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Posts Tagged ‘fuel efficient cars’

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Gets Upgrade

February 22nd, 2013

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Big Changes to Hybrid Blue Drive System

Hyundai has completely revamped its Hybrid Blue Drive gas-electric system found in the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid midsize sedan, bringing better fuel efficiency, longer periods of electric-only cruising, and even more trunk space.

The Sonata Hybrid now receives EPA-estimated fuel efficiency ratings of 36 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 38 mpg combined (37 combined in the Limited). If you’re counting, that’s an increase of 2 combined mpg over the outgoing 2012 car’s 34 city/39 highway/36 combined rating.

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Do you agree with GM about the Chevy Spark?

February 15th, 2013

2013 Chevrolet Spark Price Starts At Just $12,185.

The new 2013 Chevrolet Spark is the smallest Chevrolet production vehicle ever built, but General Motors has high hopes for its 38-mpg five-passenger mini-car. Why, exactly?

The Spark has not been a runaway hit, but in a segment that didn’t exist 5 years ago, its 2,000+ monthly sales volume is strong. But better still for GM’s bottom line, the car is bringing buyers into the Chevy ecosystem that would not have considered the brand’s other products.

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel: $25,695

February 13th, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel TD: Front Quarter View

For the first time in nearly 3 decades, General Motors will offer a diesel-powered passenger car in the U.S. with the introduction of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, coming later in 2013 priced from $25,695.

Chevrolet has offered its 2.0-liter turbodiesel on the Cruze in European markets for some time now, with the oil-burning engine now seeing some emissions and durability upgrades to better suit U.S. drivers. The common-rail, direct-injection diesel produces 148 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque, with an on-demand overboost function raising torque to 280 lb-ft. for 10 seconds of extra passing power.

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Gasoline Prices Jump, Worst is Yet to Come

February 13th, 2013

Gas Prices Skyrocket February 2013

The U.S. national average gasoline price has skyrocketed over the last 2 weeks, rising nearly 30 cents to sit at $3.58 per gallon of regular unleaded.

Motorists are now paying an average of $3.75 per gallon for midgrade gas, $3.89 for premium and $4.07 for diesel fuel. Looking ahead to the Spring, experts predict even higher prices. In late March and heading into April, refineries perform routine maintenance and switch to less-volatile Summer-blend gas, traditionally driving prices to their highest annual levels.

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Gas Prices Skid to 2-Year Low

December 18th, 2012

Gas Prices Hit 2-Year Low

After a Summer marked by high gas prices peaking at well over $5 per gallon in certain areas of the country, motorists are finally seeing some relief at the pump. The average national gas price sits at $3.24 per gallon as of the time of this writing, the lowest price since gas hit $3.21 per gallon in February 2011.

According to the Oil Price Information Service, U.S. motorists are using around 2% to 3% less fuel than at this time last year, thanks to more-efficient cars, an increase in telecommuting and high unemployment. Combine that with higher than normal petroleum output from the U.S. and Canada, along with recessions in Japan and Europe and slowed growth in China, and we’re seeing a continuing trend toward lower prices.

Motorists in Oklahoma, Missouri and South Carolina are paying under $3 per gallon for the first time in many months. Experts expect the trend to continue in the immediate future, with some predicting a drop to under $3 per gallon nationally early next year for the first time since 2010.