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  • New Gas Mileage Rules Will Reshape What Americans Drive: Engines And Transmissions

    New Gas Mileage Rules Will Reshape What Americans Drive: Engines And Transmissions

    by John Voelker, Green Car Reports, June 18 2013 Smaller, more efficient engines better matched to more complex transmissions will have some of the biggest effects in making tomorrow’s cars more fuel-efficient. The 2025 corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) level of 54.5 mpg translates to about 42 mpg on the EPA window sticker. Read more…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Detroit 3 research group targets next-gen hybrid, EV batteries

    Detroit 3 research group targets next-gen hybrid, EV batteries

    by Adam Rubenfire, Automotive News, May 15 2013 With the U.S. Department of Energy’s help, a research group managed by the Detroit 3 is launching a drive to speed development of next-generation battery technologies for hybrids and electric vehicles, the department said today. The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium will coordinate r&d and explore more efficient and cost-effective technologies for energy storage in vehicles. Read more

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  • Onshoring EV Components: Motors, Batteries for Advanced Vehicles Now Made in USA

    Onshoring EV Components: Motors, Batteries for Advanced Vehicles Now Made in USA

    by Roger Kerson, May 8, 2013 Two years ago, reports EV World, the land next to GM’s White Marsh transmission plant just north of Baltimore was an open, grassy field. Today, it’s the site of the first plant in the U.S. built specifically to supply electric motors for electric vehicles.  The new 110,000 square-foot facility will supply the motors to power the Chevy Spark, a low-volume model that will go on sale later this summer in California and Oregon. The [...]

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