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  • New SUVs use different methods for efficiency

    New SUVs use different methods for efficiency

    by Dave Kunz, KABC, June 17 2013 LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Carmakers are trying to lure sport-utility vehicle buyers with the latest technology that promises to be more fuel-efficient. Some of the newest models can travel much longer without gassing up. The Mercedes-Benz GLK got a mild makeover last year, and it just got one under the hood as well. You can now choose a clean diesel engine for Mercedes’ smallest SUV. Read more…

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  • How higher fuel economy standards will save you money

    How higher fuel economy standards will save you money

    Consumer Reports, June 13 2013 Consumers who buy the fuel-efficient new cars that will roll out to meet tough new fuel economy standards will save thousands of dollars over the life of the vehicles, according to a new report released today by Consumer Reports. Fuel savings will more than offset any additional price increase for the new technology required to meet the more stringent standards. Safety and fuel economy have improved simultaneously, and the new standards will not impact safety. [...]

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  • Why this tiny Ford engine is a very big deal in the automotive world

    Why this tiny Ford engine is a very big deal in the automotive world

    by Jeremy Cato, Globe and Mail — June 12, 2013 Canadians who want to drive the car with the best engine in the world won’t need to twiddle their thumbs much longer – fall at the latest. Sorry for the wait. At least you’ll be able to afford it. The price tag fits Canadian budgets for a simple reason: the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine captivating gearheads worldwide will first be sold here in the Ford Fiesta subcompact. Price: much less than [...]

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  • Making the Case for Fuel-Efficient Tires

    Making the Case for Fuel-Efficient Tires

    by Jim Park, TruckingInfo.com June 2013 You get 30% less tread on some fuel-efficient tires, they cost 15% less up front and they run fewer miles to take-off, but does the money saved on fuel because of the lower rolling resistance make up for the shorter overall life? Many fleets are struggling with that question today. The answer is often anything but clear. But don’t be too quick to blame the tires. Read more…

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  • American auto industry on verge of hiring spree

    American auto industry on verge of hiring spree

    by Tom Krisher, Associated Press — June 9  2013 The auto industry is about to go on a hiring spree as car makers and parts suppliers race to find engineers, technicians and factory workers to build the next generation of vehicles. The new employees will be part of a larger, busier workforce. From coast to coast, the industry is in top gear. Factories are operating at about 95% of capacity, and many are already running three shifts. As a result, [...]

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  • Toyota’s Indiana plant jobs exceed projection

    Toyota’s Indiana plant jobs exceed projection

    Indianapolis Star June 5, 2013 Toyota Indiana says its $4.2 billion Princeton plant will soon hire 90 employees as the company ramps up production of its new Highlander SUV. The jobs announcement Tuesday reflects 46 more hires than expected when the company announced in February a $400 million expansion of its Gibson County plant to accommodate increased Highlander production, a news release said… The plant also will produce the next-generation Highlanders, as well as a hybrid version of the SUV [...]

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