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  • Mix Shifts, But April U.S. Fuel Economy Remains at Record Level

    Mix Shifts, But April U.S. Fuel Economy Remains at Record Level

    by John Sousanis, WardsAuto.com, May 10 2013 The average fuel economy of light vehicles delivered in April matched the record set in March of 24.3 mpg (9.7 L/100 km) on the WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index, a 0.8% increase over year-ago and a 16% gain on the base rating established in fourth-quarter 2007. The monthly score remained the same despite significant shifts in segment splits in the market, including a continued shift from cars to trucks. Read more…

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  • ‘Micro-hybrids’ are the next big thing for fuel-efficient vehicles

    ‘Micro-hybrids’ are the next big thing for fuel-efficient vehicles

    by Jim Harger, MLive.com, May 9 2013 HOLLAND, MI – In the future, your new car may have a “micro-hybrid” powertrain instead of the hybrid or electric powertrains on the market today, says MaryAnn Wright, vice president of technology and innovation for Johnson Controls Inc. Power Solutions. That’s good news for West Michigan because the lithium ion batteries for that micro-hybrid will be made at Johnson Control’s advanced battery plant in Holland, Wright said at a gathering sponsored by Lakeshore Advantage, a Holland […]

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  • Auto Maker Fuel Economy, Emissions Improvements on Track

    Auto Maker Fuel Economy, Emissions Improvements on Track

    by James Amend, WardsAuto.com, April 29, 2013 U.S. auto makers made record mileage and carbon-dioxide-emissions improvements in model-year ’12 and appear on track to meeting first-year targets in the industry’s march toward new federally mandated levels of fuel efficiency… Read more

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  • GM, Ford team up on transmission development

    GM, Ford team up on transmission development

    by Melissa Burden and Karl Henkel, Detroit News April 15, 2013 Crosstown rivals General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. said today they have signed an agreement to jointly develop advanced nine-speed and 10-speed transmissions, a move that likely will save each company hundreds of millions of dollars and meet competitors’ offerings faster. “Ten-speeds put them ahead,” said Jim Hall, analyst at 2953 Analytics LLP, in a telephone interview. “People now are working on eights and nines. Tens are on […]

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  • Obama budget boosts funding, tax credit for electric cars

    Obama budget boosts funding, tax credit for electric cars

    by Antony Ingram, Christian Science Monitor, April 14 2013 President Barack Obamahas said he wants to boost the Department of Energy’svehicleresearch budget 75 percent to help develop more efficient cars. In his 2014 budget proposal to Congress on Wednesday, Obama proposes $575 million extra for research, and afurther $2 billion trust fundto help research into getting off foreign oil in the next ten years. Read more…

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  • New Cars Sold Average Fuel Economy Sets Record For 3rd Consecutive Month

    New Cars Sold Average Fuel Economy Sets Record For 3rd Consecutive Month

    by Philippe Crowe, HybridCars.com, April 11, 2013 TrueCar announced today that fuel economy numbers from March light vehicle sales indicate the average increased to 23.7 mpg. This is the third consecutive month average fuel economy records have been achieved by the industry. Read more…  

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