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VWs All-new 2016 Passat PHEV
Sep 29, 2014 - 5:22 PM - by xcel
Europe first but we’ll get it eventually. I hope.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 29, 2014

2016 VW Passat PHEV-20? – Pricing and EPA may be a while.

Next week VW will be introducing the 2016 European Passat PHEV at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Equipped with the latest fuel efficient drivetrain and advanced assistance and infotainment systems, it is a new design with more exciting proportions. The all-new eighth generation is currently being launched in Europe and the first Passat PHEV will be following soon after.

The GTE... [Read More]
1 Reply | 255 Views
2016 Chevrolet Volt Revealed <-- Yeah that’s click bait ;)
Sep 29, 2014 - 10:08 AM - by xcel
Another GM camouflage story but cool nonetheless.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 29 2014

The 2016 Volt from above.

The next-generation Chevrolet Volt is one of the automotive world’s best-kept secrets. I still have to wonder why however? GM states it is to keep the media eager to see the successor until the debuts at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. And this kind of controlled release succeeds up to a point although no manufacturer is going to copy the Volts styling in 4-months.

GM stated it is its engineers that are charged to create the “cool” camouflage designs covering the car hiding the... [Read More]
4 Replies | 395 Views
Ford’s Global LED Lighting Installations
Sep 29, 2014 - 9:19 AM - by xcel
A 56 million kWh reduction expected.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 29, 2014

This morning Ford revealed it is investing in low carbon LED lighting at manufacturing facilities around the world. The new lights with a street value of more than $25 million, will save both energy and corporate $s while improving lighting quality.

The 25,000 new LED fixtures will replace traditional high-intensity discharge and fluorescent lights, and are expected to reduce Ford’s energy use at manufacturing facilities by 56 million kilowatt-hours annually!

That equates to an up to 70 percent reduction in lighting energy consumption... [Read More]
1 Reply | 279 Views
Kia Optima Concept: Mild Hybridizing the Turbo Diesel in Europe
Sep 29, 2014 - 8:38 AM - by xcel
Kia getting serious about efficiency again.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 29, 2014

The Optima Hybrid Turbo Diesel Mild Hybrid Animation.

Kia will reveal the new Kia Optima mild hybrid concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show on October 2, the first application and demonstration of a new new mild hybrid powertrain.

The Kia Optima T-Hybrid (turbo hybrid) concept is powered by the existing 1.7L CRDi I4 turbo-diesel mated to a small electric motor and powered by a 48V “lead-carbon” battery. The diesel-electric powertrain concept enables full hybrid... [Read More]
3 Replies | 311 Views
2015 Fiat 500e Now in Oregon
Sep 29, 2014 - 1:43 AM - by xcel
Fiat’s best product moves beyond California.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 25, 2014

2015 Fiat 500e - $32,650 incl. D&H and better yet, $199 a month for 36 months with $999 up front and a class-leading 87 miles of AER.

Earlier this week Chrysler announced that the 2015 Fiat 500e is now available at FIAT studios in both California and Oregon for $199 a month over 36 months with $999 due at signing. Previously, 500e had been sold only in California as a compliance vehicle since 2013.

Of all the EVs I have driven to date, this one is the closet to providing fun with style and affordability.

Changes to the 2015 Fiat 500e include a... [Read More]
0 Replies | 289 Views
Iowa Curbs Tesla Test Drives
Sep 28, 2014 - 8:45 AM - by xcel
“Tesla does not believe the statutes apply because the company was not selling cars, only providing test drives.”
Joel Aschbrenner - Des Moines Register - Sept. 25, 2014

Hypocrisy as car dealer groups appear to be looking out for themselves more than the consumer? -- Ed.

2014 Tesla Model S 60 - $72,240 to start incl. D&H with a 208 mile range.

Don't plan on taking the Model S for a test drive in Iowa anytime soon… Iowa told the company to cut short three days of test drives earlier this month in West Des Moines.

The Iowa DOT... [Read More]
2 Replies | 472 Views
Man Breaking a Windshield with His Face Might Convince You That You Need a Dash Cam
Sep 27, 2014 - 8:28 AM - by ALS
Nothing shouts “get a dash cam!” quite like video of a man leaping onto the hood of a car and bashing his head, zombie-style, into the windshield.

Zach Noble - THEBLAZE - September 27, 2014

The circumstances surrounding the video remain unclear, though the video poster wrote that the incident took place on Sept. 19 in South Korea and labeled the man as an “insurance scammer.”

In the video, the man rushes the car as the people inside scream, leaping on the hood... [Read More]
7 Replies | 648 Views
Cadillac Heading to NY
Sep 24, 2014 - 1:14 PM - by xcel
What will change?
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 23, 2014

2014 Cadillac CTS - $46,025 to start incl. D&H with the 2.0L T provides owners a paltry 20/30 mpgUS city/highway rating.

GM announced a new strategic realignment that will establish Cadillac as a separate business unit with a New York headquarters scheduled to open in 2015.

GM stated that a new Cadillac business unit allows it to pursue new growth opportunities in the luxury automotive market.

As it stands, Cadillac is the only luxury brand not experiencing growth while luxury brand competitor’s sales are up between 10 and 20 percent this year.

Johan de Nysschen, who... [Read More]
9 Replies | 1,014 Views
Audi, Toyota, and Porsche at 4th Round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
Sep 24, 2014 - 12:18 PM - by xcel
Austin’s Circuit of Americas qualifying positions did not equal podium results.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 24, 2014

#2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, eventual winner in Austin but not without drama.

The FIA World Endurance Championship season resumed for the fourth of eight races scheduled for this year, following the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The WEC qualifying format requires two drivers from each car to set a minimum of two flying laps each. The grid is decided by the combined average of each driver’s fastest two laps.

Toyota begins on top

Toyota Racing held a one-point advantage in the Manufacturers' World... [Read More]
0 Replies | 975 Views
GMs 2015 Colorado and Canyon: 20/27 mpgUS City/Highway
Sep 22, 2014 - 8:14 AM - by xcel
Pickup truck wars heating up yet again with this all-new segment leading entry from the General.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 22, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Colorado - $20,995 to start incl. D&H when equipped with the standard DI 200 hp 2.5L I4 mated to a 6-speed MT.

From our first preview of the Colorado/Canyon twins Pricing and just a week before the all-new Ford F-150 Pricing and EPA release, there has been some movement in the pickup truck segment. This morning GM released their compact lineups full EPA results and they are pretty damn healthy... [Read More]
34 Replies | 1,814 Views
2015 Toyota Sienna Preview
Sep 21, 2014 - 10:29 PM - by xcel
Prettier face with room for 8 and.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 21, 2014

2015 Toyota Sienna - $29,485 to start with an 18/25 mpg city/highway rating.

Toyota’s minivan is refreshed for the 2015 MY as the Sienna will arrive with a new exterior, interior, improved safety and new infotainment.

First experienced in our 2014 Highlander Hybrid First Drive, the Sienna is optionally equipped with the new Driver Easy Speak option. Using the microphone from the Sienna’s voice-command multi-media system, Driver Easy Speak conveys... [Read More]
3 Replies | 1,486 Views
Kia's Soul and Forte: Improved Small Overlap Crash Test
Sep 21, 2014 - 9:04 PM - by MaxxMPG
Soul earns good rating, qualifying for Top Safety Pick
Chris Bernius - CleanMPG - Sep. 21, 2014

Improved Soul shows how to ace the test, while the Forte still has room for improvement.

The Kia Soul, a small car previously rated poor in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,257 Views
One-Off Nissan Leaf Pickup Used as Shop Truck
Sep 18, 2014 - 5:42 PM - by ALS
The engineering team at the Nissan Technical Center in Arizona uses the strange little EV for transporting various tools and parts around, so the affectionately named “Sparky” essentially acts as a shop truck.

Joseph Capparella - MOTORTREND - September 18, 2014

Say hello to Sparky, a Nissan Leaf pickup truck created by engineers at the automaker's technical center in Arizona. The zero-emissions truck started life when the team needed a new vehicle to haul around their tools, resulting in the funky project Leaf.

Nissan... [Read More]
2 Replies | 1,670 Views
2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2.3 First Test
Sep 18, 2014 - 5:32 PM - by ALS
Carlos Lago - MOTORTREND - September 18, 2014

For comparision my old 2.3L Turbo Volvo 160 HP was EPA rated at city/highway/combine 17/20/18 mpg. --Ed.

The most amusing thing about the new Mustang is evident when you pop its hood. Here's the longest-running name in the musclecar business, looking all mean and modern and ready for the 21st century. And what do you see in its engine bay? Space.

That space produces a consistent response from people who've just said, "Hey, is that the new Mustang?" Their next comment:... [Read More]
9 Replies | 1,869 Views
2015 Mazda 3 Updated, Gains Manual Transmission for 2.5L
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:07 PM - by ALS
Despite this extra equipment, prices don’t rise at all for the 2015 Mazda 3 i models
Joseph Capparella - AUTOMOBILEMAG - September 17, 2014

We’re still waiting for the highly anticipated Mazdaspeed 3, but Mazda is rolling out the next-best thing in the 2015 Mazda 3 lineup by pairing a six-speed manual transmission with the 3’s larger 2.5-liter engine. Mazda announced that this model was coming when the car first launched, and the company’s website now confirms this Mazda 3 s 6MT model as available on both sedan and hatchback versions of this compact car.

The manual transmission 3 s models... [Read More]
3 Replies | 1,818 Views
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