Daimler Thinks Its LED Lights Can Help Meet CAFE Targets

The new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards pose problems for automotive groups that aren't selling millions of cars of all shapes and sizes in this country. Take Daimler, for example. Most of the cars they sell in this country right now are C and E-class sedans with average fuel economy ratings somewhere in the… » 11/04/13 4:00pm 11/04/13 4:00pm

How The Government Killed Fuel Efficient Cars And Trucks

Close your eyes and imagine it's 1979. A first-term Democratic president struggles with unemployment, malaise, high energy prices, and embassy trouble. The landscape of today looks like the landscape of then, but there's one important thing missing: The compact pickup. Where did they go? The small pickup was an… » 10/02/12 10:30am 10/02/12 10:30am

Ballyhoed New CAFE Standards Riddled With Hummer-Sized Loopholes

When Obama unveiled new fuel standards we decried the end of fun cars and pointed out how far most automakers are from meeting new-for-2016 fuel standards. It turns out, thanks to Hummer-sized loopholes like your car's air-conditioning, automakers should be able to meet them with little fear. » 5/22/09 12:00pm 5/22/09 12:00pm

No Automakers Meet Obama's New Fuel Economy Standard

The just-announced fuel economy policy changes demand 39 MPG for cars and 30 MPG for light trucks. A look at the data shows not a single automaker currently meets the new guidelines proposed today. Update. » 5/19/09 4:00pm 5/19/09 4:00pm

Australian Motoring Group Calls For Fuel Consumption Standards,…

Not content to end up in a punky post-apocalyptic world because of an energy shortage, a la the great Australian film The Road Warrior, the Australian version of AAA is requesting the government implement some sort of average fuel limits similar to our CAFE standards. The NRMA thinks the move could save the country 1.4 … » 7/15/08 4:20pm 7/15/08 4:20pm

BMW Thinks CAFE Is Unfair, Wants Special Treatment

Instead of manning up and facing the engineering challenges brought on by the Bush Administration's 2011-2015 CAFE regulations, GM Ford Chrysler BMW is crying to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about how the new targets are "not feasible." Instead, the automaker is proposing a special category for… » 7/02/08 4:20pm 7/02/08 4:20pm

AutoNation CEO Says High Gas Prices Are Good For You, Automakers

Mike Jackson, Chairman and CEO of AutoNation (and thus America's number one car salesman), finally breaks taboo and utters the unthinkable: High gas prices are a good thing. "You have to tell the American people the truth," he says. "Energy costs are going to be higher." Oh Mike, Mike, Mike. Don't you know that the first… » 6/09/08 1:00pm 6/09/08 1:00pm

GM to Achieve Mileage Targets With Logic, Turbos

Instead of throwing all of its cash down the yawning maw of biofuel and hydrogen fuel cells, GM intends to get some quick fuel economy wins the smart way - with lower displacement and turbos. Automotive News (sorry, subscription required) is reporting GM will be following a strategy similar to Ford with its EcoBoost » 1/29/08 9:45am 1/29/08 9:45am

Lutz Desires Pricier Gas, Predicts Costlier, Smaller Cars

MarketWatch has a fairly shaggy interview with GM's "Maximum Bob" Lutz in which he opines on the impending 2020 federal mandate that carmakers achieve 35mpg CAFE standards. First, Lutz says he wants to see gas prices in the U.S. rise, to levels similar to what the rest of the world pays (which would be more than twice as … » 1/21/08 1:30pm 1/21/08 1:30pm

Bob Lutz: CAFE 35 will increase price of GMs $6,000

Speaking at the Detroit Auto Show, Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman of GM, said, "This is going to be a net average of cost of $6,000 per vehicle which will have to be passed onto the consumer. The good news is it won't come all at once, because 35 mpg doesn't kick in all at once." Lutz goes on to claim that the average American… » 1/14/08 3:30pm 1/14/08 3:30pm

Ford To Add EcoBoost Turbocharging and Direct Injection To 500,000…

If you've been wondering what Ford's big plans were for dealing with the new energy bill and higher CAFE standards and guessed hybrids or electric cars &mdash you were wrong. Ford's big plan is to add turbocharging and direct injection to 500,000 vehicles, starting with the 2009 Lincoln MKS. Ford claims this technology… » 1/08/08 3:03pm 1/08/08 3:03pm