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Cummins Finalizes the Powerful and Efficient 5.0L V8 for the 2016 Nissan Titan XD
Aug 30, 2015 - 11:02 PM - by xcel
From humble beginnings to the Brick Yard, the brand provides confidence inspiring power, longevity and efficiency.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug. 30, 2014

Cummins was founded in Columbus, Indiana, in 1919 as the Cummins Engine Company by the company’s namesake, Clessie Lyle Cummins. He was among the first automobile visionaries to see the commercial efficiency and torque advantage of the unproven engine technology called diesel invented two decades earlier by Rudolph Diesel.

Cummins cofounder, G.W. Irwin, owned a Packard that he could not crank over to fire it up.... [Read More]
15 Replies | 353 Views
Honda Moves to Garmin for Embedded NAVI
Aug 30, 2015 - 12:02 PM - by xcel
About time!

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Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 30, 2015

2016 Honda Pilot EX-L w/Navi - $36,905 to start with the latest Garmin NAVI interface + $880 D&H offers owners a 19/27 mpgUS city/highway rating.

Garmin and Honda have come to terms on a partnership that will bring Garmin’s award-winning navigation into multiple Honda infotainment systems over the next four years. The latest vehicle platform to launch with Garmin and its navigation solution is the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot.

The new Pilot incorporates Honda's latest thinking in advanced, family-friendly technology, including an upsized 8-inch capacitive touchscreen Display Audio connectivity interface... [Read More]
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Continental’s 48V Mild-Hybrid with Glide Function Ready for the Turbo Diesel
Aug 29, 2015 - 1:01 PM - by xcel
5+ percent improvement in efficiency, ~ 10 percent reduction in NOx emissions, 200 ms 700 RPM spin up, and a declutched Auto FAS.

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Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 29, 2015

Continental’s VW Golf TDI test mule with the 48V Eco Drive system at work.

This year’s 66th running of the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt will highlight the latest automotive technological advances ready for production today and tomorrow. Along with the 4th generation 2016 Toyota Prius reveal, another highlight from Continental stood out.

Continental will be discussing the benefits of 48V hybridization to save fuel in not... [Read More]
0 Replies | 473 Views
Mazda Dealership Facelift – Coming To a Dealership near You
Aug 28, 2015 - 12:50 PM - by xcel
Upscale and modern but will it help move Mazdas?

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Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 28, 2015

Next Generation Mazda dealership interior rendering.

Mazda revealed its all-new dealership design called “Retail Evolution” featuring an open floorplan. The interior is said to incorporate natural materials resulting in a more upscale décor than the company’s current Retail design. The first Retail Evolution dealership is Mazda of Everett in Seattle, Washington which opened yesterday.

Black cladding with a chrome Mazda logo neighboring large white fascia with dealership signage with an attractive appearance. Inside new materials... [Read More]
1 Reply | 434 Views
Ford may resurrect Ranger, Bronco in U.S.
Aug 27, 2015 - 2:01 PM - by ALS
The Ranger likely would be made at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant near Detroit.

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Alisa Priddle And Nathan Bomey, - USATODAY - August 27, 2015

Ford (F) is considering re-entering the small pickup truck segment by bringing the Ranger back to the U.S. and may also reintroduce the Bronco sport-utility vehicle, according to several reports.

Ford is weighing building the Ranger later this decade at the Michigan Assembly Plant near Detroit, the Detroit News reported.

The company may also revive the Bronco nearly two decades after the vehicle was phased out in the wake of the infamous O.J. Simpson chase in a white Bronco on national... [Read More]
1 Reply | 508 Views
Bosch EPS Units save an Estimated 5 Billion Gallons of Fuel
Aug 25, 2015 - 4:49 PM - by xcel
Fuel Saving technologies come in all shapes and sizes.

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Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 25, 2015

Bosch really does invent for life.

Electric steering is expanding fast and not just for efficiency reasons. For active lane-keeping or parking assistance, it is appearing more frequently as a standard feature in modern automobiles.

The growing importance of electric steering systems can be credited with a major milestone that occurred at a Bosch Schwäbisch Gmünd assembly where the 50 millionth EPS system came off the production lines last Friday, twelve years after the start of production.

The Fuel Savings

I am... [Read More]
5 Replies | 787 Views
Another Look at the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. The Preview
Aug 24, 2015 - 8:01 PM - by xcel
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Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 24, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Cruze – Pricing TBA. A minimum 40 mpg highway is assured.

Chevrolets all-new 2016 Cruze looks to be a very competitive compact with passenger volume, efficiency and infotainment to meet with any competitor on any continent on equal grounds. It will arrive in 5 trims, the L, LS, LT, Premier and RS.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Drivetrain

It will arrive in North America in early 2016 with a std. direct injected and turbocharged 153 hp 1.4L I4 mated to a 6-speed MT or AT providing an estimated 40 mpg highway (AT spec) and completing the 60 mph blast in under 8 seconds. Standard stop/start will improves the Cruze’s stop and go efficiency a touch. What is counterintuitive is the new ratios. The 2016 Cruze with... [Read More]
10 Replies | 1,076 Views
Honda Promotes CNG for Local Heavy Duty Transportation
Aug 23, 2015 - 11:34 PM - by xcel
Just months after announcing the Civic Natural Gas demise,

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Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 23, 2015

A big rig fueling with cleaner CNG will occur within Honda’s huge manufacturing footprint in Ohio as Honda opens its first public Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station on its Marysville campus.

Honda continues to push the envelope with its commitment to minimize the environmental impact along every stage of the car manufacturing process. In another first, last week it opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on its property in Marysville, Ohio.

The CNG station is the first public CNG station located on a Honda property in all of North America.... [Read More]
1 Reply | 948 Views
Drivetrain Total Cost of Ownership Title in Europe Goes To …
Aug 22, 2015 - 10:59 PM - by xcel
In Europe, two Toyota Hybrids bested diesels with asterisks. Here is Toyota’s explanation.

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Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 22, 2015

Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive - One of the best alternative fuel drivetrains you can buy today.

According to a recent study by Germany’s Tec-RMI for the German fleet management magazine BFP Fuhrpark, some Toyota Hybrids are capable of saving up to $1,140 USD in maintenance costs after 3 years of ownership.

Toyota’s full hybrid powertrains have been specifically designed for low maintenance and outstanding reliability. Unlike diesel or straight gasoline engine powered vehicles, they have no... [Read More]
5 Replies | 1,179 Views
60 Years Ago VW Sold Its Millionth Car. 200 Million Later and …
Aug 22, 2015 - 6:44 PM - by xcel
10 years to sell the first million. Now they sell 10 million every year.

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Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 22, 2015

In the U.S., it started with the iconic VW Beetle in 1949. $1,280 to start and equipped with an air cooled 25 hp 1.1L engine mated to a 4-speed MT.

The first Beetles like most vehicles of their day were equipped with mechanical cable-driven drum brakes and a non-synchromesh gearbox.

The first million Volkswagen vehicles were reported ten years after the end of the WW-II. By 1963, Volkswagen celebrated its ten millionth vehicle sold. Up through to today, more than 200 million have been sold.

When the record of one million vehicles was... [Read More]
2 Replies | 995 Views
2016 Nissan Titan with the Cummins Competitive Tow Testing
Aug 22, 2015 - 3:12 PM - by xcel
I cannot wait to see the results of this one.

Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 22, 2015

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD Internal Walk around.

On a Sunday afternoon in early June during the Dual-Fuel Charger drive between Las Vegas and LA, I saw this lineup of trucks doing a little testing…

As we have posted numerous times including from the show floor during its debut, the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD was revealed to the world at the 2015... [Read More]
3 Replies | 1,361 Views
BMW Equipping US Paralympic Track and Field Team With the Best of the Best
Aug 21, 2015 - 8:36 PM - by xcel
Previous collaborations have proved their weight in Silver and Bronze.

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Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 21, 2015

BMW DesignWorks – Making transportation of all kinds more efficient.

Earlier this month, BMW of North America announced plans to develop a new racing wheelchair for use by athletes of the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field Team in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. This is the fourth vehicle technology transfer project developed by BMW as part of its six-year partnership with Team USA.

For the wheelchair project,... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,007 Views
Mazda’s 2016 Additions, Subtractions and Refreshes
Aug 21, 2015 - 12:41 AM - by xcel
A lot of minor changes, refreshes plus the addition of the all-new CX-3 and next generation MX-5.

Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 20, 2015

As a primmer to the 2016 Mazda lineup, last month over 90 percent of Mazdas sold were equipped with the company’s Zoom-Zoom/Sip-Sip SKYACTIV Technology encompassing an advanced lightweight body, light, stiff extremely well handling chassis plus an efficient yet powerful drivetrain.

Adding to all of the advanced hardware is the fluid KODO - Soul of Motion design language featured in every Mazda being offered for the 2016 model... [Read More]
6 Replies | 1,183 Views
Second 2017 Elantra Reveal in As Many Weeks...
Aug 20, 2015 - 11:36 AM - by xcel
The large, powerful and efficient all-new 2017 Elantra looks better than ever.

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Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 20, 2015

2017 Elantra – Pricing TBA while offering a 43 mpgUS highway rating from the Sonata ECOs 1.6L and 7-speed DCT.

We were asked to pull our 2017 Hyundai Elantra story posted last week as it provided too many exacting details before the actual marketing reveal(s) scheduled between early September and its consumer reveal at the LA Auto Show in mid-November. We obliged. See the private "Members Only" forum for more details.

Last night Hyundai released another sneak peek of its compact car of the future scheduled for a full... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,252 Views
Toyota Generates More Than 25% of All Automotive OEM Patents Granted Last Year
Aug 19, 2015 - 7:56 PM - by xcel
85 percent were issued in alternative powertrains with hybrids having the largest share.

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Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 19, 2015

2015 Toyota Prius pkg. 2 - $25,250 to start incl. mats, D&H and offers owners its excellent 51/48/50 mpgUS city/highway/combined rating. The pkg. 5 (shown) is priced at $31,055 incl. mats, D&H.

Toyota has once again demonstrated its global innovation leadership by registering 26 percent of the 57,000 plus automotive patents filed last year by the world's 18 largest automakers. Expect many of these to be filed on account of the soon to be released 4th Generation 2016 Prius.

According to Germany's Center of... [Read More]
1 Reply | 1,234 Views
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