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Toyota Produces a 44% Thermally Efficient Turbo Diesel
Jun 21, 2015 - 10:13 AM - by xcel
And not meant for North American consumption... Again.

Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 21, 2015

One of these days we will receive a TD from the Big T that is 15 percent more fuel efficient with 25 percent more maximum torque too. Just not today.

Toyota's newly developed direct-injection turbo diesel engines raise the bar with the world's very first use of Thermo Swing Wall Insulation Technology (TSWIN) making the all-new 175 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque 2.8L one of the most thermally efficient in existence. Up to 44 percent according to Toyota. Despite... [Read More]
12 Replies | 1,489 Views
2016 Malibu – Larger, Lighter, Stronger and Safer
Jun 21, 2015 - 8:36 AM - by xcel
GMs first truly competitive mid-size offering in decades is coming at us with an approximate 300-lb weight reduction.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 21, 2015

2016 Malibu Hybrid – Pricing TBA while offering a 48/45/47 mpgUS city/highway/combined rating. Just 3,100 pounds for the non-hybrid.

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedans quest to be more fuel efficient, stronger and safer. As in nearly 300 pounds lighter than the current model that improves efficiency, ride and handling.

Here are five of the most noteworthy mass-saving achievements:

1. Leaner, stronger body structure - More than a third of the... [Read More]
7 Replies | 1,142 Views
Slow sales cause Honda to scrub natural gas, hybrid Civics
Jun 16, 2015 - 8:32 AM - by ALS
The changes come as Honda pivots toward an expanded fuel-cell strategy with a new model set to launch in 2016.
Greg Migliore - AUTOBLOG - June 16, 2015

Honda will kill off the Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas models at the end of the 2015 model year as part of a massive product overhaul, a top executive said Monday in Detroit.

The moves come in response to consumer preferences as the Japanese automaker prepares to launch the 10th generation of the Civic later this year, said John Mendel, executive vice president, American Honda Motor Co.

"These moves will allow greater focus on Civic's sporty... [Read More]
11 Replies | 1,455 Views
First OEM Offering Googles Android Auto Is Hyundai
May 31, 2015 - 11:43 PM - by xcel
From the LA Auto Show demo and subsequent Auto Shows and first drives since, Android Auto is a kick @$$ infotainment system.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 31, 2015

Android Auto in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata.

Earlier this week Hyundai became the first car company to launch Android Auto within its production vehicles. Android Auto is premiering on the 2015 Sonata with Navigation at dealerships nationwide and later on other Hyundai models.

At any given moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held... [Read More]
0 Replies | 2,966 Views
5,000,000 3.0L, 3.2L and 3.6L Pentastar V6s and Counting
May 31, 2015 - 10:48 PM - by xcel
Best engine Chrysler has ever made and offered for sure.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 31, 2015

2015 RAM 1500 with the award winning 3.6L Pentastar V6 mated to the excellent 8-speed AT – $27,885 to start including D&H while offering owners a 17/25 mpgUS city/highway rating.

Of all the full sized gasoline fueled pickup trucks I have driven, this is the most fuel efficient. Especially with the std. 3.21 rear ratio. Now let’s talk about the V6 Pentastar family.

The FCA US workhorse just happens to be the Pentastar V-6 engine family which just surpassed the 5 million unit mark earlier this month.

... [Read More]
0 Replies | 2,492 Views
Ford Allowing Competitors to Use Its Electrified Vehicle Patents for a Fee
May 31, 2015 - 9:26 PM - by xcel
Ford’s portfolio of electrified vehicle patents open to competitive automakers in order to accelerate industry-wide R&D.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 31, 2015

2015 Ford C-MAX Energi - $32,595 to start incl. D&H while offering owners a 19-mile AER and a 40/36 mpgUS city/highway rating in charge sustaining mode when off the plug.

Ford is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents.

According to the release, in 2014, Ford filed more than 400 patents dedicated to electrified vehicle technologies. This is more than 20 percent of the patents the company filed – totaling more than 2,000... [Read More]
0 Replies | 2,232 Views
GM Joins the Apple CarPlay and Android Audio Tsunami
May 31, 2015 - 8:19 PM - by xcel
Like Hyundai, GM is set to provide an infotainment solution from Apple and Google that works better than the rest.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 31, 2015

Apple CarPlay in use.

With more than 2.3 billion smartphones in use around the world and rising, auto buyers are demanding better integration between their phones and their vehicles. Whether they have an Apple or Android phone, Chevrolet will provide to its future customers the smartest, simplest connected driving experience possible.

For the 2016 model year, Chevrolet will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to more models than any automotive brand. The 14... [Read More]
1 Reply | 2,353 Views
Have To Take A Leak While On The Road? Toyota’s got Your Back
May 31, 2015 - 7:30 PM - by xcel
At least in Japan they do.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 31, 2015

During the Shell Dual-Fuel Charger drive, this Rest Area in MS was one of the nicest. What if you knew about the full complement of facilities before you got there?

So you are on a road trip and you need to stop to take a leak. Normally you bring up Google and ask for nearest Rest Area. But what if you have special needs? Toyota had an idea that would be cool to have here. Let’s hope it expands…

For wheelchair... [Read More]
4 Replies | 2,394 Views
2015 Audi A3 Quattro Review
May 26, 2015 - 4:45 PM - by cliff leppke
A touchpad with launch control.
Cliff Lepke – CleanMPG – May 25, 2015

2015 Audi A3 quattro AWD with the 2.0L TSFI - $34,095 to start incl. D&H while offering owners a 24/33 mpgUS city/highway rating.

Once upon a time, the Audi story focused on the affordable Fox (80). Today, the newly-minted A3 is the four-ring brand's starter car. This automotive appetizer--a compact sedan--borrows VW's latest Golf toolbox. That's a shift. Back in the 70s, it was Audi’s parent company (VW) flattered itself by selling the Dasher (Passat)--a Fox fastback. In a flash, VW went modern with Audi’s water-cooled, overhead cam engines and... [Read More]
10 Replies | 3,093 Views
Garmin Essential Series nüvi 57 LM First Use
May 26, 2015 - 1:11 AM - by xcel
Garmin keeps stepping up its game placing far more expensive and permanently embedded OEM units in the trash heap.

Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 25, 2015

Garmin nüvi 57 LM – Retails at $149.99 with online pricing right there.

The Garmin nüvi Essential Series promotional video is just that. It is real world use and action make it a stand out.

As some here know, in just a few short weeks from now, CleanMPG is going to attempt to set another 48-State Lowest Fuel Consumption Guinness World Record in a 2015 VW Golf TDI S with the 6-speed MT.
... [Read More]
8 Replies | 2,993 Views
2016 BYD E6 Will Get Bigger Battery & Longer Range
May 24, 2015 - 5:38 PM - by ALS
Marketed at an aggressive $48,000 off the dealership lot, local and national incentives could bring the price down to just $35,000 in many parts of China.
Christopher Demorro - CLEANTECHNICA - May 24, 2015

Earlier this year, the Chinese electric car invasion quietly began with a pilot program in Chicago, where Uber drivers were offered a chance to test out the BYD E6. The 60 kWh battery pack provides up to 186 miles/300 km of driving range per charge, but for 2016 the BYD E6 will get a bigger battery that will let it go up to 250 miles/400 km between charge, reports Electric Vehicle News. That’s nearly as far as the Tesla Model S, but for a lot less money.... ... [Read More]
1 Reply | 2,592 Views
This kitchen table uses no electricity to regulate the temperature of your apartment
May 20, 2015 - 3:00 PM - by ALS
The table is essentially working like a “thermal sponge,” as Lagrange and Ménard put it, sucking up excess heat and then releasing it once the room becomes cool enough.
Megan Willett - YAHOO - May 20. 2015

Consisting simply of a surface and legs, the table is one piece of furniture that has remained largely the same for thousands of years.

But now, a French design duo has come up with a way to turn the humble table into a means of climate control that doesn't use any electricity.

Paris-based industrial designer Jean-Sébastien Lagrange teamed up with French engineer Raphaël Ménard to create the Zero Energy... [Read More]
2 Replies | 2,916 Views
The 3 Amigos And Their Magnificent Gliding Machines
May 19, 2015 - 7:39 PM - by rhwinger
Ladies and Gentleman, start your engines!!!
Bob Winger, Mike Sefton. Wayne Gerdes, Enfran Films and Autoblogtv - AUTOBLOG - May 19, 2015

Wayne, Mike and Bob's Excellent Adventure --Ed.

Car Club USA heads to Los Angeles for the CleanMPG Northwest Rally, where a group of like-minded hypermiling enthusiasts led by Wayne Gerdes attempts to drive from Los Angeles, CA, to Bend, OR, on one tank of fuel.

For this challenge, Wayne tapped some of the most accomplished hypermilers in the world, including Guinness World Record holder Bob Winger and Mike Sefton, "the most fuel efficient driver in all of Canada." It doesn't take long for the... [Read More]
21 Replies | 3,264 Views
VW and the Apple Watch
May 12, 2015 - 12:13 AM - by xcel
Remotely lock/unlock doors; check fuel level or charge status; set up speed and boundary alerts plus more.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 12, 2015

VW Car-Net shows “Where’s my car?” on the new Apple Watch.

VW announced that its Car-Net platform for the Apple smartphone will now allow Apple Watch users close to the same functionality. The Apple Watch app will be available for all VW Car-Net enabled vehicles worldwide.

The Car-Net app for Apple Watch will allow VW customers to control a number of features and functions available through the Car-Net mobile app directly from their wrist. Owners can remotely lock and unlock doors,... [Read More]
0 Replies | 3,911 Views
2016 Ford F-150 CNG
May 11, 2015 - 12:50 PM - by xcel
Cleaner and domestically sourced fuel. Probably not the lowest cost solution over the short term but could make sense over a longer one.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 11, 2015

This is kind of Bad @$$.

The 2016 Ford F-150 equipped with the 5.0L V8 can be ordered with a $315 CNG prep option, making it the only light-duty pickup capable of running on compressed natural gas or propane. The full CNG/propane upfit costs $7,500 to $9,500 depending on fuel tank capacity.

Since 2009, the company said they have sold more than 57,000 vehicles CNG... [Read More]
2 Replies | 3,925 Views
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