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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]
0 Replies | 266 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]
2 Replies | 402 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]
21 Replies | 796 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 | 496 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 | 580 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 | 645 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 | 1,000 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 | 1,021 Views
2015 Hyundai Sonata and the 3,000 Mile Test Drive
Jul 18, 2014 - 6:22 PM - by xcel
34 miles covered and already 4-minutes and 40 sec. of advert video.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 18, 2014

The Journey before the Journey

2015 Hyundai Sonata – $22,085 to start incl. mats, D&H while offering a 25/37 mpg city/highway rating.

The all-new seventh-generation 2015 Sonata was revealed this past spring at the 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). It included a more refined look, stiffer body structure,... [Read More]
2 Replies | 954 Views
Hyundai Genuine Parts for Accident Repair
Jul 18, 2014 - 5:26 PM - by xcel
Lower overall cost and consumer benefit or another profit center?
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 18, 2014

2013 Hyundai Elantra during the IIHS Small Overlap Crash Test – Yeah, that will buff right out.

Hyundai just launched its “Go Genuine” collision conquest repair program to encourage repair facilities to buy more Hyundai Genuine Parts.

The Hyundai Go Genuine Collision Conquest program provides reimbursement to Hyundai dealers, allowing them to... [Read More]
1 Reply | 738 Views
2016 Toyota FCV Early Preview and H2 Availability
Jul 17, 2014 - 9:00 PM - by xcel
Hurtling into the future at the speed of the Hydrogen atom.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 17, 2014

2016 Toyota FCV – Pricing, efficiency, range, and price to refuel continue to be big question marks for U.S. consumer acceptance.

Toyota FCV and Japan pricing was released late last month and I am still shaking my head as to the take rate at that purchase price.

The FCV will launch in Japan sometime in March of 2015, with the U.S. and European retail... [Read More]
5 Replies | 907 Views
2015 Hyundai Sonata Earns an IIHS Top Safety Pick + Rating
Jul 17, 2014 - 2:38 PM - by xcel
Earning respect one test at a time.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 17, 2014

2015 Hyundai Sonata during the IIHS Small Overlap, the toughest crash test in the world.

The all-new 2015 Sonata is now rated as one of the safest cars in North America as it has now earned an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.

The 2015 Sonata structure uses more than 50 percent advanced high-strength steel resulting in a 41 percent increase in stiffness and 35 percent increase in torsional rigidity. This stronger platform enhances its the crash test capability.

To achieve the... [Read More]
0 Replies | 785 Views
2016 Mazda2 "DEMIO" Preview
Jul 17, 2014 - 1:28 AM - by xcel
Kodo design language, 1.5L SKYACTIV-D, and Mazda’s patented handling performance take the B-segment by storm.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 16, 2014

This evening Mazda announced details about its all-new fourth generation 2016 Mazda2 sub-compact known as the Demio in Japan and Mazda2 here. The long overdue redesign is a welcome addition to the Mazda family as the current Mazda2 released in... [Read More]
13 Replies | 1,103 Views
Hyundai Blue Link to Add Android Auto Soon
Jul 15, 2014 - 1:12 AM - by xcel
Blue Link is going to be better than ever.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 14, 2014

Hyundai’s Blue Link will soon be Android Auto compatible.

Along with Apple’s Car Play, Hyundai is working with the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) to make “Android Auto” available to drivers. Android Auto brings familiar Android smartphone features directly to Hyundai cars via Hyundai’s fourth generation touchscreen Audio Video Navigation (AVN) systems. Android Auto will be available in select Hyundai models including possibly the all-new 2015 Genesis and 2015 Sonata.

Hyundai said the actual models and trims... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,122 Views
VWs Underutilized Chattanooga Plant to Build New SUV
Jul 14, 2014 - 11:02 AM - by xcel
TDI or PHEV is unknown?

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - July 14, 2014

2016 VW 7-Passenger SUV – Pricing and EPA TBA

Within its Strategy 2018 plan, Volkswagen is expanding production in the US at its Platinum Certified LEED automotive production facility in Chattanooga, TN. The Board of Directors of Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) has announced it will produce a new midsize SUV after an investment of some $900 million USD in the production of a newly developed, seven-passenger... [Read More]
3 Replies | 1,164 Views
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