Small Steps in Fuel Efficiency Lead to Great Leaps.

Better automatic transmissions. Small turbocharged engines. Fewer cylinders. Light-weighting. A smattering of diesels, electrics, hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Totally new vehicle types in company product lines. Car makers are doing everything they can think of to increase their Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards as mandated by Washington.

Don’t expect car companies to make giant strides in fuel economy, but each year with new model introductions, along with updates of existing vehicles, fuel economy will steadily improve – bit-by-bit.

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Steel vs. Aluminum: Which Wins For Fuel Efficiency AND Cost?

A new report from World Steel Dynamics, a steel-industry trade organization claims the rise of aluminum will be short lived.

AutoBody Warfare: Aluminum Attack claims that aluminum’s weight advantage will eventually be neutralized by the arrival of even more advanced lower-cost and lighter-weight types of steel.

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Connected Car Space Sees Investment Deals Climb

Over the past couple years, both Nokia Growth Partners and Intel Capital announced separate $100M Connected Car Funds. Is the promise of universally connected and intelligent vehicles closer to becoming a reality?

According to the data, investments to companies in and around the connected car space are indeed gaining traction among both venture capital and corporate investors. Firms tracked in the connected car market within the CB Insights database include a range of technologies.

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Autonomous and connected car technologies may progressively curb emissions

Excitement around connected and autonomous vehicles has been building for years with consumers interested in the convenience of never having to touch the steering wheel and governments anticipating significant improvements in road safety. It’s presumed that these technologies will also have energy efficiency and emissions reductions benefits, but only recently have experts been able to quantify them.

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2015 Ford Mustang fuel economy drops

The 2015 Ford Mustang’s fuel economy is lower than that of the outgoing model, according to figures just released by the EPA.

The 2015 Mustang equipped with the 3.7-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission is officially rated at 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, while the same model with a six-speed manual transmission returns 17 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway.

That’s a drop of 3 mpg from the 2014 V6 Mustang’s highway rating of 31 mpg with the automatic transmission, and one mpg worse than the 2014 model’s highway mileage of 29 mpg with a manual transmission. City ratings for the 2014 V6 Mustang were 19 mpg with either transmission.

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