0L Biturbo TDI in the Competition A7 can drive the... [Read More]
3 Replies | 1,164 Views
New Nissan LEAFs: 2-Years No Charge to Charge
Jul 20, 2014 - 8:31 PM - by xcel
A nice 2-year benefit for future new owners.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 20, 2014

Charging a LEAF at Nissan of Downtown L.A. which is free all the time.

Buy a new Nissan LEAF within the top 10 sales markets and you will receive the benefit of "No Charge to Charge" for two years. Nissan will provide said owners with an EZ-Charge card that will give access to more than 2,600 public chargers with ChargePoint, Blink, CarCharging, AeroVironment and NRG eVgo.

These 10 markets include San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston and Washington, D.C.... [Read More]
1 Reply | 1,284 Views
Nissan Demonstrates “Self Cleaning Paint” On A LEAF
Jul 20, 2014 - 2:48 AM - by xcel
A super-hydrophobic nanoscopic surface layer coating that repels water and in turn, dirt.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 20, 2014

A specially painted Nissan LEAF can resist water and dirt like nothing you have ever seen before.

The world's best-selling BEV recently received a new innovative paint coating technology that repels mud, rain and dirt? This LEAF may just be the "world's cleanest car."

This LEAFs exterior was treated with a specially engineered superhydrophobic and oleophobic paint that is designed to repel water and oils.

The... [Read More]
2 Replies | 1,145 Views
2014 Toyota Prius PHEV-11 Sets Nürburgring Record for Lowest Fuel Consumption
Jul 18, 2014 - 11:41 PM - by xcel
A little PHEV_action for your weekend highlight reel.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 15, 2014

From the cockpit during the drive… Record? We’ll call it a nice drive instead.

Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany -- The Nürburgring. A name that makes racing heart beats speed up, eyes dilate, and minds go into overdrive. The current north loop is 12.9 miles long and has a 1,000 plus feet of elevation delta from its lowest to highest points.
... [Read More]
9 Replies | 1,527 Views
GM Adding 8-Speed AT to 2015 6.2L Pickup Trucks
Jul 18, 2014 - 7:31 PM - by 08EscapeHybrid
GM to include an in-house designed 8-Speed AT to 2015 V8 pickup trucks.
Jay Sincavage - CleanMPG - July 18, 2014

Earlier today GM announced it is planning to add an all-new in-house designed 8-speed AT to a number of its large trucks with the largest V8 engine. The company has confirmed the all-new 8-speed AT will be standard on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models equipped with the 6.2L V-8.

The GM Hydra-Matic 8L90 8-speed is approximately the same size and weight as the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic. Its 7.0 gear ratio spread is wider than GM’s current 6-speed automatic... [Read More]
12 Replies | 1,584 Views
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