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Automakers exceed U.S. fuel-economy rules for 2nd straight year, EPA says

11:04 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Automakers exceeded their targets for improving fuel economy and tailpipe emissions by "a wide margin" for the second year in a row, the EPA said. Vehicles sold in the U.S. are on average the most fuel efficient they've ever been, averaging 24.1 mpg in 2013, a 0.5 mpg increase from the previous year....
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U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy slips 0.2 mpg in February, report says

3:47 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. decreased 0.2 mpg last month from January, likely because of severe weather in much of the country, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

Japan’s largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg....
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EPA tweaks fuel economy test to improve accuracy of mpg labels

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

The EPA today issued updated procedures for a critical part of fuel economy testing that some automakers have struggled with in the last two years. The update covers how automakers should calculate road load values in coast down tests, which measure the rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag of vehicles as they glide from 70 mph to a stop on a straight, flat track....
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U.S. fuel economy improves for first time since August, report shows

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US improved last month for the first time since August, increasing 0.3 mpg, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Ram 1500's highway mpg rises to 29

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015

Ram has added a bit more daylight between the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Ford's redesigned lightweight F-150 in the highway fuel economy race....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Ford F-150 mpg for 2015 is a mixed bag

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014

In round one of aluminum vs. diesel, diesel wins. Ford's new F-150 failed to knock off the pickup fuel economy champ, the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel....
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Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29%

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014

Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model....
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Hyundai, Kia agree to $350M U.S. settlement over inflated mileage claims

10:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

Hyundai and Kia have agreed to a settlement worth more than $350 million to end the government's two-year investigation into the inflated fuel economy ratings of some 1.2 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles....
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BMW to lower mpg ratings on 4 Mini Cooper models

11:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014

BMW is lowering the estimated fuel economy labels on four 2014 Mini Cooper models after tests by the EPA, the agency said today. The EPA completed a fuel economy audit on the Mini Cooper and found actual mpg lower than the figures BMW submitted for certification, a statement said....
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EPA plans more scrutiny of mpg tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014

The EPA is preparing to tighten its oversight of fuel economy testing and reporting this year in an effort to align the ratings on vehicles' stickers more closely with their real-world capability. A key area of focus will be the agency's "coast-down" test, which has been the source of mistakes that prompted Hyundai, Kia, Ford and Mercedes-Benz to relabel several models since 2012....
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Fiat Chrysler lags rivals in EPA's mpg report

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014

The automaker that launched a Dodge this year that can burn up to 1.5 gallons of gasoline a minute finished last in the government's annual report on fuel economy gains. Yet Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vows that it will meet tough corporate average fuel economy goals in the coming years....
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Mileage march on schedule, EPA says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014

Don't read too much into the slowdown in fuel economy gains, regulators say. The pace should quicken again with the spread of more potent gas-saving technologies....
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Technology propels fuel economy average to record 24.1 mpg, EPA says

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014

The average fuel economy of cars and light trucks, driven by wider use of technology, rose to a record 24.1 mpg in the 2013 model year, though the pace of improvement slowed. Fuel economy will average 24.2 mpg across the industry for 2014 models, the EPA estimated, but cautioned the final figure will likely be revised higher....
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Mercedes-Benz rewarded with EPA credits for adopting start-stop

8:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014

Mercedes-Benz will get extra credit on U.S. fuel economy standards for putting start-stop systems in its luxury cars -- but not as much as the automaker had hoped....
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Mercedes to lower mpg ratings on some C-class sedans

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

Mercedes-Benz will lower the fuel economy ratings of some late-model C-class sedans after an audit by federal regulators found errors in mpg testing by the automaker....
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Chrysler to hike output of Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014

Chrysler Group, struggling to keep pace with demand for one of its newest products, plans to boost output of light-duty Ram pickups equipped with diesel engines. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will account for 20 percent of the light-duty Ram pickup's annual production volume, up from 10 percent now, Chrysler said today, without giving details....
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Fuel economy of new vehicles bought hits all-time high

5:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014

The fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. during August hit an all-time high, a University of Michigan report said Thursday....
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2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon rated at 21 mpg, GM says

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014

General Motors' new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups will have a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg, better than its midsize rivals but barely edging some bigger trucks....
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1st brand with 30 mpg pickup wins, Hegbloom says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014

Engineers are not satisfied with the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel's 28 mpg EPA highway rating and are gunning for 30 -- and eventually higher....
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Leaked stickers suggest a thirstier 2015 Ford Mustang as weight creeps up

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014

Adding independent rear suspension, numerous electronic safety features and other items raised the weight and lowered the fuel economy of several models of the rebuilt 2015 Ford Mustang, according to window stickers leaked on the Internet today....
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Chrysler's Ram pickup may stick with steel through 2020, report says

7:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014

Chrysler Group is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals GM and Ford in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters....
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Jaguar touts aluminum features on upcoming XE

12:35 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014

Jaguar Land Rover is touting the aluminum features on its upcoming Jaguar XE sedan, promising it will be the most fuel efficient vehicle in brand history....
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Ford's new F-150 takes aim at Ram's highway mpg crown

3:51 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014

Ford hopes to regain fuel economy bragging rights in big pickups by offering a special “SFE” package on the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. The Super Fuel Economy package -- or SFE -- will be available on XL and XLT models. It will be powered by the company's newest engine: a lightweight and compact 2.7-liter twin turbo V-6 equipped with stop-start....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Maybe the EPA should just hire Consumer Reports for mpg ratings

10:10 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014

Maybe the federal government should adopt Consumer Reports as a model for fuel economy testing. Or just outsource the task to the magazine....
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