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Audi in Geneva – The A9/Prologue Avant Concept Evolves
Mar 01, 2015 - 5:11 PM - by xcel
Slick new design direction plus a 455 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque hybrid drivetrain.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 28, 2015

The Audi Prologue Avant Concept will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show this coming week.

First shown at the LA Auto Show this past November as a two door, Audi gave the media and show goers alike a peek into the brand of four rings next stage in automotive design. Called the Audi Prologue Concept or A9, it was long, low and spelled a new direction for the brand of four rings. Let us call it a trial balloon.

Now four months later, Audi will be showing another variant at the... [Read More]
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VW in Geneva – The Passat Alltrack
Mar 01, 2015 - 3:43 PM - by xcel
A large_AWD wagon from VW.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 28, 2015

The new European Passat Alltracks world premiere. This is a European release so maybe we will receive the innovative VW AWD system in a future Passat here?

The Alltrack is based on the new eighth generation Passat wagon and built on a modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform. The new Passat Alltrack is quite a bit different however with an off-road look and 4MOTION permanent AWD.

The Passat Alltrack features modified bumpers with underbody guards, rugged wheel arches and side sill molding plus sill extensions. Its... [Read More]
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2015 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study
Feb 27, 2015 - 2:44 PM - by xcel
Lexus owns it once again.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 27, 2015

J.D. Power released its annual Vehicle Dependability Survey with similar results as prior years. According to their release, Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition issues are the most frequently reported problems after three years of ownership. Study findings show that technology is playing an increasingly critical role in owners’ perceptions of overall vehicle reliability, which, in turn, is impacting their likelihood to repurchase the same brand next time around.

The study considers problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of 2012 model-year vehicles. Overall dependability is... [Read More]
5 Replies | 704 Views
2 Spectators Killed, 1 Injured In California Street-Racing Hit-And-Run
Feb 26, 2015 - 5:19 PM - by xcel
Two spectators were killed and a third was injured when a Ford Mustang plowed into a crowd of onlookers during an illegal street race in Chatsworth on Thursday.
Q. McCray - ABC7 Los Angeles - Feb. 25, 2015

Mustang involved in Street Racing Deaths in Chatsworth, Calif. according to ABC7 LA.

2 completely avoidable and senseless deaths thanks to uncontrollable egos at a minimum. -- Ed.

Two spectators were killed and a third was seriously injured when a Ford Mustang plowed into a crowd of onlookers during what police described as an illegal street race in Chatsworth on Thursday.

The injured... [Read More]
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#CAS2015 – Chicago Auto Show: Best Auto Show on the Planet plus a Final Highlight
Feb 26, 2015 - 2:54 PM - by xcel
Despite one fewer day, the Chicago Auto Show’s attendance grows 7 percent over 2014’s totals.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 26, 2015

Chicago, IL. -- A familiar sight at the Chicago Auto Show made its appearance once again.

The Chicago Auto Show press folks released details on this year’s event which ran nine-days and saw 7 percent more attendees than the 2014 show.

With more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space, the Chicago Auto Show is the nation’s largest auto show and could hold the LA, Detroit, and NY Shows combined within its confines.

The home page stories documented the media preview were we learned about the... [Read More]
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2015 Ford F-150 – The 23 Gallon Tank That Holds 33+ Gallons
Feb 25, 2015 - 4:06 PM - by xcel
You will never get there however.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 25, 2015

2015 Ford F-150 4X4 Supercrew Lariet with the 2.7L EcoBoost, NAVI, Sony Audio plus more – $51,175 as driven incl. D&H provides a 18/23 mpg city/highway rating.

Last night I was sitting at my hometown Shell in Gurnee, IL with the all-new 13th generation 2015 Ford F-150 after spending over 2 hours to top it off for the calibration drive...

When Press Fleet vehicles arrive, the handlers fill them up just before dropping the off. They do not top them off but a first click and then they drive to your home to swap out or pick up the vehicle with another driver.

Standard for the... [Read More]
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2015 Ford F-150 Ready for Kansas City Production
Feb 24, 2015 - 3:03 PM - by xcel
Ford trains thousands of employees at Kansas City Assembly to support upcoming 2015 F-150 production.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 24, 2015

2015 Ford F-150 – $26,615 to start incl. D&H but not incl. any discounts. With the 2.7L EcoBoost, $27,410 incl. D&H. With it in 2WD trim, a 19/26 mpg city/highway rating is the result.

Since May 2013, more than 8,000 skilled trades and production workers at Ford’s Dearborn Truck and Kansas City Assembly Plant have undergone an intensive training program to support production of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, the most fuel efficient F-150 yet.

The production training program was... [Read More]
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Toyota Hybrid Battery Recycling Successes in Europe
Feb 24, 2015 - 1:38 PM - by xcel
It has been a while since we posted a battery recycling story. Europe just fixed that.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 24, 2015

100,000th UK Hybrid, a 2014 Toyota Auris Hybrid, roiling off the line.

Toyota Europe (TME) stated that 91 percent of its hybrid batteries have been successfully collected through its dealer network and is now expanding its program to independent end-of-life vehicle (ELV) operators.

Hybrid batteries usually outlast the vehicle so are usually recovered at the end of the vehicle life or in case of an accident. Toyota has years of experience in Asia, North America and Europe running an... [Read More]
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2015 Toyota Yaris SE Review
Feb 23, 2015 - 8:58 PM - by xcel
Nicest Yaris yet but for a price.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 23, 2015

2015 Toyota Yaris SE - $17,620 to start and rated at 30/36 mpg city/highway with the 4-speed AT. Add 1 mpg for the 5-speed MT and a lot more in the real world.

I am writing this up while parked at my hometown Shell with this week’s ride courtesy of the Toyota Motor Corporation.

The 2015 Toyota Yaris is an all-new model as evident by the much more aggressive, modern bad dare I say nicer looking exterior plus a much improved and appointed interior. Yet from the drivetrain perspective, nothing was changed. Meaning the same 106 HP and 103 lb-ft of torque 1.5L I4 mated to the... [Read More]
6 Replies | 1,087 Views
Yutaka Katayama, car executive who built Nissan in U.S., dies at 105
Feb 23, 2015 - 12:07 PM - by ALS
Katayama was among the first Japanese auto execs to understand that American drivers need cars built for them and not the world.

Al S. - CleanMPG - Feb. 23, 2015

Yutaka Katayama (Mr. ‘K’) is best known as the father of the 240 Z.

The following statement is in response to the news that Yutaka Katayama, the first president of Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A., passed away on Feb. 19 at the age of 105:

“Yutaka Katayama (Mr. ‘K’) was a passionate ambassador for the Datsun and Nissan brands and our condolences go out to his... [Read More]
0 Replies | 922 Views
NASCAR and Domestic Violence. A Two Way Street
Feb 21, 2015 - 12:38 PM - by xcel
A little “Good ole boy” hypocrisy?
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 21, 2015

A Delaware family court found Kurt Busch to be guilty of domestic violence "By a preponderance of the evidence" against his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. The court has now issued a protective order.

The Abuse Allegations - In early November of last year, an investigation was started against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch on allegations of domestic assault.

The Dover Police Department said in a statement that an "investigation is being conducted based on an allegation of domestic assault that is alleged to have occurred in the City of Dover... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,312 Views
California Auto Sales Lead by Accord, Prius Family and Civic
Feb 21, 2015 - 12:01 AM - by xcel
Accord moves to number one and places distance between itself and the Prius family sales results.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 20, 2015

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid - $30,125 to start incl. D&H while offering a 50/45 mpgUS city/highway rating.

The multiple award winning Honda Accord Hybrid is powered by Honda's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system this is propelled by electric motor power, gasoline engine power and hybrid gas-electric propulsion, delivering power to the wheels and back to the Li-Ion battery with regenerative braking.

Fuel efficiency is further aided exclusive to the Accord... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,409 Views
GM Joins Honda and Toyota with Conversation Mirror in their Largest SUVs
Feb 20, 2015 - 3:51 PM - by xcel
GMs largest SUVs receive a conversation mirror standard.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 20, 2015

The development team for the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL have now added a conversation mirror – a secondary rear-view mirror that helps drivers keep an eye on kids seated in the second and third rows.

From our 2014 Highlander Hybrid First Drive, this is not a new idea but it sure is a welcome one.

The conversation mirror, standard on all 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL models, lets parents view the rear seat passengers without using their... [Read More]
8 Replies | 1,500 Views
Auto Pacific: Three More Years of U.S. Auto Sales Growth
Feb 20, 2015 - 12:33 PM - by xcel
17 million light duty vehicles per year for the next 4 years.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 19, 2015

With lower fuel prices, a shift away from efficient cars to less efficient CUVs will provide OEMs more profits in the near term.

AutoPacific released its 2015 U.S. light vehicle sales forecast with an expected 17 million vehicles sold, up 3.7 percent over the 16.4 million vehicles sold throughout all of 2014.

The company's 2015 forecast predicts a market share split of 55 percent trucks and 45 percent cars the largest truck share in U.S. history.

It is also forecasting continued nominal increases in U.S. light vehicle sales with a peak reached at just... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,248 Views
Ford Driving Hard Into Carbon Fiber
Feb 18, 2015 - 11:33 PM - by xcel
New lower cost collaboration to develop automotive-grade and less expensive carbon fiber production announced.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Feb. 18, 2015

2016 Ford GT – Partially built of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP).

Ford is not just moving into Aluminum with the F-150 its most visible high tech material offering as it announces a new partnership to develop manufacturing innovations in automotive-grade carbon fiber for use in future automobiles.

Ford and DowAksa – a 50/50 joint venture between The Dow Chemical Company and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.Ş. – are researching high-volume carbon fiber manufacturing production to make... [Read More]
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