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Mercedes-Benz Sets New Turbo Diesel Pikes Peak Climb Record
Jul 26, 2015 - 6:42 PM - by xcel
This small displacement turbo diesel proves it is more than just efficient…
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 26, 2015

At this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Mercedes-Benz set a new record for turbo diesel powered automobiles in a close to production C 250 d 4MATIC. The C 250 d completed the 12.4-mile-long climb beginning at 9,390 feet and concluding at the mountain's 14,110 summit while climbing an average 7 percent grade in just 11 minutes and 22 seconds.

The 150 turns, switchbacks and steep grade put the C 250 d 4MATIC 's suspension and powertrain through its paces.

On a personal note, we had an... [Read More]
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2015 VW Golf SportWagen TDI Review
Jul 26, 2015 - 12:08 PM - by xcel
Turbo Diesel, check. Wagon, check. 6-speed stick, check.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 26, 2015

Meet the 2015 VW Golf SportWagen TDI parked along the Pacific Coast near Malibu. Starting at $24,595, it provides owners an easy to achieve 31/43 mpgUS city/highway rating.

2015 VW Golf SportWagen Overview

At the opening of the Detroit Auto Show in January, the all-new 7th generation VW Golf family was named the 2015 North American Car(s) of the Year by 57 esteemed North American Car and Truck of the Year jurors from automotive media across the U.S. and Canada.

Following up on that achievement, the... [Read More]
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It's Official, Mitsubishi To End Production in the United States
Jul 25, 2015 - 8:28 AM - by ALS
Mitsubishi has been seeing better sales this year. Through the first half of the year, it sold 49,544 vehicles, up 24.9%,
Al S. - CleanMPG - July 25, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today that Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) a wholly owned subsidiary of MMC in the United States, is preparing to end production of its sole production model "Outlander Sport" at its Normal, IL plant at the end of November 2015 and its production will be consolidated in Okazaki plant in Japan, pending a final decision by the MMC Board of Directors on July 30.

MMNA will be making efforts to identify a buyer with the help from UAW.

Mitsubishi... [Read More]
1 Reply | 481 Views
Driving in the Heat This Summer? Ford’s got an Answer for That
Jul 24, 2015 - 2:52 PM - by xcel
Keeping cool while saving fuel is easier than you might think.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 24, 2015

One of many 100+ degree days during the 2015 VW Golf TDI 48-State Guinness World Record drive.

According to NOAA, the summer of 2014 was officially the hottest summer on record since modern instrumentation recording began more than 130 years ago, according to the latest state of the climate report from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.

The combined average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces for August 2014 was record high for the month, at 0.75°C (1.35°F) above the 20th century average... [Read More]
4 Replies | 732 Views
Refreshed 2016 Honda Accord Arrives With New Look, New Tech and More Safety
Jul 24, 2015 - 2:20 AM - by xcel
I was told in no uncertain terms that the Hybrid will follow.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 24, 2015

2016 Honda Accord – Pricing and EPA TBA.

Late this afternoon Honda released details and images of their refreshed 2016 Accord Sedan and Coupe. Both receive a number of significant changes including new exterior and interior styling, a new Display Audio touchscreen interface, plus Honda’s Sensing safety suite and driver-assist technologies. The 2016 Accord also adds HD Radio, heated rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, and additional new features that Honda said would be revealed in coming weeks. 2016 Honda Accord Hybrid details... [Read More]
11 Replies | 819 Views
"Frugal Engineering" For the Future
Jul 23, 2015 - 2:52 PM - by xcel
“Rising demand, especially in emerging markets, will require companies to come up with creative solutions to limit the impact on the world's resources.”

Carlos Ghosn - Nissan - May 22, 2015

The Renault KWID.

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn writes about his thoughts on the future of personal, transportation in a natural resource limited future.

One of the key growth strategies at the Renault-Nissan Alliance is to build appealing, fuel-efficient vehicles engineered and designed specifically for the high-potential, new-car markets around the world.

While recently these... [Read More]
1 Reply | 657 Views
Hyundai Inks NFL Deal
Jul 23, 2015 - 10:16 AM - by xcel
Hyundai’s marketing push ramps up yet again.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 1, 2015

Hyundai has a long history of celebrating sports fan passion across the globe. Its latest endeavor sees the company as an official automotive sponsor of the National Football League. The NFL has the largest fan base among U.S. sports.

As part of the new sponsorship, Hyundai will have use of NFL trademarks across various marketing channels, including branded content, advertising and promotional materials. The NFL has become a year-round sport and Hyundai will have access to some of the biggest events including the Super Bowl, NFL Combine,... [Read More]
0 Replies | 537 Views
500,000th Passat Built in Chattanooga
Jul 22, 2015 - 9:05 PM - by xcel
A World Record Holder and renowned product offering reaches a milestone in Tennessee.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 22, 2015

Volkswagen today announced that its Platinum LEED certified manufacturing facility in Chattanooga has achieved a significant production milestone with the completion of its 500,000th Passat.

The car was a Candy White Limited Edition, with black interior, keyless access with pushbutton start, a rearview camera, heated seats, a 170 hp, 1.8L direct injected and turbocharged engine, premium radio and 17 inch alloys.

Volkswagen Chattanooga is currently undertaking a $900 million expansion to add an all-new 7-passenger SUV second to... [Read More]
3 Replies | 696 Views
Ford’s Advanced Headlamp Idea
Jul 20, 2015 - 11:50 PM - by xcel
Great idea out of Germany although I suspect the US DOT will probably get in the way.

Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 17, 2015

Prototype headlamps provide a picture of the road ahead not available today.

Driving at night across much of the wide open Midwest and West can be a nerve-wracking experience thanks to the unpredictable nature of animals. To combat that anxiety, Ford is prototyping new lighting technologies that will enable drivers to more easily identify hazards, including pedestrians, cyclists and especially animals.

According to the... [Read More]
1 Reply | 914 Views
Chrysler’s Uconnect Gets Even Better
Jul 19, 2015 - 9:15 AM - by xcel
One of the best infotainment systems on the market receives upgrades making it faster and even easier to use.

Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 19, 2015

FCA US vehicles arriving with a Uconnect system provide drivers with a range of available communication, navigation and entertainment features or connected services.

For 2016, Uconnect is introducing new features that include the all-new Drag and Drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free, Do Not Disturb, SiriusXM Tune Start and a Vehicle User Guide that can be viewed via the 8.4-inch touchscreen.

Drag and... [Read More]
2 Replies | 980 Views
Audi May and June 2015 Sales Up 11.0 and 8.3% Respectively
Jul 18, 2015 - 5:27 PM - by xcel
Award winning A3 sales momentum continues.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 5, 2015

Audi May Sales Overview

Audi achieves second best month for U.S. sales with 11% gain in May 2015

Audi sold 18,428 vehicles in May, an increase of 11.0 percent over the 16,601 sold in May of 2014. Year to date, the Brand of Four Rings sold 75,353 vehicles, up 11.7 percent over the 67,482 sold through the same period of 2014.

May was the second-best month since the brand entered the U.S. market in 1970. May was also the 53rd consecutive month of record U.S. Audi sales.

Audi’s A3 sales continue to increase. May was best sales month on record... [Read More]
0 Replies | 924 Views
VW May and June 2015 Sales Up 8.1% and 5.6% Respectively
Jul 18, 2015 - 1:44 PM - by xcel
The is gaining a foothold thanks to the all-new Golf.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 5, 2015

VW May Sales Overview

Volkswagen reported May sales of 34,758 vehicles, up 8.1 percent over the 32,163 sold in May of 2014. Most of the brands increase came with the introduction of the all-new and multiple award winning Golf. VW sold 6,308 vehicles, up 252 percent over the 1,793 sold in May of 2014. It was the models best May sales results since 2000.

TDI Clean Diesel models accounted for 22.7 percent of sales in May – the highest TDI Mix since August 2014.

The e-Golf delivered 410 units for the month, its best sales month since its release.

... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,052 Views
Subaru May and June 2015 Sales Up 12.2 and 7.2% Respectively
Jul 18, 2015 - 9:42 AM - by xcel
Product, marketing or PR. Anyway you cut it, Subaru continues to roll!
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 5, 2015

Subaru May Sales Overview

Subaru reported another record sales result in May 2015 by selling 49,561 vehicles, a 12.2 percent gain over May of 2014s 44,170 sold. This was its 42nd consecutive month of year over year sales increases. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 228,083 vehicles, a 16 percent gain over the 196,641 sold through the same period in 2014.

May marked the 15th consecutive month of 40,000+ vehicle sales for the company. Forester – up 7.2 percent on sales of 15,157, Outback – up 6.4 percent on sales of 12,384, and XV Crosstrek –... [Read More]
0 Replies | 1,048 Views
Kia May and June 2015 Sales Up 3.9 and 6.9% Respectively
Jul 18, 2015 - 12:26 AM - by xcel
All-new Sedona continues to make inroads.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 5, 2015

Kia May Sales Overview

Kia achieved its all-time best monthly sales of 62,433 vehicles in May, marking the second time Kia has surpassed 60,000 units in a single month. These sales results were led by the new Sedona minivan (+556 percent) and Forte (+19.3 percent).

Kia June Sales Overview

Kia sells more than 300,000 vehicles in the first 6-months for the first time in company history.

After setting an all-time monthly sales record in May, the Kia sales push continued with best-ever June sales of 54,137 vehicles, capping off the greatest first-half... [Read More]
0 Replies | 969 Views
Hyundai May and June 2015 Sales Down 10.3% and Flat Respectively
Jul 17, 2015 - 11:53 PM - by xcel
Elantra powers sales in May and June. Sonata Hybrid is doing extremely well while consumers wait for the all-new larger and more efficient 2nd gen.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 5, 2015

Hyundai May Sales Overview

Hyundai reported May sales of 63,610 units, down 10.3 percent compared with its record-setting month of May 2014 when 70,907 Hyundai’s reached new drives. Year-to-date sales of 303,648 vehicles was up 2.2 percent over the 297,027 sold through May of 2014.

Elantra was the true highlight with 23,432 vehicles sold, up 7.2... [Read More]
2 Replies | 990 Views
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