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2015 Toyota Camry Pricing Released
Sep 02, 2014 - 11:30 PM - by xcel
A few new features and a price increase.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Sept. 2. 2014

2015 Toyota Camry – $23,975 to start incl. D&H while sporting a 25/35 mpg city/highway rating.

What is it about the midsize Camry that makes it so appealing to Americans? Rock solid long term reliability is surely one attraction. Good resale must be another. In recent years, a first class interior and even a racier looking exterior surely helped. All-in, the Camry is a sweetheart as the “best-selling car in America” for 16 of the past 17 years.

Later this month the 2015 arrives with the new refreshed... [Read More]
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Georgia dealers want Tesla store shuttered for selling too many Teslas
Sep 02, 2014 - 3:21 PM - by ALS
Tesla's crime? Selling 173 cars directly from a factory-owned store located 25 miles away from Atlanta.
Steven Lang - - September 2, 2014

Imagine owning the most popular automaker in the United States. Now imagine a special ​interest group eliminating your ability to serve over 10 million Americans unless you did business with their unique cartel.

That's in essence what happened right before Labor Day weekend, when the Georgia Auto Dealer Association filed a petition with state officials seeking to cancel Tesla's license to sell its cars in the state of Georgia.

Tesla's crime? Selling 173 cars directly from a... [Read More]
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Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel Is First Medium-Duty Engine Certified to LEV III Standards
Sep 01, 2014 - 12:50 PM - by xcel
Amazing accomplishment to see lower emissions with increased performance without hardware changes.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug 15, 2014

Cummins Financials

In late July, Cummins reported its second quarter revenue was $4.8 billion USD, up 7 percent from the same quarter in 2013.

Revenues in North America increased 14 percent while international sales decreased 1 percent compared to the second quarter a year ago. Within international markets, lower revenues in Mexico, Brazil and India offset stronger demand in China.

Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were $657 million for the second... [Read More]
2 Replies | 398 Views
For 2015 RAMs HDs Receive Power Upgrades
Aug 31, 2014 - 5:01 PM - by xcel
RAMs 6.7L Cummins TD tops Ford’s 6.7L Power Stroke for bragging rights.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug 31, 2014

2015 RAM 3500 DRW HD Big Horn with the 6.7L Cummins inside at a Shell in Del Mar Calif. Even more power is available from the truck when equipped with the Cummins!

Ram Launches 2015 Heavy Duty’s - Best-in-Class Power (865 lb-ft.), Best-in-Class Towing (up to 30,000 pounds from the 3500 DRW and 4.10 rear end) and Payload (7,390 pounds from the 6.4L HEMI equipped HD truck), and even Best-in-Class efficiency. Meaning > 30 mpg in our most recent... [Read More]
9 Replies | 620 Views
Audi Pushing the Automotive Technology Envelope Again
Aug 31, 2014 - 2:11 PM - by xcel
48V electrification.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug 31, 2014

2015 Audi RS 5 TDI 48V Concept – A 380 hp and 553 lb-ft. of torque 3.0L V6 bi-electric turbo in action.

Following Audi Hints At the Future of the Turbo Diesel with a 48V Electric Turbo news from two months back, the 48-Volt idea appears to be gaining traction within the confines of the Ingolstadt, Germany automaker.

Long held as the holy grail of basic automotive electrification, 48V with 12V subsystems as opposed to standalone 12V systems... [Read More]
5 Replies | 594 Views
First and 10,000,000th Camry
Aug 31, 2014 - 11:46 AM - by xcel
Cute release honoring the car and the manufacturing facility in Georgetown, KY.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug 31, 2014

1988 Toyota Camry – First produced at Georgetown, KY.

A Time Machine flashback to May of 1988… Toyota, today reached a major milestone at the new $1.1 billion automobile manufacturing complex in Georgetown, Kentucky. An internal employee ceremony attended by approximately 1,100 employees celebrated the first Toyota Camry produced in Kentucky using newly installed equipment, processes, and the dedicated efforts of an American work force.

The car represented achievement of the rigorous quality... [Read More]
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2015 Honda Fit Awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick, Retrofits Older 15 Fits
Aug 26, 2014 - 6:54 PM - by xcel
A forward thinking automobile manufacturer going above and beyond.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug 26, 2014

2015 Honda Fit during the IIHS Small Overlap Crash Test

With the second generation Fit receiving Poor scores and an early 15 model receiving Marginal results in the small overlap crash test, the latest 2015 redeems itself mightily.

The 2015 Honda Fit has earned a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This includes a top rating of GOOD in four IIHS crash test modes and an ACCEPTABLE score in the... [Read More]
3 Replies | 976 Views
Thanks GM Employees for the Great Biking Idea!
Aug 26, 2014 - 1:27 PM - by xcel
GM Bike Share is one of the best ideas from the automaker yet!

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug 26, 2014

GMs Warren Technical Center is implementing a bike share program – the first of its kind from any U.S. automaker according to the company – that will enable its 19,000 employees to commute more easily both on and off the Corporate campus.

GM worked with a private bike sharing company called Zagster that has developed similar programs for other businesses. Employees can use Zagster bikes stationed throughout the Tech Center to travel between its 61 buildings covering... [Read More]
1 Reply | 802 Views
Fords Seamless Sliding Rear Glass for the All-New 2015 F150
Aug 26, 2014 - 12:34 PM - by xcel
A better idea? Probably.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug 26, 2014

The first seamless sliding rear glass in a pickup truck.

Fords all-new seamless sliding rear glass design somewhat conceals the vertical seams marking the edges of conventional pickup truck sliding rear windows.

Developed by Magna International, the first-to-market design sets a new trend for power sliders by reducing component needs, light weighting, and improving overall functionality and manufacturing efficiency.

Standard sliding rear windows typically contain three pieces... [Read More]
9 Replies | 977 Views
Oil Fuels Terrorists
Aug 26, 2014 - 8:10 AM - by rhwinger
The Islamic State is likely earning some $2 million a day from crude sales.
Indira A.r. Lakshmanan - Bloomberg - Aug 26 2014

Something we already believed here, now even more so --Ed.

With its reign of terror over a large population and ability to self-finance on a staggering scale, the extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley resembles the Taliban with oil wells.

The Islamic State, which now controls an area of Iraq and Syria larger than the U.K., may be raising more than $2 million a day in revenue from oil sales, extortion, taxes and smuggling, according to U.S.... [Read More]
11 Replies | 963 Views
Solar To Produce Up To 22,500 Toyota Auris Hybrid Engines/Year
Aug 25, 2014 - 7:23 PM - by xcel
10 percent of Toyota’s Wales engine plant is now powered by the sun.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug 25, 2014

Almost 13,000 PV panels are helping to build efficient engines today.

A large-scale embedded solar array began partially powering Toyota UK’s engine production at its Deeside plant in North Wales last Thursday. The approximately 13,000 solar panels are now providing up to 10 percent of all the electricity required for Auris and Avensis engine manufacturing at the site.

The solar array was built and managed by British Gas under a multi-million-dollar project which will lower energy costs and reduce... [Read More]
1 Reply | 854 Views
The 2015 VW eGolf - $36,225 to Start
Aug 25, 2014 - 2:06 PM - by xcel
So how does it compare to the LEAF?
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug 25, 2014

2015 VW e-Golf SEL Premium – $36,265 to start incl. D&H while the company continues to provide a 70 to 90-miles all-electric range (AER) estimate. VW will release the actuals just prior to its dealership arrival in November.

Last year at the Frankfurt International Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled an extremely efficient all-electric car called the e-Golf. It was going to be based on the latest MQB designed 2015 Golf.

Outside the 2015 e-Golf

The 5-door hatch e-Golf is recognizable as the BEV with unique alloys and std. LED headlights, the first VW to be... [Read More]
19 Replies | 1,721 Views
Honda’s CR-Z Hybrid Gets Charged Up
Aug 25, 2014 - 1:23 AM - by xcel
An accessory to boost output by 51 percent.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug 22, 2014

2014 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid visits the movies in Clear Lake, IA - $20,785 to start incl. D&H while offering an easy to achieve 31/38 mpg city/highway rating with the std. 6-speed MT and a 36/39 mpg city/highway rating with the CVT.

The 2014 CR-Z is a slick looking 2-seater with terrific fuel efficiency. The CR-Z was refreshed for the 2013 model year with a more powerful Li-Ion pack – replacing the problem prone NiMH - and increased power and even... [Read More]
7 Replies | 1,147 Views
2015 Honda Accord - Pricing and Minor EPA Changes
Aug 24, 2014 - 6:24 PM - by xcel
A little more pricey and a few feature additions to the highest trim levels.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug 22, 2014

2015 Honda Accord LX with the CVT (2013 Accord Sport shown) - $23,795 to start incl. D&H while offering an excellent 27/36/31 mpgUS city/highway/combined rating.

Coming off an exceptional year in which the Accord has been purchased or leased by 220,351 new owners through July of 2014, the 2015 arrives with less fanfare but every bit as good as the exceptional 2014 midsize offering.

As we have recently had discussions about the 47 mpg rated Accord Hybrids slow sales, the rest of the Accord lineup is selling well. At Honda dealerships... [Read More]
2 Replies | 1,118 Views
10 Features within the All-New 2015 Ford F150 – Some Smart, Others Fluff
Aug 23, 2014 - 11:07 PM - by xcel
Which ones meet your needs?
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug. 22, 2014

2015 Ford F150 – On sale late this year in XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch trims. Pricing and EPA data have not yet been released.

A range of four engines will be available but its the 2.7L and 3.5L EcoBoost engines within the all-new lighter platform that we are most interested in.

The 2.7L is equipped with Auto Start-Stop and standard Active Grille Shutters.

There are 10 features of the all-new 2015 Ford F150 pickup that Ford said were designed to satisfy owners without them even noticing. Some appear useful. Others? Let's just say Ford's content factory is known to expect... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,281 Views
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