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  • 2013 Cadillac ATS

    Engineers at Cadillac have made much of its segment-leading lightweight construction, tipping the scales at just 3,315 pounds in base 2.5-liter four-cylinder trim. Today, the EPA released its first batch of gas mileage figures that show what the light weight achieves: 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Those are very respectable numbers in the compact luxury sport sedan class, but they're not the best, despite the ATS's light weight. the 2012 BMW 328i rates 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway in 328i/eight-speed automatic trim--while providing 38 more horsepower from its turbo 2.0-liter than the...

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    New White House Petition Seeks To Loosen Vehicle Import Laws

    A petition before the White House seeks to lower the age of vehicle exemption from 25 years to 15 years.

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    New Fuel Economy Measures Likely To Mean More Expensive Cars

    The fuel economy changes proposed by the EPA and NHTSA have been published. While they come with benefits, they'll also increase the price of new cars, starting almost immediately.

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    McLaren MP4-12C Escapes Gas Guzzler Tax, Starts U.S. Delivery January

    Yesterday we learned that McLaren solved a software glitch that had plagued several of its MP4-12C cars delivered to customers overseas. Today we have news that McLaren’s first road-going car since the legendary F1 won’t attract a gas guzzler tax when it hits the U.S. market. Despite...

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    2012 Fisker Karma Only Gets 20 MPG With Range-Extender?

    This week the 2012 Fisker Karma cleared its last hurdle for sale in the U.S., having finally received emission certification and fuel economy ratings from the EPA and thus allowing dealers to begin selling the car. However, the story is not all good. The Karma appears to have fallen short of...

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    Breaking: EPA Mandate Forces Carmakers To Use Only Round Letters For Better MPGs

    In possibly the worst-timed government announcement ever, Lisa P. Jackson, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently holding a press conference in Washington, D.C. to announce a new mandate for carmakers: all non-round letters in any badge, nameplate, or other...

  • 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on a roll of remarkably nonsensical declarations of late, not least of which are the "mpg" ratings for the 2011 Nissan LEAF and 2011 Chevrolet Volt. The latest, and possibly silliest, pronouncement: the 5,771-pound, 453-horsepower V-12 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe is a compact car. How, in the name of all things measurable, did the EPA come to that conclusion? The EPA classes cars not on weight, length, or some other exterior factor, but on interior volume. Even more laughable? The Bentley Continental GTC, at 5,663 pounds and 552 horsepower, is...

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    Bugatti Veyron Voted Worst Environmental Offender By EPA

    Every year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) produces a list of the best and worst cars for fuel efficiency and not surprisingly this year’s worst offender is the 2011 Bugatti Veyron--a car fitted with a quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine displacing no less than 8.0-liters. This...

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    2011 Ford Mustang GT Delivers 412 Horsepower And 26 MPG

    If you thought the fuel economy figures for the 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 were impressive, just wait until you see the numbers being delivered by the Mustang GT’s new 5.0-liter mill. According to the EPA, the 2011 Ford Mustang GT returns a fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the...

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    2011 Ford Mustang Is First Car With 300+ HP and 30+ MPG

    For years the Ford Mustang, at least in base V-6 trim, has lagged behind its rivals with one of the least efficient powertrains in the industry: a cast-iron block 4.0 L V-6 with only 210 horsepower on tap. All that’s about to change, however,  with the introduction of the new 2011 Ford...

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    2011 Ford Mustang: First Car With 300+ Horsepower And 30+ MPG

    To this day, the Ford Mustang remains one of the best selling sports cars on the planet despite having an archaic suspension design and one of the worst V-6 powertrains currently in production. With the introduction of the new 2011 Ford Mustang, however, the legendary muscle car is poised to...

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    EPA gives California and 13 other states waiver to regulate greenhouse gas emissions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week granted California a long-anticipated Clean Air Act Waiver. Under the plan, California - along with 13 other states - will enforce its own emissions standards until the 2012 model year, when the federal government will begin phasing in new national...

  • 2010 subaru legacy liberty 007

    Subaru has been curiously unaffected - or nearly so - by the tremors shaking the foundations of so many other carmakers' sales figures. And despite the 2010 Legacy's not-so-adorable face, it's developing its own following already. Today, that following will have a fairly tough pill to swallow with the release of the EPA's fuel economy figures. It's not all bad news, as the Legacy 2.5i with CVT transmission manages 23mpg in the city, 31mpg on the highway and 26mpg combined, putting it solidly in the upper half of its class, especially considering the sedan's size, power, and AWD capability. In...

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    Ford releases new high-res Taurus SHO photos, configurator alongside launch event

    The 2010 Ford Taurus SHO launch event is currently underway, and driving impressions are still under wraps for a few days yet but Ford has seen fit to let our eyes feast on a new set of high-res photos of the forced-induction family sedan with a mean streak. The AWD, twin-turbo 365hp EcoBoost V6...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    Toyota boosts monthly Prius output to 50,000 as demand spikes

    Toyota’s all-new 2010 Prius officially went on sale in Japan just 11 days ago and has already garnered enough orders to justify Toyota increasing production targets by 8,000 cars per month according to the latest report. It sold enough pre-orders in just the first day to easily outsell the...

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    Toyota may cut back U.S. Prius allocation as demand in Japan soars

    Buyers in the U.S. looking forward to purchasing the new 2010 Toyota Prius may have to wait longer than they initially bargained for, following strong demand for the latest hybrid in Japan. Going on sale just a week ago in Japan, the third-generation Prius was a hit before it even descended on...

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    New Toyota Prius gets sporty Modellista restyle

    Toyota’s third-generation Prius officially went on sale in Japan this week and to coincide with the launch the company also revealed several new styling packs under the guise of its in-house accessories brand Modellista. Three different Modellista styling packs are available for the Prius -...

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    Obama backs EPA proposal that could lead to national emissions framework

    For some time now the American environmental movement, especially in regards to CO2 emissions from cars, has been held back by state-specific legislation that makes it difficult to demand uniform change across the nation. A new proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), however...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius petrol-electric hybrid

    After months of conjecture and Toyota’s own claims for the fuel-economy of its new Prius, came the release last week of “preliminary” Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings for the new model. In their haste, the EPA and Toyota had made a slight error in those original numbers due to a misinterpretation of preliminary data. According to the revised numbers, the 2010 Toyota Prius has an estimated fuel economy rating of 51mpg in the city, 48mpg on the highway and a combined figure of 50mpg (the previous figures were 50/49 for city/highway and 50mpg combined). This means...

  • 2010 Ford Taurus SHO
    Ford revives performance sedan heritage with 2010 Taurus SHO

    Fast factory versions of frumpy family sedans are nothing new - they've been around almost as long as the industry has - but few really capture the mind of the auto enthusiast like the Ford Taurus SHO (Super High Output) did during the 1990s. Perhaps because it was one of the few American takes on...

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    U.S. average fuel economy climbs to 20.8mpg

    Shifting from SUVs and pickup trucks toward smaller cars may already be having an effect on the overall average fuel economy in the U.S. Figures released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveal that the actual increase in fuel economy may be even higher than the 0.2mpg bump...

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