Diagnosing An Idle Issue Without An Engine Light or Error Code, Pt 3
In this final segment of this series, we'll look at the PCV and EGR systems and how they can negatively affect your idle. In our first part, we looked at air intake. In the second part, fuel injection. In this part, we'll look at some accessories that can be affecting the fuel:air mixture.
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10 hours ago
Diagnosing An Idle Issue Without An Engine Light or Error Code, Pt 2
In the first part of this series on idle issues, we focused on air intake. The other half of the fuel:air equation is the fuel. We started with air because it's both more common and easier to diagnose and fix. Fuel, especially in most modern engines with fuel injection, can be trickier.
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10 hours ago
Diagnosing An Idle Issue Without An Engine Light or Error Code, Pt 1
Most idle problems, such as rough idle, the engine cutting out at idle, or idling too fast, are problems with the fuel: air mixture. Finding the problem causing that mixture issue can be difficult, especially on modern engines with sophisticated fuel injection systems that are made to trip sensors and give codes when a fault occurs. When no codes are set, it can get confusing.
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12 hours ago
Review: 2016 Hyundai Tucson drives like a Euro sedan
Hyundai completely revamped the Tucson for the 2016 model year and improvements have been made at every point. With a new engine, a new dual-clutch transmission, and a much-improved interior experience, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is more like a Euro sedan than it is a crossover.
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yesterday
Porsche Cayenne Diesel, E-Hybrid get the Platinum treatment
Porsche is offering a new Platinum Edition for the Cayenne Diesel and Cayenne S E-Hybrid models. This package adds several appearance upgrades, interior comfort additions, and safety technologies. The package will be globally available.
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yesterday
Adding silicon-sulfur into 3D graphene makes for game-changing battery potential
Researchers in China believe they're cracked the code on the elusive lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery. Using three-dimensional (3D) graphene, the Beihang University researchers structured Li-S in such a way that they show high, real-world potential on both the cathode and anode sides.
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yesterday
Carla Cargo trailer gives your bike (or body) serious electric muscle
More than just cutesy front baskets and simple rear racks, bicycle cargo hauling has become serious business. Joining big-load tools like the Velove Armadillo, the German-designed Carla Cargo electric bicycle trailer upgrades your bike for loads up to 330 lb (150 kg) and 53 cu ft (1.5 cu m). Not only can it power those loads behind your bike, but it also unhitches and rolls as a powered hand truck.
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yesterday
2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is Family-friendly Efficiency
The Highlander Hybrid builds on the excellent family ergonomics of the standard Highlander and adds fuel-sipping economy to the mix. With seating for seven, plenty of cargo room, and a balanced, well-mannered ride, the big Highlander Hybrid may be the perfect family hauler.
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2 days ago
Green Car Congress: Germany pumping €1B into plug-in vehicle subsidies, infrastructure; base price cap of €60K
The German government will put approximately €1 billion (US$1.1 billion) into subsidies for plug-in vehicles and the supporting charging infrastructure, beginning next month.
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2 days ago
Green Car Congress: SAE technical experts: fuel cell technology has advanced significantly, FC vehicle production has begun, further cost reductions & infrastructure development required
Wrapping up the track on the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure held at the 2016 SAE World Congress (earlier post), a panel of technical experts agreed that while significant progress has been made with the technology, and while the first generation of consumer-available fuel cell vehicles is now being sold in parts of the US, there are still challenges to overcome with respect to the cost of the technology and the build-out of a supporting hydrogen refueling infrastructure.
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2 days ago
Green Car Congress: Alliance AutoGas launches 5300-mile, 12-city Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride with converted F-150
Supported by partners, Clean City Coalitions and corporate sponsors, Alliance AutoGas is embarking on a 5300+ mile, 12-city, cross-country road trip—the Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride—with its record-setting propane autogas F-150. The event is being hosted by the Metropolitan Energy Center/Kansas City Regional Clean Cities in conjunction with Veolia/Kansas City Transportation Group and Alliance AutoGas.
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2 days ago
Tula cuts cylinders to boost fuel economy
Cylinder deactivation is nothing new, it's been used in the automotive industry for decades. A new system called Dynamic Skiip Fire from Tula Technologies takes this idea to a new level, however, with significant fuel economy gains as a result – especially in heavy-duty applications.
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2 days ago
2016 BMW MINI Cooper Clubman is Practical Fun
Fully redesigned for 2016, the Cooper Clubman has new underpinnings, a new drivetrain, more interior space, and less of what makes it a Mini. The quirky nature of the MINI lineup is there, but the Clubman sheds some of the driving fun in favor of more practicality.
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3 days ago
Volvo's autonomous driving trial will be UK's "most ambitious"
Having announced what it calls China's "most advanced autonomous driving experiment" earlier this month, Volvo has now revealed plans for the UK's most ambitious autonomous driving trial as well. Drive Me London will see real families driving autonomous cars on public roads.
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3 days ago
VW shows a high-tech SUV future with T-Prime Concept GTE
After a quick teaser earlier this month, Volkswagen has revealed the all-new T-Prime Concept GTE, a high-tech concept car that previews a premium full-size SUV. No contentious diesel engine here, the T-Prime is powered by a 375 gas-electric hybrid powertrain. Inside, the driver is treated to a "world of displays" and digital controls. If the future of Volkswagen SUVs looks like this, we're looking forward to experiencing it.
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4 days ago
Graphene-based ultracapacitors give trucks a boost of acceleration
At the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK, French transportation technology developer Adgero will unveil a curtainsider semi-trailer fitted with a regenerative braking system that utilizes ultracapacitors to provide a boost of acceleration. The kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) is designed to provide a 25 percent cut in fuel usage and carbon emissions.
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4 days ago
Green Car Congress: Volkswagen unveils T-Prime Concept GTE AWD plug-in hybrid SUV at Auto China 2016
Volkswagen unveiled the T-Prime Concept GTE all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid in a world premiere at Auto China 2016 in Beijing. The concept fulls-size SUV previews the future Volkswagen SUV.
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4 days ago
Review: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offers surprisingly good efficiency
Toyota has taken many of its best-selling vehicles and turned them into efficient hybrids. These have then grabbed significant sales shares. The latest electrified introduction is the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid, which rides in on a mid-cycle refresh for the crossover.
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5 days ago
Cruzing the countryside: A day out in Chevrolet's redesigned compact sedan
The countryside around Nashville, Tennessee, is criss-crossed by wonderful country highways with twisting bends and rolling hills that really showcase what a car can do, which is why Chevrolet invited us there to experience the redesigned 2016 Cruze.
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5 days ago
Green Car Congress: Utah Transits Authority adding 5 battery-electric New Flyer buses to fleet
UTA and the University of Utah received a $5.4-million Low-No grant from the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to purchase five New Flyer battery-electric buses. (Earlier post.) Three of these will be used on route 2 in Salt Lake City and two that will serve the University of Utah campus (also in Salt Lake City).
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6 days ago
Green Car Congress: Toyota to launch two new plug-in hybrid models in China; Corolla and Levin
On the eve of the 2016 Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, Toyota announced that it will launch plug-in hybrid versions of the Corolla and Levin—two mass-market models, both of which have conventional hybrid variants—in China during 2018.
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6 days ago
2016 BMW X1 Keeps the Fun, Adds Space
The BMW X1 was completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, resulting in a taller, wider, and far roomier crossover versus its predecessor. When the X1 was introduced, the compact luxury crossover segment was new territory. Now it contains a lot of competition and BMW has reacted with a much more segment-conscious offering.
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7 days ago
Green Car Congress: Daimler starts deliveries of Mercedes-Benz Li-ion energy storage units for private homes
Daimler AG has commenced deliveries of Mercedes-Benz stationary energy storage units (earlier post) for use in private homes. The lithium-ion batteries are being manufactured by the Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE and distributed through selected sales partners and partner companies.
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7 days ago
Green Car Congress: Cal Energy Commission hosting technology merit review workshop on EV charging infrastructure project
The California Energy Commission will host a workshop Monday, 25 April, in which executives from four companies including ChargePoint and Green Charge Networks, two non-profits, one municipal utility district and one state agency will discuss the successes and challenges of developing electric vehicle charging technology in California.
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7 days ago
Volvo aiming to sell one million electric vehicles by 2025
Volvo has doubled down on electrification. It previously stated intentions of offering plug-in hybrid variants of every model, and it's been following through with the likes of the new S90 sedan and V90 wagon. It only plans to get more aggressive with electrification in the coming years, announcing this week that it hopes to sell up to one million electrified vehicles (all-electric and plug-in hybrid models), in total, by 2025. It will work toward that goal by creating two plug-in variants of every model and introducing its first fully electric car in 2019.
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8 days ago
Honda to offer Clarity in fuel cell, electric and hybrid models
Why build a green car when you can start a whole family? We just watched Hyundai use that strategy with the IONIQ lineup of hybrids and electrics, and now Honda is following suit. It's already revealed the Clarity Fuel Cell, and it announced today that it will add a Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid in 2017. Honda is the first to offer these three powertrain options on a single model platform, giving green car shoppers a few new cars to consider.
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8 days ago
Honda Accord Hybrid gets more power but uses less fuel
Having just announced a hybrid version of its Clarity model, Honda has reworked the hybrid version of its Accord. Even though it's got more power than its predecessor, the new Accord Hybrid uses less fuel, and has been treated to a modest refresh in the looks department, too.
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8 days ago
Shell unveils 89-mpg Project M concept city car
Shell is perhaps best known for producing what goes into cars, rather than cars themselves. Now,the firm has taken the wraps off the Project M car. A vehicle that's claimed will use a third less energy in its lifetime than a typical city car and around half the energy to build and run than a typical small family car.
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8 days ago
2016 BMW X1 - iSeeCars.com
The 2016 BMW X1 is completely new for this model year. The new X1 is based, surprisingly, on the BMW MINI Cooper rather than the previous-generation's 3 Series roots. This has meant that the X1 gains a lighter feel, better performance, and more spacious use of its interior versus the previous generation. All good improvements for this compact crossover.
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8 days ago
2016 Mini Cooper Clubman - iSeeCars.com
The MINI Cooper is an icon of British motoring that still plies the roads today, although in a more modern form and under a German nameplate. The 2016 MINI Cooper Clubman has been completely redesigned from its preceding generation, becoming much bigger as a result. The new Clubman is a full ten inches longer and three inches wider than the MINI Cooper coupe, so the design is now well beyond the limo stretch that marked the Clubman model before.
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8 days ago
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid - iSeeCars.com
For the 2016 model year, Toyota gave a refresh to the RAV4 lineup of crossovers. One surprise addition was the RAV4 Hybrid, however, which leaps ahead of the pack with its high fuel economy and relatively few tradeoffs to achieve that. This is a surprisingly good hybrid from the company that most of us now associate with hybrid powertrains.
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8 days ago
2016 Toyota Sienna - iSeeCars.com
The minivan as a tool for toting large numbers of people around efficiently has been around for a long time and while many may believe that the segment is dying, sales numbers show that it's a steady market full of well-heeled buyers. Competition in this segment is fierce, though small. Among the competitors, though, the Sienna remains a favorite for its balance of economy and solidity while offering some of the best ergonomics and convenience to be found.
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8 days ago
2016 Volvo XC60
When it comes to luxury vehicles that the family will approve of, there are few choices quite as obvious as Volvo. Especially if you want to keep some kind of interest behind the wheel. Even in the crossover realm, the Swedes have managed to keep things pleasingly tuned without losing fuel efficiency or practicality. The 2016 Volvo XC60 really illustrates that.
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8 days ago
Green Car Congress: Honda to add battery-electric, plug-in hybrid variants to Clarity platform; new 2017 Accord Hybrid
Honda announced that the upcoming Clarity Fuel Cell (earlier post) will be joined by two additional electrified variants, the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, launching in the US in 2017. In addition to the Clarity series, a reengineered 2017 Accord Hybrid will go on-sale this spring. On a global basis, Honda is aiming to have electrified vehicles account for two-thirds of its vehicles sales around 2030.
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8 days ago
Green Car Congress: Edmunds.com: EV and hybrid loyalty falls to all-time low
Only 27.5% of all hybrid and electric vehicle trade-ins in the US in 2016 have been applied to the purchase of another hybrid or EV, according to a new analysis from car shopping destination Edmunds.com. The rate is a sharp drop from the 38.5% of hybrid and EV trade-ins in 2015, and the findings reinforce a trend first identified last year by Edmunds that owners of alt-fuel vehicles are returning to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles in greater numbers than ever before.
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8 days ago
Green Car Congress: Proterra racks up 33 more orders for electric buses through FTA Low-No awards
Proterra, the market leader of zero-emission, battery-electric buses in North America, announced that SEPTA, Foothill Transit and King County Metro will use their Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Grants (Low-No) (earlier post) to purchase 33 Catalyst electric buses and charging infrastructure.
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8 days ago
Green Car Congress: Toyota details design of fuel cell system in Mirai; work on electrode catalysts
While other major automakers have either introduced (Hyundai, Honda) or are in serious development of new hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for the market, Toyota continues to take the point in not just promoting, but also supporting the broader technical (and infrastructure) development required for a large-scale realization of hydrogen-based electromobility.
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10 days ago
Green Car Congress: Paice files complaint against VW Group with ITC alleging hybrid patent infringement
Paice (earlier post), an early developer of hybrid vehicle technology, has filed a complaint against the Volkswagen Group with the US International Trade Commission (ITC). The complaint alleges patent infringement by VW, Audi and Porsche and asks the ITC to issue an exclusion order that would prohibit the companies from importing certain hybrid vehicles, including the VW Jetta Hybrid, Audi A3 e-tron Hybrid, Audi Q5 Hybrid, Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.
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10 days ago
Green Car Congress: Nissan announces record EV fleet sales in Europe in FY2015
Sales of the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 in the fleet market in Europe rose for a fourth consecutive year in fiscal year 2015, up 45% on the previous fiscal year. Nissan sold more than 7,500 LEAFs and e-NV200s to fleet operators and municipalities in Europe, commanding a 28% share of the pure electric fleet market. More than 20,000 Nissan EVs have been sold to fleet customers across Europe since launch.
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10 days ago
Green Car Congress: Study finds total PM10 emissions from EVs equal to those of modern ICEVs; role of weight and non-exhaust PM
A new study by a team from the University of Edinburgh and independent engineering company INNAS BV has found that, when factoring in the additional weight and non-exhaust PM factors, total PM10 emissions from electric vehicles (EVs) are equal to those of modern internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs). Non-exhaust PM factors include tire wear, brake wear, road surface wear and resuspension of road dust.
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10 days ago
Green Car Congress: Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle makes global debut in Shanghai; uses Malibu Hybrid powertrain
The all-new Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) made its global debut at the 2016 Buick Day event in Shanghai, where the award-winning Buick Avista concept was also shown for the first time in China. Both models will be appearing on the Buick stand at Auto China 2016 in Beijing, which begins on 25 April.
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10 days ago
The 2016 Jaguar XF Is The Smaller, Faster Jag Sedan - Guys Gab
When most people think of Jaguar, they think of the big, stately XJ sedan with its beautiful, old world appeal. The XF, which has been completely redesigned for 2016, is the XJ’s smaller sibling. But it uses the same excellent powertrain, resulting in more muscle on the 0-60.
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11 days ago
Hybrid excavator promises big fuel savings
Komatsu has introduced the HB365LC-3, a 36-tonne (39.7-ton) hydraulic hybrid excavator to the European market. Compared to its diesel-only counterpart, the PC360LC-11, the Komatsu Hybrid is 20 percent more fuel efficient.
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12 days ago
Review: A week with the not-so-mini 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman
The full redesign BMW did on the Mini Clubman for 2016 has done a lot to make this more versatile version of the Cooper series a lot more practical in the real world. The Clubman is larger in both girth and length, adding a lot more interior space and improving handling a bit. But there are some losses, most notably in acceleration and the car's driving nature. The Clubman, though, retains enough of the Mini brand's core nature to continue to appeal to Cooper fans who might need more than a tiny coupe.
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12 days ago
Green Car Congress: Audi summarizes electric driving utilization from 4-year Electric Mobility Showcase; 1.4M km for A1 e-tron and A3 Sportback e-tron
Audi gained a wealth of experience from the 1.4 million kilometers (869,919.7 mi) driven as part of the four-year Electric Mobility Showcase in Germany. (Earlier post.) Ahead of the closing conference in Leipzig today, Audi revealed some of the electric driving results for its two models involved: the A1 e-tron prototype and the production A3 Sportback e-tron.
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15 days ago
Green Car Congress: Toyota Motor Europe hybrid sales up 38% in first quarter; 30% hybrid mix
Toyota Motor Europe (TME) reported a 38% increase in its Q1 2016 hybrid sales (Toyota and Lexus brands) versus the same period last year, representing 30% of total sales, compared to 24% for the full calendar year 2015. The Toyota brand hybrids accounted for 59,608 units (+43% year-on-year) for a hybrid mix of 27%; Lexus brand hybrids posted 12,141 units (+15% year-on-year), for a hybrid mix of 67%.
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15 days ago
Green Car Congress: European Transport Ministers sign Amsterdam Declaration on steps for development and harmonization of connected, autonomous driving in Europe
On 14 April, the transport ministers of all 28 EU member states signed the Amsterdam Declaration, laying down agreements on the steps necessary for the development of connected, autonomous driving technology in the EU. The signatories pledge to draw up rules and regulations that will allow autonomous vehicles to be used on the roads.
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15 days ago
Green Car Congress: Study: Combination of active and passive engine-off coasting delivers optimal fuel savings with 48V hybrid systems
A study by Germany-based automotive supplier HELLA found that the combination of active and passive engine-off coasting and recuperation using a 48V mild hybrid system shows the best potential to reduce CO2 emissions for all car segments, with the highest potential in the larger car segments, for both NEDC and WLTP (especially true for real world driving).
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16 days ago
Green Car Congress: SAE World Congress technical track on advances in fuel cell vehicle applications
The 2016 SAE World Congress is again featuring a technical track (PFL 720) on advances in hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technology, followed by a technical expert panel discussion (PFL 799) on the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure. The PFL 720 / 799 sessions are on Thursday, 14 April,  in room 420A, Cobo Hall. During the PFL 720 sessions at last year’s Congress, Toyota presented a set of four technical papers describing some of the technology innovations used in its production fuel cell hybrid electric vehicle Mirai.
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16 days ago
Green Car Congress: Tesla And Other Tech Giants Scramble For Lithium As Prices Double
Demand for lithium—the hottest commodity on the planet and the only commodity to show positive price movement in 2015—is poised to continue on its upward trajectory, becoming the world’s new gasoline and earning the moniker of “White Petroleum”. And the battle for market share in and around this commodity has everyone from major tech players to trend-setting investor gurus vying for a foothold.
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16 days ago
2016 Subaru WRX STI
There are few cars as inherently awesome as the Subaru WRX. The car was literally named after World Rallycross and the special STI has been the embodiment of that sport for years. For the 2016 model year, we test drove the Series HyperBlue edition with a host of fun-time goodies. For reference we also spent a week in the standard WRX edition, just to make sure we knew the differences. You know, for science.
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16 days ago
Green Car Congress: Lexus has sold more than 1M hybrids
Lexus International announced it has sold more than 1 million hybrid vehicles worldwide since the RX 400h went on sale in April 2005. As of the end of March 2016, Lexus had sold approximately 1,000,600 hybrid vehicles in 11 years.
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16 days ago
Green Car Congress: Toyota and Clemson showcase Gen-Z focused EV concept at SAE World Congress
At the 2016 SAE World Congress, Toyota and Clemson University unveiled an innovative, flexible concept called uBox that is intended to appeal to the next generation of car buyers: Gen-Z. Designed, engineered and hand-built by graduate students at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), the vehicle is the result of a two-year collaboration with Toyota Motor North America designers and engineers.
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16 days ago
Green Car Congress: Delphi unveils new 48V mild hybrid system; working with two OEMs toward production within 18 months
Delphi Automotive PLC unveiled a 48-volt mild-hybrid vehicle solution; the company confirmed it is working with two global automakers and could see production within 18 months.
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16 days ago
Tesla Model S gets new face and Bioweapon Defense Mode
Hot on the heels of the Model 3 launch, Tesla has given its Model S a refresh. Having launched a range of updates over the air since the big sedan launched in 2013, this is the first traditional update the electric carmaker has released, and brings some sharp new styling cues, new pricing and extended range. The entry-level Model X has also been updated, with a bigger battery and bigger price to match.
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17 days ago
Toyota reaches out to Gen Z with oddball uBox concept
Generation Z is weird. At least that's the impression we're left with after seeing them through automakers' eyes. Those eyes brought us last year's Nissan Teatro for Dayz concept and now they bring us the Toyota uBox. Designed for Generation Z drivers, the uBox finds a middle ground somewhere between the minivan, SUV and armored truck.
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17 days ago
Daimler electric trucks to deliver cost savings in Stuttgart
As electric cars careen towards the mainstream, the world's truck manufacturers are also working to make the most of battery power to cut local CO2 emissions and running costs. Daimler is attempting to demonstrate the benefits of moving to electric trucks by running four Fuso E-Cell trucks in Stuttgart, where they'll deal with everything from road construction to furniture delivery.
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17 days ago
Green Car Congress: NREL releases study on public sentiments on PEVs
NREL has released a new report presenting the findings of a study on the public’s sentiments regarding plug-in vehicles (PEVs), with a focus on vehicle purchasing behaviors, awareness, and barriers to acceptance.
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18 days ago
Green Car Congress: Ford tests Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicles driving in complete darkness
As part of its LiDAR sensor development, Ford has tested Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicles in complete darkness without headlights on desert roads, demonstrating the capability to perform beyond the limits of human drivers.
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18 days ago
Green Car Congress: CMU county-level study shows plug-ins have larger or smaller lifecycle GHG than gasoline ICE depending on regional factors
A US-wide county-level study comparing lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from several light-duty passenger gasoline and plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) has found that PEVs can have larger or smaller carbon footprints than gasoline vehicles depending on regional factors and the specific vehicle models being compared.
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20 days ago
2016 Nissan Murano Hybrid Gets EPA Fuel Efficiency Ratings - Torque News
The new Murano Hybrid will enter showrooms later this year and has now received official EPA fuel economy ratings. Buyers can expect up to 31 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in town with the new hybrid crossover.
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22 days ago
Spending A Day Getting Dirty In The 2016 Ram Rebel - Guys Gab
Ram Trucks recently called me and asked if I’d like to drive a new 2016 Rebel for a day. Their motive was to quickly expose me to the truck before the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press voted for Truck of the Year.

My thoughts were “All this snow we had yesterday is melting and tomorrow there’ll be a huge mud puddle out there. Hells ya!” So the 2016 Ram Rebel arrived and we got to “work” getting it dirty. Hey, it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it!
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22 days ago
Green Car Congress: Airbus Group and Siemens sign long-term agreement to develop hybrid-electric propulsion systems for aircraft
Airbus Group and Siemens have signed a collaboration agreement in the field of hybrid electric propulsion. In doing so, the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of both companies, Tom Enders and Joe Kaeser, have launched a major joint project towards the electrification of aviation with the goal of demonstrating the technical feasibility of various hybrid/electric propulsion systems by 2020.
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22 days ago
Green Car Congress: SAIC-GM to unveil new Buick LaCrosse hybrid in Shanghai
SAIC-GM will unveil the all-new Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) will be unveiled in Shanghai on 18 April. GM’s joint venture with SAIC will also outline Buick’s vision for green transportation and introduce the award-winning Buick Avista concept for the first time in China.
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22 days ago
Green Car Congress: Williams Advanced Engineering collaborates with Wille on zero-emission multi-function machines
Williams Advanced Engineering will work with Vilakone Oy to create a new zero emission multi-function machine based on the existing Wille 665 platform. Vilakone Oy is Northern Europe’s largest manufacturer of environmental management machinery such as leaf collectors, snow ploughs and city sweepers.
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22 days ago
Green Car Congress: Cummins-led team awarded $4.5M to develop Class 6 PHEV that reduces fuel use by 50%
Cummins Inc. has been awarded a $4.5-million grant from the US Department of Energy to develop a Class 6 commercial plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that can reduce fuel consumption by at least 50% over conventional Class 6 vehicles. (Earlier post.) When fully loaded, Class 6 vehicles weigh between approximately 19,000 and 26,000 pounds; typical examples include school buses or single-axle work trucks.
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22 days ago
Green Car Congress: Tesla Model 3 reservations top 325,000; Tesla projects average price ~$43,000
Tesla Motors reported that Model 3 reservations have topped 325,000, corresponding to about $14 billion in implied future sales (average unit price ~$43,000). Base price is $35,000.
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22 days ago
Turning up the heat on titanium alloy leads to increase in strength
Looking deep inside titanium alloy has allowed researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to manipulate the alignment of atoms and develop the strongest titanium alloy ever made. They believe the new material could be used in the production of lighter and cheaper vehicle components, and lead to the development of other high strength alloys.
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22 days ago
All-weather solar cell design generates electricity come rain or shine
Numerous research efforts have already demonstrated the potential for graphene to improve the efficiency of solar cells. Now a team of researchers in China has leveraged the remarkable properties of the wonder material to develop a new all-weather solar cell design that is able to generate electricity when current solar cells can't – when it's raining.
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22 days ago
Tesla Model 3 preorders exceed 325,000 within the first week
It was one of the most hotly anticipated reveals on the automotive calendar, but even Elon Musk hadn't expected the Tesla Model 3 to be this quick out of the blocks. In the week since it was announced, more than 325,000 people have pre-ordered the electric sedan, amounting to more than US$14 billion in projected sales for a car that Tesla won't even start making until late next year.
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22 days ago
Singapore hails driverless taxis
Autonomous car software designer nuTonomy is looking to bring driverless taxis to the streets of Singapore. Following successful obstacle course tests, the company is in the process of seeking government approval to test its driverless technology on roads in the OneNorth business district, with plans to eventually offer the service at a cost comparable with public transport.
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22 days ago
Autonomous trucks successfully platoon across Europe
In what has been described as a world first, platoons of trucks have crossed national borders to complete the EU Truck Platooning Challenge. Truck platooning uses autonomous driving technologies for two or more trucks to communicate wirelessly and follow in close succession.
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22 days ago
Review: 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum parks itself in the luxury SUV segment
For the 2016 model year, Ford has given the Explorer a few updates in a mid-cycle refresh, including some changes to the exterior, some interior upgrades, added safety features, and the dropping of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine in favor of a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost option. The refresh also sees the addition of a Platinum trim level at the top of the lineup, which spent a week behind the wheel of.
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23 days ago
Green Car Congress: NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 platform to power world’s first robotic motor sports competition
At CES 2016 in January, NVIDIA introduced NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2—its new generation high-performance computing platform for in-vehicle artificial intelligence applied to the complexities inherent in autonomous driving. (Earlier post.) This week, at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference, the company announced that the DRIVE PX 2 platform will be used in the cars that will compete in the Roborace Championship, the first global autonomous motor sports competition.
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24 days ago
Green Car Congress: Tesla Model 3 updates: 276K reservations through Saturday; a few tech details
During an impromptu Twitter AMA (Ask Me Anything) session over the weekend, Elon Musk, Tesla’s Chairman, CEO, chief evangelist and one-man marketing dynamo tweeted that Model 3 reservations were up to 276,000 by the end of Saturday. Musk said he would post another update on Wednesday.
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24 days ago
Roborace previews its autonomous, driverless race car
Believe it or not, autonomous race cars will soon be battling it out on the track. As we reported last year, plans are for the Roborace autonomous racing series to run in conjunction with Formula E, starting in the 2016-17 season. Last week, newly-appointed design chief Daniel Simon, who has a diverse background designing concept cars for both global automakers and Hollywood, released the first look at the driverless Roborace car.
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25 days ago
2016 Jeep Wrangler - iSeeCars.com
The 2016 Jeep Wrangler continues with the legacy of the Jeep brand. As the current rendition of the vehicle that literally began the brand and started the entire "#JeepThing" revolution, the Wrangler carries the torch for a lifestyle and persona that defines a significant part of Americana. Just as World War II and its GIs are associated with the Willey's Jeep of the period, today's Wrangler defines the offroad, outdoors, go-anywhere enthusiast of today. The current Wrangler carries plenty of throwbacks to its origins, but carries forward with modern technology that enthusiasts of the 1950s could only vaguely imagine having.
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27 days ago
Tesla makes its big play for the mainstream with the Model 3
At a special launch event in California, Tesla has finally revealed one of the most anticipated cars of the year, the Model 3. Long known as THE electric car company, Tesla is making a major play for the mass market with an electric car the masses can actually afford. To be priced a tad north of the US$33,500 average US light vehicle price and with a 215-mile (346-km) range, will the Model 3 be the tipping point for the mass acceptance of electric cars?
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28 days ago
New piston skirt coatings promise significant reduction in engine friction
The piston skirt and pin account for about 17 percent of the frictional loss in a combustion engine as they are the most difficult to keep lubricated and have the largest contact surfaces. OE powertrain manufacturer Federal-Mogul has announced two new-generation coatings that are claimed to reduce this friction by up to 15 percent compared to standard coatings.
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28 days ago
Green Car Congress: City of Montreal signs a framework agreement for the purchase of Nissan LEAF EVs for municipal fleet
The City of Montreal, Canada has signed a two-year framework agreement with Cité Nissan Gabriel SEC to supply LEAF EVs for the municipal fleet.
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29 days ago
Green Car Congress: ORNL achieves 90% efficiency with 20 kW wireless charging for vehicles; looking ahead to 50 kW
A 20-kilowatt wireless charging system demonstrated at Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has achieved 90 percent efficiency and at three times the rate of the plug-in systems commonly used for electric vehicles today.
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29 days ago
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