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  • Testing Turbos for Fuel Economy: Did Consumer Reports Compare Apples to Oranges?

    Testing Turbos for Fuel Economy: Did Consumer Reports Compare Apples to Oranges?

    Driving Growth looks at the numbers and talks to the experts to assess recent claims by Consumer Reports that small turbocharged engines are not delivering on fuel economy.

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  • U.S. Fuel Economy Continues Record-Breaking Surge

    U.S. Fuel Economy Continues Record-Breaking Surge

    GM Lays Out Plans to Save 12 Billion Gallons of Fuel by 2017, The fuel economy of the U.S. vehicle fleet continues to increase at a record-breaking pace in 2013 – and U.S. automakers are laying plans for continued improvements which will reduce fuel consumption by billions of gallons over the next five years.

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  • “A Huge Success Story” Fuel-efficient engines and transmissions boost jobs in Ohio and Indiana

    “A Huge Success Story” Fuel-efficient engines and transmissions boost jobs in Ohio and Indiana

    “When I took this job in 2008,” says Mike Gammella, president of UAW Local 1250 in Brook Park, Ohio, “we had the foundry announced to be closed, and Engine Plant #1 had 66 people. It looked like we were vanishing.” But instead of vanishing, Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant #1 is now gaining $200 million in new investment, hundreds of new jobs, and a hot-selling new engine: the 2.0 liter EcoBoost, which powers several Ford vehicles and up until now has [...]

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  • Memo from Detroit Auto Show:  “We’re hiring!”

    Memo from Detroit Auto Show: “We’re hiring!”

    Even during the darkest days of the U.S. auto industry, when industry giants GM and Chrysler faced bankruptcy in 2009 and threatened to take hundreds of supplier firms with them, the Detroit Auto Show was still a place to see innovative car designs and the latest in automotive technology. Back then, however, the Motor City’s annual celebration of its hometown industry wasn’t much of a place to go job-hunting. Four years later, it’s a different story.

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  • Less is more: Institute Sees Strong Future for Lightweight Steel

    Less is more: Institute Sees Strong Future for Lightweight Steel

    I was surprised when I drove by a large billboard alongside I-94 the other day with a slogan that appeared to be pointed directly at me: “54.5 by 2025.” I did a double-take: Did DrivingGrowth.org start buying billboards ‚Äì but nobody told me? Is the Obama administration touting its new fuel economy standards via outdoor advertising?

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  • 2013 Could be a Record Breaker for Fuel Efficiency and Electric Vehicles

    2013 Could be a Record Breaker for Fuel Efficiency and Electric Vehicles

    Looking forward to 2013, I see good news for new car buyers. Showrooms will have an unprecedented number of fuel-efficient models of both the gasoline and electric varieties. Plug-in electric vehicles are set to reach new records for sales and fleet average fuel economy will be at all-time high levels.

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