Hyundai And Kia Out $745 Million Over False MPG Claims

Hyundai and Kia just agreed to settle a case with the US government for overstating the gas mileage claims on about 900,000 of its cars a few years back. The final toll comes to approximately $745 million, including a $100 million fine, and $250 million in other penalties. » 11/03/14 11:48am 11/03/14 11:48am

Hyundai And Kia Put $412 Million Away For People Stiffed Over Fuel…

It's not going to be a good year for Kia-Hyundai as changes to local currency and the backlash over false mileage claims all come together to make the company potentially less profitable. According to reports, Kia put $187 million aside to settle claims, joining the $225 million Hyundai shook out of its piggy bank. » 1/25/13 9:00am 1/25/13 9:00am

Take The Hyundai-Kia Reimbursement Money And Run, Says Lemon Law Lawyer

Earlier today, Hyundai-Kia announced a massive refund for approximately 900,000 cars the EPA says had overstated mileage claims (car companies typically send the mileage numbers, based on computation, to the EPA). It's a huge PR loss for the company after all the cheerleading they did over the fact that they had four… » 11/02/12 10:41am 11/02/12 10:41am

Chevy Volt Fuel Economy: 60 MPG, Asterisks Included

The Chevy Volt's official mileage ratings: 93 mpg combined city/highway on electric, 35 miles on battery, 37 mpg on gas-only power, 379 miles of total range. Total combined EPA estimate: 60 mpg, or about 20% better than a Toyota Prius. » 11/24/10 3:00pm 11/24/10 3:00pm

How Much Gas America Burns, Per Person

This colorful graphic shows America's relative gas consumption per capita. New York is low, Wyoming is high, and Texas looks even bigger in red. Neat! [Infrastructurist] » 4/29/10 2:00pm 4/29/10 2:00pm

Your SUV Uses More Fuel Than a Boeing 737

On a per-passenger basis, the average SUV uses more fuel than a Boeing 737, an Amtrak train, and the average bus combined. Also, 40 Burger King Whoppers hold as much energy as one gallon of gas. Click to enlarge. [] » 4/20/10 1:30pm 4/20/10 1:30pm

We've Got More Horsepower In Our Driveways And That's A Good Thing

Science writer Alexis Madrigal put together an analysis showing we have more power in our garage than in our power plants. The data is interesting but the conclusions are fantastically wrong. Having more power is a good, nay, awesome thing. » 8/19/09 3:01pm 8/19/09 3:01pm

EPA Secretly Changing MPG Numbers Ahead Of Cash For Clunkers, Screwing…

Consumers hoping to trade in their old "clunkers" for new vehicles through the Cash for Clunkers (or CARS) program are discovering the EPA changed fuel economy numbers for some cars last week, making it impossible to trade them in! Update. » 7/27/09 3:30pm 7/27/09 3:30pm

Obama Kills Fun Cars, Unveils 35.5 MPG Fuel Economy Plan By 2016

President Obama and distinguished hostages auto execs just unveiled new emissions and fuel economy standards. The result? They've just killed all the fun cars. » 5/19/09 12:40pm 5/19/09 12:40pm

Fuelly Offers Social Networking For The Mileage-Conscious, Green Dragons

Filling a need we didn't know we had until just now, a pair of developers have created a website that tracks your fill-ups in a community setting. Dubbed "Fuelly," because every web 2.0 application needs an adorably misspelled name, the site is actually quite fun and full-featured. Just add your car to the system and… » 8/26/08 2:20pm 8/26/08 2:20pm

How To Use The New IRS Mileage Rate To Deduct The Cost Of Your Car

Unless you're an accountant or a salesman, you may not have noticed the IRS just upped the mileage deduction rate for privately owned vehicles to 58.5 cents per mile. Sounds like the perfect time to find out how far we could turn our daily driver into a government tax rebate on wheels. We've decided to use my daily… » 7/09/08 1:00pm 7/09/08 1:00pm

The Solution To Truck-Related Wind Drag: Box Fans!

Kambiz Salari, a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has used a very simple method to solve a consequence of driving a truck. Salari has applied for a patent that will reduce the aerodynamic drag that accompanies driving a truck by essentially placing a box fan immediately behind the cab. The… » 4/18/08 12:00pm 4/18/08 12:00pm

Automotive X-Prize Announces First Teams

Want a check for 10 extra-large (that's millions)? All you have to do is prove you can design, build and bring to market a car that can get 100 miles per gallon and that people will buy. It sounds simple enough, and 31 teams have already signed up to compete for the Automotive X-Prize (you remember the X-Prize people… » 8/01/07 10:00am 8/01/07 10:00am

Can Adding Acetone to Fuel Increase Gas Mileage?

Granted, Jalopnik advising on fuel chemistry is like Lindsay Lohan interpreting the Dead Sea Scrolls. But we've been hearing about this acetone fuel-additive trick for years now, and we've just been hipped to the supposed video test proving its worth. Apparently, acetone aids in the vaporization of fuel, which… » 6/13/07 11:30am 6/13/07 11:30am

Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs in 2006

When GM announced the mileage ratings and price of its 2007 Saturn Green Line earlier this week, and positioned it against its gas-only competitors (price-wise as well as mileage rating), we wondered if we should take a tally of said competitors' EPA ratings for 2006. We quickly lost interest in that project, but… » 5/26/06 10:27am 5/26/06 10:27am

Upside-Down Game!: New Mileage Regulations Could Lead to Bigger SUVs

Holy loophole shift. Government regulators' new fuel-efficency requirements for SUVs could force the size of such trucks upward, say some critics quoted by AutoWeek. The larger the vehicle, they say, the lower the mandated mileage standard, giving incentive to automakers that build larger SUVs. One example given is… » 4/07/06 8:32am 4/07/06 8:32am

Engineers Take Note: 250 MPG From a Mass-Production Car Will Get You…

Hey smart kids, stop fiddling with that meth-lab erector set, and start on a project that'll make you some real money. The foundation that paid out $10 million for a privately funded space flight announced it would pay $25 million to anyone who can build and sell 10,000 vehicles that get 250 mpg. Foundation officials… » 3/15/06 7:12am 3/15/06 7:12am

GM's 30 mpg Claim: A Closer Look at the Numbers

Ray from DetroitWonk refers to a piece in The Detroit News that takes GM to task for playing a numbers game with its recently touted "19 models that get 30 mpg or higher" marketing message. Sure, the claim is factually correct, but is GM's implied dominance in the mileage game accurate? Look closer, bids DN writer… » 1/25/06 8:15am 1/25/06 8:15am

Jumpstart Ford Blasts Company Over US Mileage

Ford's been taking a lot of heat lately, for all kinds of reasons. But one reason, cited by an environmental action group whose criticism of Ford comprises its charter, may not be completely on the level. The group, Jumpstart Ford, has been on the company's case of late for its poor performance in greenhouse gas… » 12/16/05 1:31pm 12/16/05 1:31pm