Posts Tagged ‘fuel economy’

2010 Ford Fusion Packs a Fuel-Efficient Punch with New Gas Engine, Six-Speed Transmission Lineup

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
2010 Ford Fusion Sport
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Dearborn, MI — A choice lineup of gas-powered engines will deliver even more horsepower and better fuel economy in the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan mid-size sedans, which already stand out for their strong reliability and driving dynamics.

For 2009, the 2010 model year Fusion and Milan will offer Ford's all-new Duratec 2.5-liter I4, producing 175 horsepower; an enhanced 3.0-liter V6 with 19 more horsepower than its predecessor; and a 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out 263 horsepower on the Fusion Sport model.

Fusion models equipped with the 2.5-liter I4 engine are expected to deliver (more…)

Opel Fuel-Efficiency Stars: New Corsa and Astra ecoFLEX Models

Thursday, August 28th, 2008
Opel Astra ecoFLEX
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Rüsselsheim — Opel introduces new pro-environmental ecoFLEX variants of the Corsa and Astra for model year 2009. With CO2 emissions of just 109 (Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX) and 119 g/km (Astra 1.7 CDTI ecoFLEX), the two are real fuel-efficiency stars, requiring just 4.1 and 4.5 liters of diesel, respectively, per 100 km.

Both cars are fitted with a maintenance-free diesel particulate filter as standard. The automaker is pursuing an array of activities as part of its commitment to further reduce fuel consumption and emissions of cars with conventional combustion engines. (more…)

Mazda to Cut Vehicle Fuel Consumption 30 Percent by 2015

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Hiroshima, Japan — Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that it is setting its sights on reducing the fuel consumption of Mazda vehicles sold globally by an average 30 percent by 2015. This determined commitment will entail a holistic approach which includes using lightweight technologies, the upgrade of almost all of Mazda's gasoline engines, introducing a Smart Idle Stop System, a new gasoline rotary engine and new diesel engines worldwide. By 2015, Mazda will have renewed almost its entire powertrain lineup and, from 2011, through steadily developing safe, lightweight, new generation platforms aims to reduce the weight of its new vehicles by 100 kilograms or more.

Mazda is driven by its long-term vision to provide all its customers with first-rate environmental and safety features as well as driving pleasure. (more…)

J.D. Power and Associates Reports:
While Many New-Vehicle Buyers Express Concern for the Environment, Few are Willing to Pay More for An Environmentally Friendly Vehicle

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Westlake Village, CA — Although many new-vehicle buyers may want to purchase an environmentally friendly vehicle, only 11 percent are “very willing” to pay more to do so, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Power Auto Offline Media Report℠ — Spring Edition.

The study finds that, in particular, new-vehicle buyers who express a strong willingness to pay more for environmentally friendly vehicles are more likely to be female and are highly educated. The concentration of consumers who express willingness to pay extra for an environmentally friendly vehicle is highest in the western United States and lowest in the Midwest. According to the study, among these environmentally conscious consumers, approximately one in 10 actually purchased a new hybrid vehicle. (more…)

2009 Saturn Vue Green Line 2 Mode Hybrid Will Be The World's Most Fuel-Efficient V6 SUV

Sunday, January 6th, 2008
2009 Saturn Vue Green Line 2 Mode Hybrid Chassis and Powertrain
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Detroit — The all-new 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line 2 Mode, the first front-wheel-drive compact SUV in the world powered by General Motors' two-mode hybrid technology, is designed for customers who want the outstanding fuel savings of an advanced hybrid and the full power and towing capability of an SUV. The Vue Green Line 2 Mode was unveiled today at the North American International Auto Show.

The Vue Green Line 2 Mode will deliver an estimated 50-percent fuel economy increase over the non-hybrid V6 Vue. It also is expected to have a driving range of more than 500 miles (800 km). (more…)