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2015 Honda CR-V Touring: Honda adds enhanced safety features to the top model

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2015-01-24 01:00
Fuel economy, now rated at 26 miles per gallon in the city and 33 on the highway, is better than last year. I averaged 20.4 mpg in city driving during ...

Google iLUC alert: Global Biofuels Summit

ICCT ILUC - Fri, 2015-01-23 22:41
18 Directive 2009/28/EC. A panel discussion will be held about the Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) and the decision from European Commission.Insight from Oil & Gas Companies: Availability of biofuels...


Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-01-23 21:37
They are: impressive acceleration, a 10-second zero-to-60 rating, a sporty look, curved fenders and performance tires, excellent fuel economy, a 10% ...

Why Hyundai Will Build the Santa Cruz

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-01-23 20:07
“It best matches in our research of what these customers are looking for,” said O'Brien. “Outstanding fuel economy, good torque and good driveability.”

Boost your car's <b>fuel economy</b> with our Techron special offer

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-01-23 19:00
Independent testing showed that after one application, petrol and diesel vehicles saw average improvements in fuel economy of 8.7% and 7.6% ...

Lower gas prices good news for local car dealers

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-01-23 18:42
“It's still a conscious effort to understand fuel economy in all aspects of all manufactures,' said Elrick. “The F-150 is moving on so well we're nearly sold ...

arbcombo -- CARB Diesel Compliance Training: JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2015

Pipe: Advanced tech - Fri, 2015-01-23 18:04
The California Air Resources Board is offering the following diesel vehicle and equipment regulations courses the last week of January and February.

Low gas prices fuel truck and SUV sales

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-01-23 17:41
Buyense is loving the fuel economy in her SUV. "We get right about 26 miles a gallon now," says Buyense. But it's a downsize from a pickup she ...

Manual transmissions near the end of the road

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-01-23 17:41
Improvements in the function and fuel economy of automatic transmissions essentially have killed the manual in the United States, said Jack Nerad, ...

Obama visit: India trying to build climate for energy talks

Pipe: India - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:38
Much as the US would want India to deliver it a China-like climate deal during Barack Obama's visit, the Modi government may approach the issue through multiple agreements on clean energy.

Misleading statistics can’t cut Gurgaon’s air pollution

Pipe: India - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:22
Going by government numbers, Gurgaon is not among India’s most polluted cities. But if numbers from private organizations are taken into account, the city is almost as bad as Delhi, whose air is notoriously polluted

Gearing for Excitement: Detroit's success fuels dealers' optimism for upcoming Jacksonville show

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:13
“However, fuel economy is improving across all sectors, including luxury cars. Favorable interest rates also help increase sales of luxury vehicles.”.

newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for January 23, 2015

Pipe: Advanced tech - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:10
This is a service of the California Air Resources Board s Office of Communications.

NADA forecasts light-duty vehicle sales of 16.94M in US in 2015; 56% trucks and SUVs

Pipe: Advanced tech - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:04

Low gasoline prices and pent-up consumer demand will combine to drive new car and light truck sales to an estimated 16.94 million in 2015, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association. NADA’s original sales forecast of 16.4 million new cars and light trucks for 2014 was on target. NADA represents more than 16,200 new-car dealerships both domestic and international franchises.

The split among the segments this year is expected to be 44% cars and 56% light trucks and SUVs because of lower gasoline prices, increased job growth and an improving housing market.

We expect to see significant growth in sales of light trucks, particularly in the large-size CUV and SUV segments. At the end of the day, consumers like the utility and comfort that larger vehicles provide. Lower gasoline prices accelerate that shift.—NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly

The pickup truck segment, in particular, is expected to benefit from an improving housing market, climbing to 15.2% this year from 13.7% in 2014.

On the downside, small and mid-sized cars are likely to face a tougher market in 2015. Szakaly expects incentives to rise on small and midsize vehicles. In addition, hybrid sales are expected to be slower as long as oil remains cheap.

Midsize cars are expected to decline in share of total light vehicle sales from 18.6% to 17%, while small cars are expected to lose 1% of share.

The one area where prices and segment share are likely to remain stable is in the luxury segment.—Steven Szakaly

NADA’s economic outlook calls for gross domestic product to be up 3.1% in 2015, with the potential for growth to exceed that level.

2015 Acura MDX: Traveling through life in style

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:00
MDX's best in segment fuel economy can be attributed to several factors, not the least significant being a very slippery aerodynamic body line, right ...

VIA Motors Plans To Sell 50000 Hybrid Trucks A Year By 2018

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:00
VIA adds its own proprietary hybrid powertrain that allows both vehicles to have a combined fuel economy rating of 100 MPGe. Electric only range for ...

Why energy efficiency is the fifth fuel

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:26
Similarly, President Obama's efforts to tighten fuel economy standards are playing a significant role in changing the MPG ratings of the cars and trucks ...

AC/DC In D.C. As Automakers Reveal Electric And Hydrogen Plans

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-01-23 15:26
... technology, and expanding its EcoBoost engine efficiency platform to five million Fords globally this year, a 20% improvement in fleet fuel economy.

News and Updates - FAA to Airlines: E-cigs in Checked Bags are Fire Risk

Pipe: Aviation - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:58

January 23As the popularity of e-cigarettes increases, the FAA wants airlines to ensure passengers dont put their e-cigarettes in checked baggage, when they can pose a fire hazard in the cargo compartment.

The FAA today released a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) making U.S. air carriers aware of a recent bulletin from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that described several incidents associated with e-cigarettes, as well as ICAOs recommendation to ban the devices in checked baggage. ICAO is the arm of the United Nations that develops and disseminates suggested standards for the international aviation community.

In several incidents both inside and outside the transportation industry, e-cigarettes have overheated or caught fire when the heating element was accidentally activated. Last August, an e-cigarette in checked baggage stowed in an airliners cargo hold caused a fire that forced an evacuation of the aircraft. The danger may be increased when users modify and rebuild their reusable e-cigarette devices and interchange original and aftermarket batteries, heating elements, and vaporizing components.

The FAA SAFO recommends that operators follow the ICAO bulletin and require passengers to carry e-cigarettes and related devices solely in the aircraft cabin, where overheating or fire can be observed and handled more quickly. The agency encourages airlines to communicate this new policy to passengers as widely as possible through their websites, press releases, at ticket purchase, during the check-in process and by other established means to inform passengers about hazardous materials regulations and policies.

> View the FAA SAFO

> Get more information on the rules for passengers carrying hazardous materials in carry-on or checked baggage


Mini One First 5-Door

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Fri, 2015-01-23 14:52
Although there's significantly less power traveling to the pavement, the hatch's improved fuel economy is likely to make drivers forget about the ...