Tier 3 emissions standards: Costs must be shared

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
New EPA regulations unveiled last week will go a long way toward improving U.S. air quality. This is an important stage in the country's long climb toward cleaner air.... Read More »


EPA orders clampdown on tailpipe emissions

11:41 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
In the Obama administration's latest push to clean up the new-car fleet and deal with America's lingering air pollution problems, the EPA today finalized stricter tailpipe emissions standards that will get ramp up from 2017 to 2025.... Read More »


U.S. plans new caps on sulfur in gasoline to cut tailpipe emissions, smog

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to unveil new regulations on Monday to lower the sulfur content of gasoline in order to reduce automotive tailpipe emissions and smog levels, people familiar with the agency's deliberations told Bloomberg.... Read More »


Obama: Big trucks need higher mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Before President Obama leaves office, he wants to make sure the largest trucks on U.S. roads keep getting more fuel efficient into the 2020s.... Read More »



The mad truck dash to 30 mpg on highway and pickup gold

4:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2014
If you thought the pickup wars -- manufacturers' ongoing offensive to top each other with towing and payload increases and an ever-expanding array of luxury features -- couldn't get any more intense, you are dead wrong.... Read More »



Automakers set to receive EPA anti-smog mandate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Rarely does the auto industry want the government to speed up new regulatory mandates.... Read More »


EPA chief cheers mpg efforts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is convinced carmakers are trying about as hard as they can to improve fuel economy.... Read More »



EPA chief gives automakers 'A' for fuel economy effort

4:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Car companies are fiercely competing for better fuel economy. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is convinced they're trying about as hard as they can.... Read More »



EPA: Today's fuel-efficient vehicles can still pull their weight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
A recent report by the EPA shows that cars were just about as powerful and heavy as ever in the 2013 model year, the first year of the federal corporate average fuel economy standards that double to a nominal average of 54.5 mpg in the 2025 model year.... Read More »


Automakers' switch to new refrigerant will accelerate with EPA credits, European mandate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
Auto companies are moving quickly to adopt the 1234yf refrigerant, despite its higher costs and a safety scare that raised concerns about possible toxic leaks. Regulators like it because it leads to lower greenhouse gas emissions than the chemical used in most vehicles today, which is called R134A.... Read More »


EPA says fuel economy of 2012 models sold in U.S. hit record 23.6 mpg

4:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2013
Higher sales of vehicles with smaller engines, gasoline-electric hybrids and diesel powertrains helped boost the average fuel economy of 2012 new vehicles sold in the United States 1.2 mpg to 23.6 mpg, an all-time high, according to the EPA’s Trends Report issued today.... Read More »


Renewable fuel backers try to change EPA's mind at hearing

2:12 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2013
Supporters of the renewable fuels industry turned out en masse on Thursday, desperate for the federal government to change course after last month announcing a plan to lower the amount of biofuels that must be added to the fuel supply in 2014.... Read More »


Average new-vehicle mileage up to 24.8 mpg

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2013
The average fuel economy of new U.S. trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in November rose in 0.1 mpg from October, to 24.8 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »


EPA: Nothing final on change in fuel blend as ethanol backer cries foul

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2013
The EPA on Friday sought to calm a furor over its apparent proposal to reduce ethanol use in gasoline next year, saying that no final decisions had been made about the contentious mandate.... Read More »


New-vehicle fuel economy slips 0.3 mpg in September from August, study says

11:48 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2013
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in September fell 0.3 mpg from August, to 24.6 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »



EPA exec: Industry ahead of schedule on mpg goals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2013
Christopher Grundler, director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality at the EPA, was promoted last year at a pivotal time. Fuel economy has become a fiercely competitive battleground as consumers demand more efficient cars and the Obama administration's new standards start to ramp up to a nominal average of 54.5 mpg by 2025.... Read More »


EPA says automakers' test drivers can be too good

11:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2013
Car companies warn car buyers that their fuel economy will vary in the real world. The numbers vary in the laboratory, too, says the top auto regulator at the EPA -- and he's warning automakers to mind the gap.... Read More »


EPA to go public with results of vehicle mpg audits

1:21 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2013
After cracking down on Hyundai, Kia and Ford, the EPA is preparing to shine a more public spotlight on automakers' fuel economy claims. This fall, the agency plans to release the results of industrywide audits that included tests on more than 20 car and light-truck models this year, said Christopher Grundler, head of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, in an interview last week.... Read More »


Timeline: Automakers and the EPA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Ford's restatement of fuel-economy figures for the C-Max caps a series of efforts in recent years to sort out discrepancies between EPA ratings and real-world vehicle fuel economy.... Read More »


'Your mileage may vary'; here's why

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
New-car buyers place a lot of faith in the EPA's fuel economy numbers on the window sticker -- only to find out later that the vehicle doesn't meet them. That's the conflict behind the standard industry disclaimer, "Your mileage may vary."... Read More »



C-Max deception: A gross violation of customers' trust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
The EPA estimates on window stickers have long been a sort of gentleman's agreement among manufacturers, regulators and consumers. They are estimates, after all, a comparative tool, and not intended as absolute numbers. But Ford's approach to the C-Max Hybrid's ratings was a gross violation of that covenant and an insult to consumers.... Read More »



Paradox at Ford: Profits are soaring as problems mount

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2013
MyFord Touch. Lincoln MKZ. C-Max. All were heavily promoted as innovative products that would help Ford Motor Co. pull customers from rivals and cement the company's position as a technology leader. Instead, each has come back to bite the automaker.... Read More »



Flawed rules, mpg rivalry set the stage for C-Max episode

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2013
Car companies are competing fiercely to fill showrooms with the most fuel-efficient vehicles possible, knowing that a mile or two per gallon could make or break a new model. And in some cases the most potent solution for them lies within the arcane rules of federal fuel economy standards.... Read More »


Why hybrids often deliver lower mpg than advertised

4:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2013
Many drivers of gasoline-electric hybrids never see their real-world fuel economy match the numbers on the EPA window sticker. Because of hybrids' complex powertrains and other factors, the gap between real-world fuel economy and the window label is often greater than it is with vehicles powered by conventional gasoline or diesel engines.... Read More »


Ford lowers fuel economy rating on C-Max hybrid 8.5% to 43 mpg

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2013
Ford will reduce the stated fuel-economy rating of its C-Max Hybrid car to 43 mpg -- a rare and potentially costly move that Ford spent months feverishly working to avoid.... Read More »


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