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New Audi Q5 Receives Highest EPA Rating In Its Segment At 25MPG 29
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi Q5, Audi Videos, EPA, new cars, Reports, video on 03 29th, 2017

Equipped with a new generation Quattro AWD system with ultra technology, the 2018 Audi Q5 has received an EPA estimated combined fuel economy rating of 25 mpg (9.41 l/100 km).
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2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel Becomes Most Fuel-Efficient Non-Hybrid/EV In The US 13
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, diesel, EPA, GM, Reports on 02 13th, 2017

Chevrolet is announcing that their 2017 Cruze Sedan is officially good for an EPA-estimated highway mileage of 52 mpg (4.52 l/100 km).
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EPA Accuses FCA Of Emissions Cheating On Jeep And Ram Models, Marchionne Says He’s ‘Pissed Off’ 12
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in diesel, EPA, FCA, Jeep, Jeep Grand Cherokee, RAM, Reports, SUV, Trucks on 01 12th, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a notice of violation to FCA for violating the Clean Air Act and installing and failing to disclose engine management software in 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 trucks.
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2017 Ford GT Gets Dismal Fuel Economy Rating Despite EcoBoost Engine 8
Posted by Carscoops Staff in EPA, Ford, Ford GT on 01 8th, 2017

With its EcoBoost engine, you might figure that the new Ford GT would return pretty respectable fuel economy, right? Wrong. The official ratings are in from the US Environmental Protection Agency, and let's just say it's less than stellar.
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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Consumption Rated At 84 MPGe By The EPA 30
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chrysler, Chrysler Pacifica, EPA, Hybrids, Reports on 11 30th, 2016

By earning a fuel economy rating of 84 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) from the EPA, the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid has officially become the most frugal minivan on the market.
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Strict Diesel Tests Make Automakers Re-Evaluate Their US Portfolios 29
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, diesel, EPA, GM, Jaguar, mercedes, Mercedes C-Class, Reports, USA on 10 29th, 2016

The EPA's new, much-stricter emissions tests for diesel vehicles in the United States has crippled the market, causing some automakers to ditch plans to introduce new diesel vehicles entirely.
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Honda Clarity FCV Gets An EPA-Rated Official 366-Mile Driving Range 24
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in EPA, fuel cell, honda, Honda Clarity, Hydrogen, Reports on 10 24th, 2016

The 2017 Honda Clarity has the best range rating of any electric vehicle that lacks an internal combustion engine, in the United States.
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EPA Looking To Mandate Higher Octane Gasoline To Increase Engine Efficiency 24
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in EPA, Reports on 08 24th, 2016

By raising the octane in gasoline, modern-day turbocharged or direct-injected engines get improved fuel economy and lower emission ratings.
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Street-To-Racer Conversions Nearly Banned By New EPA Legislation 17
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in EPA, racing, Reports, USA on 04 17th, 2016

There’s nothing wrong with trying to minimize vehicle emissions – unless, of course, it involves sneaking changes into irrelevant proposals.
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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Earns 28mpg Highway Rating 8
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Chrysler, Chrysler Pacifica, EPA, new cars on 03 8th, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave the new gasoline-powered Chrysler Pacifica a class-leading 28mpg rating on the highway, besting its predecessor by 12 per cent.
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EPA Rejects Volkswagen’s Proposed Diesel Emissions Fix 13
Posted by Brad Anderson in CARB, diesel, EPA, Reports, VW on 01 13th, 2016

Both the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have rejected Volkswagen's proposed solution to fix its 2.0-liter diesel engines installed with emissions cheating software.
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54.5 MPG Is Coming, But What Does It Mean? 1
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, CAFE, EPA, Fuel Economy, Kurt, News on 08 1st, 2011

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Last Friday, the Obama administration announced that a deal had been reached on new Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for cars and light trucks between 2017 and 2025. It was a mixed bag, with both the federal government and the automakers compromising to achieve results each side could live with. Even California, who reserves the right to set their own fuel economy and emission standards, bought into the new fleet-wide requirement of 54.5 mpg by 2025.

If you’re an enthusiast, it’s easy to be alarmed by these numbers. By EPA ratings, not a single gasoline-powered vehicle achieves this today. In fact, only the Toyota Prius, at 51 mpg city and 48 mpg highway, comes close. Does this mean we’re looking at a future of driving cars even less entertaining than the Prius? Are the golden days of muscle cars and sports cars behind us?

Not necessarily, because buried in the new fuel economy standards are some exceptions that aren’t well publicized. First, there isn’t a direct parallel between a CAFE rating of 54.5 mpg and an EPA rating of 54.5 mpg. The CAFE rating is based on a complex series of variables, and the fuel economy standard is overstated compared to the EPA rating. I don’t have a conversion chart, but understand this: 54.5 mpg under CAFE isn’t 50 mpg under EPA, and it’s probably not even 40 mpg. It may not even be 35 mpg.

Next, there are “allowances” granted to automakers for being environmentally friendly. Opt to use a refrigerant that’s environmentally friendly, and you get a credit that can be applied to lower your CAFE average. Build an electric car? That’s another credit, even if you only sell a handful. Build a hybrid? That’s another credit to lower your overall score. Using Ford as an example, the Focus Electric will offset the Mustang Shelby GT500, ensuring that both cars (or their equivalents) can still be found on the showroom floor.

By 2025, cars will be more fuel efficient. They’ll be lighter, with smaller and more efficient engines. Hybrids will be common, but that may turn out to be a good thing for sports car fans as hybrid technology goes more mainstream. Imagine a car with perfect weight distribution front to rear, that has AWD thanks to a standard drivetrain plus electric motors, and still gets better than 35 mpg. By 2025, I’d be willing to bet that performance hybrids are faster than today’s muscle cars, for about the same kind of money. If that’s really the future, I’m pretty sure I can live with 54.5 mpg.