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  • Fuel-efficient cars: Achieving 54.5 mpg by 2025

    Fuel-efficient cars: Achieving 54.5 mpg by 2025

    by Casey Williams Special to Tribune Newspapers November 10, 2012 There are two ways to import less oil: Pump more or reduce use. Since 1975, when the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards were set by the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency, the goal has been to do at least as much of the latter as the former. When standards were being implemented, averages were below 13-mpg. By law, they ramped up to 27.5-mpg in 1985, leading to […]

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  • Ford stays flexible with small cars plant

    Ford stays flexible with small cars plant

    by Karl Henkel The Detroit News November 9, 2012 Wayne ‚Äî Ford Motor Co.’s retooled and flexible Michigan Assembly Plant will test the company’s small-car sales forecasting abilities as the automaker mixes production of five different small cars with four different powertrains… About 5,170 workers on three shifts build the gasoline-powered Focus and Focus ST, an electric Focus, a C-Max Hybrid and most recently, a C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. Read more…

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  • The path to 54.5 MPG need not be painful

    The path to 54.5 MPG need not be painful

    by Phyllis Cuttino Guest Opinion The Detroit News October 26, 2012 Carmakers in Detroit and beyond deserve high praise for making remarkable progress against a persistent challenge in the automobile age: how to squeeze more power from less fuel. Today’s array of smart, fast, safe and fuel-efficient cars of various sizes save consumers money at the pump, reduce our dependence on the volatile global oil market, cut tailpipe pollution, and raise the bar on technology innovation and competitive success across […]

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  • Industry buys into fuel economy rules

    Industry buys into fuel economy rules

    by Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press October 21, 2012 The U.S. government has set tough fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, and Detroit’s automakers couldn’t be happier. What mad world is this? The famously balky industry that once swore people could never afford cars with crazy technology like air bags has taken a leap of faith in its ability to invent and innovate. “They’re aggressive standards, but the industry wouldn’t have bought in if they weren’t achievable,” said Chris […]

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  • The Composite Technology of Fuel Efficiency

    The Composite Technology of Fuel Efficiency

    by Travis Hessman Industry Week October 17, 2012 The gauntlet has been dropped. The White House has doubled-down on its drive for fuel efficiency, setting a new 54.5 miles per gallon standard for cars and light trucks by 2025. This means combustion, electric and hybrid vehicles are now primed for a decade-long war to see which technology can best meet the challenge. Read more…

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  • Higher vehicle fuel efficiency standards will save money at the pump, create jobs

    Higher vehicle fuel efficiency standards will save money at the pump, create jobs

    by Michael Bolton MLIVE Guest Commentary October 8, 2012 Michael Bolton, director of United Steelworkers District 2, explores the adopted standards impact on Michigan. Gas prices go up, we feel the pinch on our wallets, but we’re quick to forget it as soon as they drop again. It’s that short-term memory that unfortunately has influenced our attitudes on fuel efficiency in the past. Longer term relief is in sight, as the administration ushers in higher standards that will help drivers […]

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