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  • Industry analysts: ‘Sweet spot’ for car buyers is now

    Industry analysts: ‘Sweet spot’ for car buyers is now

    by Karl Henkel The Detroit News May 30, 2013 The current generation of vehicles is more fuel-efficient than the last. Engines pack a more powerful punch in a smaller package. And car loans can be stretched as long as eight years. It’s a great time to buy a car, industry analysts say, especially when considering what you’ll get for the money in the not-so-distant future. The next generation of cars and trucks will weigh less, but cost more — and [...]

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  • Chrysler poised to win 9-speed transmission race

    Chrysler poised to win 9-speed transmission race

    by Brent Snavely Detroit Free Press May 29, 2013 The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is on track to be the first light vehicle in the world with a nine-speed transmission — beating Land Rover, which boasted in March at the Geneva Motor Show that it would be first to market with the technology. Automakers are pushing to add speeds to their transmissions because it improves fuel economy by shifting gears more efficiently. A transmission with more gears allows the engine to [...]

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  • GM: 2014 Cruze diesel brings power, fuel efficiency to Chevrolet

    GM: 2014 Cruze diesel brings power, fuel efficiency to Chevrolet

    by Michael Wayland, MLIVE.com, May 24 2013 PLYMOUTH, MI- The 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel is now on sale in the U.S., ushering in a powerful return for Chevrolet to the diesel marketplace. The vehicle is the most powerful, yet fuel-efficient, Cruze ever produced by General Motors Co. for the U.S. lineup. Read more…

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  • Green Army: The tactical truck that can achieve 72 per cent better fuel economy for our troops

    Green Army: The tactical truck that can achieve 72 per cent better fuel economy for our troops

    by Danny Hewitt MotorTrades Insight May 23, 2013 Armies across the world could soon be going green, after an analysis of a defense vehicle project has ‘proven’ techniques for reducing fuel consumption, according to Ricardo. After two years of on-the-ground testing, the Ricardo-engineered Fuel-Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) has proven to be as good as the simulation models projected. The analysis released today proves that when compared to the US military’s regularly outfitted M1151 HMMWV, the FED experienced a 72 [...]

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  • Innovative Interior Materials Can Cut Vehicle Weight, Experts Say

    Innovative Interior Materials Can Cut Vehicle Weight, Experts Say

    by Byron Pope WardsAuto May 22, 2013 DEARBORN, MI – Auto makers looking to take weight out of the vehicle to meet looming government-mandated fuel-economy regulations should look to new technological innovations in vehicle interiors, industry experts say at the 2013 WardsAuto Interiors Conference here. Utilizing new advanced materials is one way to shave weight, but it’s imperative that the new materials are as safe, durable and cost-efficient as the ones they replace, says Robert Eller, president of consultancy Robert [...]

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  • More than 100,000 electric vehicles now on the roads in U.S.

    More than 100,000 electric vehicles now on the roads in U.S.

    by John Upton Grist May 21, 2013 America passed a milestone on Monday, according to electric-vehicle advocacy group Plug-In America. That’s when the 100,000th EV was sold in the U.S., the group estimates… Read more…

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