Why fuel economy faces law of diminishing returns

3:02 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
In economics, it's known as the law of diminishing returns, the shrinking benefit you get when you pour ever-increasing resources toward achieving a singular goal. The DOE showed a good mathematical example of the principle today with a graphic it released about the consumer benefits of fuel economy....
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Ford, GM take opposite routes to engine fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are using radically different strategies to raise the fuel economy of their thirstiest vehicles: trucks and performance cars. Ford, with its EcoBoost turbocharging technology, makes a small engine act big. GM, with its Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation system, makes a big engine act small....
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10 ways the 1973 oil embargo changed the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Oct. 17 is the 40th anniversary of the first Arab oil embargo, which launched the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and fundamentally changed the auto industry. Some of the changes really kicked in after the so-called second oil crisis of 1979, but it all started 40 years ago....
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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....
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EVs will change everything

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Improved vehicle quality is forcing dealers to focus on maintenance....
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Tesla profits could be challenged by Calif. credit-rule change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
A pending rule change by the California Air Resources Board could limit Tesla Motors' ability to earn money by selling zero-emissions credits -- a key factor in the company's first-quarter profit. The agency is evaluating whether to eliminate the "fast-refueling" rule that allows electric vehicles with quick-swap batteries to gain bonus credits under CARB's regulations....
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Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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