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Matthew McConaughey New Spokesperson for Lincoln
Sep 14, 2014 - 8:43 PM - by xcel
Lincoln has employed actor Matthew McConaughey in a multi-year partnership as the new spokesperson for the troubled brand.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 14, 2014

Not a particularly memorable performance with little name brand recognition to boot. Given the 2015 MKC w/ the 2.3L EcoBoost AWDs $40,860 starting price incl D&H and abysmal 18/26 mpgUS city/highway rating, the 2014/2015 Audi Q5 TDI quattro buries it no matter who is pushing it.

According to Wiki, Matthew David McConaughey was born on November 4, 1969. He gained notoriety for a breakout role in the coming... [Read More]
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GM has High Hopes for India
Sep 14, 2014 - 7:41 PM - by xcel
“With a relatively small vehicle population and rapidly growing, young middle class, India is expected to become one of the world’s three largest markets by 2020.”
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 14, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra riding inside GM India’s first export heading to Chile.

Barra visited India on a fact-finding mission where she met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and key automotive and political stakeholders across the country.

To date, GM has invested approximately $1 billion in India with 2 manufacturing facilities, Talegaon and Halol. The two combined can produce more than 280,000 vehicles per year... [Read More]
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Ford UK Produces 3-Millionth Turbo Diesel – Not One For The U.S.
Sep 14, 2014 - 1:03 PM - by xcel
A turbo diesel enthusiasts take anyway?
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 14, 2014

2015 Ford Fiesta EcoDiesel – 71.3 mpgUS combined on the NEDC (maybe 55 MPG on our own EPA) using their advanced turbo diesel with Start/Stop inside.

Late last week Ford’s three-millionth UK-built turbo diesel engine rolled off the line at the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing center at Dagenham.

Turbo diesel engines have been built at the Dagenham Diesel Center for a variety of Ford and other manufacturer’s models since production began in May 2007.

According to Ford, Dagenham builds more than 30,000 turbo diesel engines... [Read More]
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A LEAF by Any Other Name Is Still a LEAF
Sep 13, 2014 - 1:26 PM - by xcel
Meet the Venucia e30.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 12, 2014

Venucia “e30” – $43,655 USD to start in China. 84 miles All-Electric Range per our own EPA given it uses the LEAF drivetrain. 108 miles on whatever test cycle the Chinese use.

The Venucia “e30” is a LEAF with a different nose and interior. It is powered by a Li-Ion “lithium manganese” battery, a permanent magnet synchronous motor and advanced electronic control system. It has a top speed up to 89 mph and a range of 84/108 miles (EPA and Chinese test cycle(s)) from full to flat.

The 24kWh pack can be... [Read More]
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93-Mile Range 2015 Kia Soul EV Priced at $33,700 to Start
Sep 11, 2014 - 11:16 AM - by xcel
With $2,500 Calif. Tax rebate to reduce the state tax to just a few hundred $s and $7,500 Fed_TC, $23,700 + and HOV_lane access is not too bad.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 11, 2014

2015 Kia Soul EV - $33,700 with a lease price of $249 per month 249 per month for 36 months with $1,999 down is pretty good. The 93 mile all-electric range (AER) is even better.

A few minutes ago Kia announced pricing for its all-electric Kia Soul EV.

Available in two trims, base and + (Plus), the 2015 Soul EV MSRP begins at $33,700 for the Base and $35,700 for the Plus.

The lease for the base trim is $249 per month. According to Kia’s, the... [Read More]
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All-New Mazda2 in Japan Pre-orders Begin
Sep 11, 2014 - 12:35 AM - by xcel
With the 1.5L TD that we will probably never see.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 11, 2014

2015 Mazda2 1.5L SKYACTIV-D Detailed.

Mazda has just begun taking pre-orders for its all-new Mazda2 (known as Demio in Japan) at dealers across the island nation.

The company expects to sell at least 5,000/month with sales for the gasoline engine front-wheel drive (FWD) model scheduled to start on Sept. 26, and Oct. 23 for the diesel... [Read More]
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AT&T 4G LTE Mobile Share In The 2015 Audi A3
Sep 10, 2014 - 3:11 PM - by xcel
Wi-Fi from your smartphone phone is still less expensive but far less convenient.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 10, 2014

Audi Connect.

Audi Connect is an on-board source for information about traffic, weather, directions and more, featuring Google Earth satellite imagery, Google Voice local search, social media integration and a secure, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices. That last feature just received an upgrade.

This morning Audi of America announced they have negotiated with AT&T to provide owners of 2015 A3, S3 and Q3 models equipped with Audi Connect (optional on Premium Plus and standard on Prestige trims) the option of adding their connected... [Read More]
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Audi August 2014 Sales Up 22.1% with 17,101 Vehicles Sold
Sep 09, 2014 - 9:21 AM - by xcel
Of the majors, Audi’s August Sales expansion ranks #1.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 3, 2014

2015 Audi FWD A3 TDI - $32,600 to start + D&H and a 31/43 mpgUS city/highway for the hyper efficient 2.0L TDI.

The all-new 2015 S3, A3 Cabriolet, and more importantly the A3 TDI Sedan are the latest models to join the recently launched Audi A3 family. The 1.8T and 2.0T were initially launched in April and have done a lot to reestablish the A3 as an Audi compact ready to take on all comers.

The all-new 2015 Audi A3 model line-up includes standard leather seating surfaces, power panoramic roof, Bluetooth with streaming audio, SiriusXM, HD... [Read More]
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Mercedes-Benz August 2014 Sales Up 9.4% with 30,292 Vehicles Sold
Sep 09, 2014 - 7:37 AM - by xcel
Europe’s most iconic automaker continues its sales winning ways,
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 3, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 - $40,830 incl. D&H to start and sporting a 24/33 mpgUS city/highway rating. For over the road driving, I would not be out of line in stating this is one of the two most fuel efficient SUV/CUVs available in all of North America given our experience in the E250 Bluetec earlier this year.

For the 2015 MY, GLK250 BlueTEC 4MATIC is supposed to carry on with the 2.1L I4 turbo diesel engine (200 hp/369 lb-ft) and 19” 5-triple-spoke wheels, However the 2015 MY GLK250 Bluetec is not yet listed on the EPA website.
... [Read More]
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Mazda August 2014 Sales Up 11.4% with 31,305 Vehicles Sold
Sep 08, 2014 - 1:54 PM - by xcel
The CX-5 may soon be Mazda’s biggest seller if it continues to experience sales results like August.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 3, 2014

2015 Mazda CX-5 with the 6-speed MT - $22,375 to start incl. D&H while offering up a segment leading 26/35 mpgUS city/highway.

Not only can it be coaxed to beyond 60 mpg when pushed, it is bringing the Mazda corporation back in the U.S. in one heck of a big hurry.

Mazda 2014 Sales Overview

Mazda reported its best August sales result in 12 years with 31,305 vehicles sold, up 11.4 percent compared to August of 2013.

Year-to-date sales of 216,973... [Read More]
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BMW August 2014 Sales Up 5.5% with 32,220 Vehicles Sold
Sep 08, 2014 - 12:12 PM - by xcel
BMW strength overshadows Minis weakness.

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 3, 2014

“Eyes Everywhere”

BMW of North America is introducing a new campaign called BMW Innovations, which will highlight how the range of BMW vehicles share several key technology features with the visionary BMW i8 PHEV. The BMW i8, stands for innovation built upon BMW’s storied history.

Beginning September 1, 2014, BMW will debut three new national television spots detailing how the brands advanced technology within the BMW i8 transfer to the BMW family. All three spots... [Read More]
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VW August 2014 Sales Down 12.8% with 35,181 Vehicles Sold + 15 Jetta TDI First Drive
Sep 08, 2014 - 10:13 AM - by xcel
I would not mind one sitting in my drive!
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 3, 2014

2015 Volkswagen Jetta (SEL shown) with the 2.0L TDI – S TDI with the 6-speed stick starts at $21,640 while offering a 31/46 mpgUS city/highway rating.

The S TDI with the 6-speed DSG starts at $22,740 and sports a 31/45 mpgUS city/highway rating.

We have reported on its arrival a number of times over the past year and it is now just weeks away. The Jetta, VW’s number one-selling car and one of the most successful sedans globally with more than 14 million vehicles sold... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,039 Views
Subaru August 2014 Sales Up 22.4% with 50,246 Vehicles Sold + Dominick Infante
Sep 07, 2014 - 6:24 PM - by xcel
Forester and Outback sell in droves.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 3, 2014

2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i - $25,745 to start while offering a 25/33 mpgUS city/highway rating.

At the 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) this past April, Subaru introduced the all-new fifth generation 2015 Outback. For 2015, the Outback is larger, more capable, safer, and the most fuel efficient Outback ever.

The 2015 Outback is equipped with a 175 hp 2.5L i4 in Standard, Premium and Limited trims.

The 2015 Outback now includes a standard X-Mode, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist to augment its Symmetrical AWD.

All... [Read More]
7 Replies | 825 Views
Kia August 2014 Sales Up 5.1% with 54,667 Vehicles Sold + Optima Hybrid Review
Sep 07, 2014 - 2:52 PM - by xcel
Aging Optima and all-new Soul continue to power the company to another record sales result.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG – Sept. 3, 2014

2014 Kia Optima Hybrid LX - $26,910 to start incl. mats, D&H and a 36/40/38 mpgUS city/highway/combined rating awaits its owners. The EX with its larger 17 in. alloys and 126 pounds of extra weight see EPA estimates fall by 1 mpg across the board while adding an additional $6k to the MSRP.

It was just over 3-years ago when we set out in a 2011 Optima Hybrid and set a 48-State Guinness World Record. And for the second time in a month, a fully loaded 2014 Optima Hybrid EX is sitting in the drive awaiting a... [Read More]
8 Replies | 1,171 Views
Hyundai August 2014 Sales Up 5.9% with 70,003 Vehicles Sold + 15 Elantra Overview
Sep 06, 2014 - 8:02 PM - by xcel
Best August in company history.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 3, 2014

2015 Hyundai Elantra SE with a 6-speed MT - $18,185 to start incl. mats, D&H while sporting a 27/37/31 mpg US city/highway/combined rating. Add $1,000 for 1 mpg across the board when equipped with the 6-speed AT. It arrived with new features, packaging updates and even better value.

The 2015 Elantra will be offered with additional packaging options and updated colors. The Elantra Sport with the 2.0L GDI receives a new optional Tech Package, while Elantra SE adds a new Style Package offering savings adding up to $400 in value. Similarly, the Limited Ultimate Package offers $350 in savings over the... [Read More]
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