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  • GM says its EcoTec3 V-6 engine in 2014 Silverado, Sierra pickups will get 18/24 mpg

    GM says its EcoTec3 V-6 engine in 2014 Silverado, Sierra pickups will get 18/24 mpg

    by Melissa Burden, Detroit News, June 19th 2013 General Motors Co. said Wednesday that its EcoTec3 V-6 engine, one of three engines that will power its revamped 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, will achieve an Environmental Protection Agency rated 18 miles per gallon city and 24 highway for two-wheel drive models. The combined mileage is 20. GM says its rating matches the 18 mpg city that the Ram 1500 HFE model achieves. Read more…

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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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  • NEMPA/MIT Conference Looks at Fuel Economy and Vehicle Weight

    NEMPA/MIT Conference Looks at Fuel Economy and Vehicle Weight

    by Jamie Page Deaton, U.S. News and World Report, May 14 2013 The challenge of balancing vehicle weight with fuel economy was the central topic at a New England Motor Press Association and Massachusetts Institute of Technology conference last Thursday. Panelists representing auto manufacturers, academia and government affairs spoke about the impact of increased fuel economy standards on new car construction, materials and price… Read more

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  • US fuel economy push could lift platinum demand

    US fuel economy push could lift platinum demand

    Reuters May 13, 2013 NEW YORK: A push by the United States to improve fuel efficiency could spur demand for platinum catalytic converters from leading car producers for diesel-powered vehicles, an executive of platinum specialist refiner Johnson Matthey said… The “Big Three” American automakers, General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, are pressing to meet a government requirement for average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon (23.2 km per liter) by 2025, almost doubling the current [...]

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  • Fuel rules drive move to light vehicles

    Fuel rules drive move to light vehicles

    by Melissa Burden and David Shepardson The Detroit News April 24, 2013 Automakers are turning to lighter materials and innovative engineering to build cars that weigh less. Reducing the weight of cars is every bit as important as developing gas-thrifty engines, as automakers try to meet government standards of 54.5 miles per gallon across their fleets by 2025. Read more…

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  • New hires, not layoffs: Fuel Standards Drive Investment and Jobs in Ohio

    New hires, not layoffs: Fuel Standards Drive Investment and Jobs in Ohio

    “We’re hiring people, not laying them off. And it’s because of the CAFE standards.” –Dave Green, President of UAW Local 1714 (Lordstown, OH)

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