2007-03-13T18:40:09.562-07:00Automotive News had an interesting article on Bush's proposal to increase our nations fuel economy. Here's the article along with my comments.
2007-08-28T19:50:53.675-07:00I saw an interesting article at NPR on locking in low gas prices. Here is what they said along with my comments.
2008-12-10T19:40:48.813-08:00Scott Anderson at WardsAuto.com had and interesting article called New EPA Ratings Hit Fuel Sippers the Hardest. Here is what they said along with my comments.Makers of the thriftiest cars and trucks on the road have less to brag about under new vehicle fuel-economy ratings the government says better reflect Americans’ real-world driving.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released new vehicle fuel-economy estimates that, for the first time, account for current interstate highway speeds, heavier use of air conditioning and other modern-day driving habits. In some ways it is hard for me to believe that it has taken this long for the EPA to get around to this? When did we change the speed limit from 55 MPH to 70 MPH/ That is pretty much the day when people started driving 80 MPH. When did you no longer need a radar detector? Remember back in the days of 55 MPH on the freeway, everyone had a radar detector. I think over that time period I bought 3 different types because the technology kept changing so fast. Another thing that doesn't make sense to me is when they say "air conditioning use". In most cars the auto setting or default setting is air conditioning on? I am constantly turning my A/C button off in my car. During the winter months the only time I need to run the A/C is when I have 3 people in the car with me and the windows get all fogged up. Otherwise you don't need it.Under the EPA’s new ratings system, city mileage for all ’07 U.S. light vehicles, on average, falls 12%, while average highway estimates drop 8%. Combined fuel economy for the current fleet is about 10% lower. I am sure the automakers will whine about this and complain or already have but come on fellas the Corporate Average Fuel Economy hasn't changed since 1988. What was up with continuous improvement during this time frame, I know there wasn't any. I would love to drive a Ford Expedition that gets 30 MPG but it is not available. No one cared, fuel was cheap.For some vehicles, particularly fuel-sipping power trains, the new ratings system can mean as much as a 30% reduction in city fuel economy and a 25% cut in highway driving averages.“The most efficient vehicles on the market are gas-electric hybrids,” an EPA spokesman says. “They’re more affected downward as a percentage than other vehicles. Smaller engines pay a higher penalty for accessory usage, such as air conditioning.” This makes sense, when you consider the amount of power required to run an A/C compressor or to fire up 2 heated electric seats. That little 2.0L engine is going to pay a lot higher price than my 5.4L V8. It is all in the percentages. It is sort of like comparing a Clydesdale horse to a pony pulling a wagon. Put another 4 people on the wagon and the Clydesdale doesn't even know they are there. The pony on the other hand will just stop and eat grass.Toyota Prius fuel economy dips 16% as result of new ratings.For example, Toyota Motor Corp.’s Prius hybrid-electric vehicle saw its combined city/highway numbers fall from 55 mpg (4.2 L/100 km) to 46 mpg (5.1 L/100 km), or a 16% drop, according to the new measurements. The impact is far less on trucks and SUVs. The ’07 Chevrolet Tahoe, for instance, when equipped with a V-8 5.3L engine, slipped from a combined rating of 18 mpg (13 L/100 km) to 16 mpg (14.7 L/100). So the Prius goes from sort of amazing gas mileage to just great gas mileage. The Tahoe goes from crappy mileage to really crappy. The point here is that when you buy a car and the sticker says here is the mileage that you should get you really should get that mileage. Don't you think? It is sort of truth in advertising. I don't really care what mileage the car will get sitting on the test dyno in the back of a lab, I want to know what I will get when I a barrelling down the road at 80 MPH with the heated seats on, the A/C blarring (because I forgot to shut it off), my arc source head lamps and fog lights on, navigation system's LCD telling me which way[...]
2007-03-13T18:59:22.962-07:00BUSH ENERGY PLANBush's shocker: How to meet a higher CAFERichard Truett Automotive News 1:00 am, January 29, 2007First the good news: In theory, automakers can meet President Bush's call to improve fuel economy simply by commercializing off-the-shelf technologies. But it's going to cost plenty. If light-vehicle CAFE standards rise by a third by 2017, to 34 mpg, as President Bush proposed last week, we'll see a more small cars, diesels and hybrids.Here are the technologies that could deliver big gains in fuel economy, along with ratings for practicality and cost. A score of 5 five means the technology could be on your driveway soon. A rating of 1 means the technology is the modern equivalent of the 100-mpg carburetor.We grade these technologies on the curve. No "pass-fails" here!TURBOCHARGERS: In Europe, automakers improve mileage by shrinking the engine, then adding a turbocharger or supercharger.Volkswagen uses both devices on the 1.4-liter gasoline engine in the European version of the Golf GT. The results: A 0-to-60 mph time of about 7.6 seconds, and close to 50 mpg on the highway. GM has installed a smaller but more powerful engine in its Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky roadsters. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine gets better fuel economy than the base 2.4-liter engine. Practicality: 4. These technologies are proven and easy to install.Cost: 3. Turbochargers and superchargers can add $1,000 or so to a vehicle's price.Best betsHow various fuel-saving technologies are likely to fare.Winners: Turbochargers, diesels, starter generators, efficient transmissionsThe jury is out: Lightweight materials, plug-in hybridsNot in this lifetime: Fuel cellsAdvertisementdocument.write ('');DIESEL ENGINES: Diesels can improve fuel economy by about 30 percent, and German automakers are vigorous in promoting their use in cars and SUVs. In the past, diesels were the province of heavy-duty pickups. Now that low-sulfur diesel fuel is available, diesels are poised for a comeback.Practicality: 5. Many vehicles sold in the United States today are available elsewhere in the world with a diesel.Cost: 2. The big challenge is reducing the cost of the emissions system so diesels can be sold profitably in small cars.LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS: Ford engineers once calculated that they could improve fuel economy by 1 mpg for every 150 pounds shaved off the Explorer. But Ford never actually cut the weight.Maybe it's time to give lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum another look. On the Audi A8 and Jaguar XK, the aluminum unibody has saved hundreds of pounds. The A8's body weighs 475 pounds, about half as much as it would if it were made of steel. Automakers commonly use aluminum for hoods and trunks. Lightweight carbon fiber also is appearing on a growing number of vehicles.Practicality: 3. Plastics, magnesium, aluminum and other lightweight materials are becoming more popular.Cost: 3. Aluminum remains expensive, while carbon fiber and magnesium are reserved for pricey exotic cars.STARTER GENERATORS: Engineers are finding ways to reduce the engine's workload.Last fall, GM launched the Saturn Vue hybrid with an alternator that doubles as a starter and returns energy to the battery when the driver brakes. It improves fuel economy on the Vue Greenline by 20 percent over the standard model. The Vue Greenline costs $1,995 more than the regular model. Other energy-saving devices include electric power steering, which uses less energy, and reduces weight by eliminating the hydraulic pump and lines. Other ways to save energy include regenerative brakes, which recharge the battery when the vehicle is slowing down. BMW is pioneering these technologies, which can boost fuel economy by 8 percent. Practicality: 5. The race is on to make components more efficient.Cost: 3. Items such as regenerative brakes require costly redesigns.Advertisementdocument.write ('');EFFICIENT TRANSMISSIONS: In most vehicles, six-speed automatics and [...]
2007-03-13T18:57:47.963-07:00Gas Prices Drop Below $3Average U.S. gas prices fell below $3 a gallon Wednesday for the first time in several weeks.Pump prices across the nation are averaging $2.99 a gallon, reports Heathrow, Fla.-based AAA. The last time gas was under $3 was July 24. It is amazing how I get excited about buying gas at $2.85 per gallon and my wife tells me it isn't the best price. Just goes to show you how we become use to higher prices. I remember when gas prices went over $2 per gallon we thought it was terrible, now if they dropped back down to $2 we would really be excited.Looking for lower gas prices: Bargain shoppers can realize further savings by logging on to several Web sites including MichiganGasPrices.com, Automotive.com and AAA's Fuel Finder Web site, http://aaa.opisnet.com, to find the best prices. For example, at AAA's site, consumers can enter their zip code and find the cheapest gas available within 10 miles. According to aaa.opisnet.com, the Clark station on Pine Grove in Port Huron was selling gas for $2.76 a gallon Wednesday afternoon. Ford a list of tips on how to save fuel goto Fueleconomy.gov which provides motorists with money-saving tips and strategies to lower fuel costs. On Monday, gas prices dropped 10 cents to an average of $3.02 in Michigan, after the UN-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon. A year ago, prices were averaging $2.53 a gallon across the state. As always it pays to shop around and understand where the lowest gas prices typically are. Also make sure you pay attention to weekly trends. For example gas prices tend to go up on Friday's and down on Sunday's.Related gas saving articles:Ways to avoid pain at the pumpLooking for Cheap Gas Find the Best Prices In Your AreaGas Saving Products Facts or FictionTop Hybrid MythsSave Money with Gas Rebate CardsAre there fuel effiecient SUVs?Looking for a new car, compage gas mileage of every carSave Gas Home PageLooking for investment related links checkout these articles:Investing in GoldInvesting in Mutual FundsHow to become the next millionaireHome based businessesInvesting In Mutual FundsGet Rich QuickThanks for visiting please check out my other blogs and websites: Investment and Financial TipsBuy School UniformsDigitial camerasAffordable Website Design[...]
2006-09-07T15:54:41.813-07:00Gasoline Rebate ChecksInteresting article over at Smartmoney.com, here is what they said:While congress debates whether to send consumers $100 gasoline rebate checks or temporarily suspend the 18.4-cent federal gas tax, it's up to you to fill your tank for less. With prices topping $2.92 per gallon of regular unleaded, according to the latest figures from AAA, chances are you're fully aware of — and maybe even employing — tactics that will help you get better mileage. Your tires are filled to just the right amount of air pressure, you've finally removed all the junk you were hauling around in your trunk, and you've actually been trying to obey the speed limit. I don't know about you but I guess I would rather have the 18.4 cents per gallon suspended. I buy a lot of gas so depending on how long they suspended the tax it probably would be pay back in about 40 weeks.But the best way to cut your gas bills is to make sure you're buying the cheapest gas around. Gas prices can vary — sometimes significantly — from station to station. In Chicago, you might pay as much as $3.29 per gallon or as little as $2.79. So stay informed. Keep a notebook in your car to jot down the prices at gas stations you pass. And for this to really work, you'll need to note the time and date you passed by, too. (You do want to save money, don't you?) A lot times I find that the gas stations that are the closes to the freeways tend to be more expensive. If you can try to find a station that is a few blocks down from the freeway. Additionally, stations located in less expensive areas also tend to have better prices. Sometime it might be worth driving a half a mile to find the cheaper gas. If you are going on a trip try filling up before heading off to the vacation spot. Again a lot of times you find that vacation spots are much more expensive.There are no hard and fast rules as to which day of the week or hour of the day will yield the lowest prices, says Jason Toews, co-founder of GasBuddy.com, an online a gas-price monitoring web site. Taking good notes comes in handy. Say your closest station updates its prices late every night. If prices are on the rise, you'll know that you shouldn't wait until the next morning to fill your tank. You might also call your local gas station to find out what time of day it posts new prices. A good rule of thumb is that the prices are probably going to go up on Friday's, try to fuel up on Thursday, especially if you are in the summer months. Also if you notice a big jump in the morning try waiting until the afternoon, even if you have to only buy a few gallons in the morning to get you to where you are going.Try the following resources to find the lowest gas prices around.http://GasBuddy.comhttp://GasPriceWatch.comhttp://wcco.com/gaspriceshttp://www.wndu.com/gasprices/http://aaa.opisnet.com/Index.aspxhttp://www.fuelcostcalculator.com/http://www.fuelmeup.comRelated gas saving articles:Soaring Gas PricesWays to avoid pain at the pumpLooking for Cheap Gas Find the Best Prices In Your AreaGas Saving Products Facts or FictionTop Hybrid MythsSave Money with Gas Rebate CardsAre there fuel effiecient SUVs?Looking for a new car, compage gas mileage of every carSave Gas Home PageLooking for investment related links checkout these articles:Jim Cramer's Stock PicksInvesting in Hedge FundsInvesting in GoldInvesting in Mutual FundsHow to become the next millionaireInvesting In Mutual FundsGet Rich QuickThanks for visiting please check out my other blogs and websites: Investment and Financial TipsBuy School UniformsDigitial camerasAffordable Website Design[...]
2007-03-13T18:57:47.964-07:00Soaring Gas PricesThe Wall Street Journal had a good article on facts about how much we drive and spend on gas each year. Here is what they said.Driving More Miles: In 2001 the average US family drove 5700 miles commuting back and forth to work vs. 4900 miles in 1990. In 1990 social and recreation driving was larger than commuting back and forth to work. You know what this says to me is the metro areas we live in are getting larger and larger. Also I really think that people want to live where they want to live and not always live where they work. One big way to reduce the cost of the commute is to car pool, not many people do it but it can cut your gas costs in half with just one rider, not to mention the reduction in wear in tear on your car.Average Gas Spending Per Year: Trying to reduce your gas cost? The average American driver uses 500 gallons of gasoline a year. So if gas is up a buck you get to spend $500 more per year buying gas, which is $10 per week or $40 per month. It is not life altering but it does hurt putting $90 of gas into your wife's Ford Expedition. Some people that I know have bougth a commuter car. They have picked up a nice used Grand Am or something that gets about twice the mileage that there Chevy Tahoe gets.Increase in gas theft: With rising gas prices many gas stations are reporting an increase in gas theft. In 2004 gas theft cost the industry $237 million which was about 1 in every 1100 fillups was a drive off. First of all in a lot of states I think you loose your license and get a fine so it really isn't worth stealing gas, pretty big penalties. You know these facts are from 2004 and they increased $37 million from 2003. I can only imagine how high the drive off rate is now. Make sure if you park your car outside at night that you invest in a locking gas cap. If you can park in a well lite area do it. You never know when someone will want to steal gas from you car too. It happened to my Dad when I was a kid back in the 1970s when we had 70's the oil crisis. Who has the highest gas prices? Not surprisingly Hawaii has the highest gas price in the nation at $3.30 per gallon, followed by California, New York, Connecticut and Maryland. You know this is probably classic supply and demand. Hawaii supply cost has to be high because of the location, I don't feel too bad for them Hawaii is really nice. The other states have high population and high demand. To find the lowest gas prices checkout my post on Gas Buddy a website that finds the lowest prices in the nation, pretty useful.Mars & Venus: WSJ says that women drive 36 miles per day vs. men who drive 45. This doesn't surprise me. My wife hates to drive very far anyway. Motor Home and RV drivers don't care: The WSJ says that motorhome and RV drivers don't seem to be affected by the high gas prices. They say that there are 8 million homes that own at least one RV, which is a 15% increase over 4 years ago. They point out that RV owners spend about 65% less that other travelers on food, accomodations and travel, largely beacuse of inexpensive camping sites and lots of backyard barbeque. That's the way I look at it. We have an RV and I rationalize it this way, if I stay in a cheap hotel in a resort area it cost me at least $100 to $125 per night and this is a cheap no frills place. The wife will not be happy at the place. If I stay 3 nights that would be lets says $300. Food for a family of 4 will cost me $15 for breakfast, $25 to $30 minimum for lunch, and $30 to $50 for dinner especially if you have some drinks it could be even more. You could eat of the dollar menu all the time but that gets old quick. So that is a minimum $70 for food/day if you are eating out multiply by 3 and that is $210. So hotel plus food is $510. If I travel 200 miles with the RV in each direction, that is 400 miles at 10 miles per gallon or 40 gallons of gas x $3 per gallon I sp[...]
2006-04-29T05:59:58.156-07:00Ways to avoid pain at the pumpThe Daily News Online had a good article on ways to avoid pain at the pump. Here is what they said.The With gas prices hovering around the $3 mark and the summer driving season nearly upon us, here are a few ways to save money on gas this year.At the top of most lists is carpooling. It was big during the gas crisis of the 1980s and with projected shortages again this summer, it might be time to hit up a buddy who works at the same job for a ride. By sharing a ride to work or by taking turns driving your kids to baseball and soccer practices, you can stretch a tank of gas further each week. Most communities have public transit. Now is the time to catch a ride to the grocery store or to the library. You know it is really amazing to me how everyone complains about the gas prices but take a look next time you are on the freeway how many cars have more thant one person riding in them on a typical day. It is a great way to save gas and it reduces where and tear on your car.Looking at a summer trip? Try taking a train into Chicago or to Detroit. The price is right and you can save the wear and tear on your personal vehicle, as well as save on gas. If getting around town after you get there's a problem, rent a car or use that city's public transportation. Or instead of staying several days or a week, plan some summer one-day trips. You will have to do some searching around to make this one work and if you can do a last minute trip it might work. A friend of mine took here family from Detroit to Chicago on Amtrak and it was only $11 per person. Do a little research. Local news agencies are providing information on the lowest gas prices in their coverage area on a regular basis. The World Wide Web can also be a good source of information for cheaper gas prices. Do I have a solution for you check out my article that has links to the sites like Gas Buddy where you can look up the lowest gas prices on a daily basis. Need a little exercise? Ride a bike or walk to the local grocery store or over to a friend's house. You can save gas, help the environment and shave off a few pounds in the process. I have a friend of mine that works in Japan he doesn't even own a car anymore. When I visit Japan I don't notice a lot of fat people. Everyone has to do some walking everyday there so this helps them stay in shape.This might be a tough one to accomplish, but it certainly will save you time and help improve the environment. Try to avoid any situation where you are stuck in traffic with your motor idling. By not having to stop and start frequently, you will use less gas. By avoiding gridlock, you may also help your blood pressure as well.The weather is getting warmer and school is coming to and end. Now is the time that people start gearing up for vacations and long distance trips. If gas continues to soar throughout the summer months, we may have to take a hard look at our travel plans or learn to conserve on gas. Hey this is a great tip, if you have flex hours at work sometimes just leaving 15 minutes early really helps out on the commute home. If I leave at 5pm it take me 20 minutes longer to get home. If I bail at 4:25 pm it really helps.SourceRelated gas saving articles:Looking for Cheap Gas Find the Best Prices In Your AreaGas Saving Products Facts or FictionTop Hybrid MythsSave Money with Gas Rebate CardsAre there fuel effiecient SUVs?Looking for a new car, compage gas mileage of every carSave Gas Home PageLooking for investment related links checkout these articles:Investing in GoldInvesting in Mutual FundsHow to become the next millionaireHome based businessesInvesting In Mutual FundsGet Rich QuickThanks for visiting please check out my other blogs and websites: Investment and Financial TipsBuy School UniformsDigitial camerasAffordable Website Design[...]
2007-03-13T19:03:21.770-07:00Businessweek had an interesting article about the 10 ten hybrid myths. The myths include:
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2007-03-13T19:03:21.771-07:00Gas prices are up, and so is the volume of advertising for "gas-saving" products. When gasoline prices rise, consumers often look for ways to improve fuel efficiency. Although there are practical steps you can take to increase gas mileage, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns you to be wary of any gas-saving claims for automotive devices or oil and gas additives. Even for the few gas-saving products that have been found to work, the savings have been small."Gas-Saving" Advertising ClaimsBe skeptical of the following kinds of advertising claims. "This gas-saving product improves fuel economy by 20 percent."Claims usually tout savings ranging from 12 to 25 percent. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has evaluated or tested more than 100 alleged gas-saving devices and has not found any product that significantly improves gas mileage. In fact, some "gas-saving" products may damage a car's engine or cause substantial increases in exhaust emissions.The gas-saving products on the market fall into clearly defined categories. Although the EPA has not tested or evaluated every product, it has tried to examine at least one product in each category. See "Devices Tested by EPA" at the end of this brochure for category descriptions and product names."After installing your product on my car, I got an extra 4 miles [6.4 kilometers] per gallon [3.8 liters]."Many ads feature glowing testimonials by satisfied customers. Yet, few consumers have the ability or the equipment to test for precise changes in gas mileage after installing a gas-saving product. Many variables affect fuel consumption, including traffic, road and weather conditions, and the car's condition.For example, one consumer sent a letter to a company praising its "gas-saving" product. At the time the product was installed, however, the consumer also had received a complete engine tune-up - a fact not mentioned in the letter. The entire increase in gas mileage attributed to the "gas-saving" product may well have been the result of the tune-up alone. But from the ad, other consumers could not have known that."This gas-saving device is approved by the Federal government."No government agency endorses gas-saving products for cars. The most that can be claimed in advertising is that the EPA has reached certain conclusions about possible gas savings by testing the product or by evaluating the manufacturer's own test data. If the seller claims that its product has been evaluated by the EPA, ask for a copy of the EPA report, or check http://www.epa.gov/ for information.In some instances, false claims of EPA testing or approval have been made.Product Complaints and RefundsIf you're dissatisfied with a gas-saving product, contact the manufacturer and ask for a refund. Most companies offer money-back guarantees. Contact the company, even if the guarantee period has expired.If you're not satisfied with the company's response, contact your local or state consumer protection agency or the Better Business Bureau.Shifting Gears: Real Money-Saving StepsThere are numerous no- or low-cost steps you can take to combat rising gas prices. The most important place to start is at the gas pump; buy only the octane level gas you need. All gas pumps must post the octane rating of the gas under the FTC's Fuel Rating Rule. Remember, the higher the octane, the higher the price. Check your owner's manual to determine the right octane level for your car.Here are some additional tips from the EPA to help you get better gas mileage.Drive more efficientlyStay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph), rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent. Driving at 75 mph, rather than 65 mph, increases fuel co[...]
2007-03-13T19:03:21.773-07:00Chevrolet has announced the debut of the 2007 Chevy Tahoe, the next generation of the industry's best-selling full-size SUV. The new Tahoe is comprehensively redesigned and delivers a sharper, more precise driving feel, more power with improved, segment-leading fuel economy, increased interior refinement and improved quietness.Improved efficiencyA new Gen IV small-block V-8 family – the newest chapter in the small-block's 50-year history – offers more power than comparable powertrains in previous models. Fuel-saving Displacement On Demand technology also enables better fuel economy. When combined with other vehicle-wide features, including improved aerodynamics, the small-block V-8 helps give the Tahoe the segment's best fuel economy. Preliminary testing with 5.3L-equipped models shows unadjusted combined fuel economy ratings of 20.5 mpg with 2WD models and 20.1 mpg with 4WD models. That's better fuel economy than any other full-size SUVThe new Tahoe takes over at the top of the segment in sales, quality and comfort – Tahoe has been the best-selling full-size SUV since 2001. The outgoing model (along with its longer sibling, Suburban) has ranked first in the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey for five years, topping all import and luxury models. Engineers built on Tahoe's established credentials with a “no compromises” mantra that realized improvements in many areas of performance, quality and comfort.Contributors to the 2007 Tahoe's segment-leading capability include:• Superior ride, handling and quietness• Improved efficiency• Refined interior with thoughtful conveniences built in• Distinctive, sporty exterior design• Enhanced safety and security“Tahoe is known for delivering whatever its customers want, whenever they want to do it – a hard-earned reputation reflected in countless independent quality studies, buying guide recommendations and customers who have returned to buy another vehicle,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “The '07 model enhances the attributes that have made Tahoe the industry's best-selling full-size SUV and improves them with dramatically increased attention to detail in smoothness, quietness and refinement. We believe it is simply the best Tahoe yet.”Superior ride, handling and quietnessThe 2007 Tahoe is built on GM's new full-size SUV platform, which incorporates features such as a new, fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and an all-new, premium interior system that bolster the vehicle's comfort, quality and capability. Wider front and rear tracks enhance handling and lower the center of gravity for a more confident road feel.Tahoe's engineers paid extensive attention to detail to ensure a quiet driving experience. It starts with a new, stiffer frame, which reduces vibrations transmitted to the passenger cabin. The strength and accuracy of the full-boxed frame also enables more precise mounting and tuning of chassis and suspension components, which also helps reduce vibration. Even the tires on the large, 17-inch standard and 20-inch available wheels, were designed to reduce noise.Noise-reducing components and materials are used throughout the body structure, including the headliner material, door seals and front-of-dash area. The engine also features a quiet-tuned alternator and an acoustically tuned engine cover that dramatically reduces engine noise heard inside the vehicle. New door seals help reduce seal “pull away” at highway speeds, which can cause wind noise. Also, Tahoe's more slippery shape, thanks to improved aerodynamics, streamlined exterior mirrors and roof rack, and tighter body gap tolerances, makes Tahoe quieter as it slices through the air.Tahoe also feature[...]
2007-03-13T19:01:03.234-07:00The credit is aimed at helping the environment and the U.S. auto industry. Last year Americans had their pick of 11 hybrid vehicles — cars and trucks that use a combination of gasoline and electric power — available in the market. This year consumers who choose one of these vehicles can take as much as $3,400 in tax credit on their purchase or lease.
2006-04-26T18:49:20.566-07:00UNDATED -- Instead of just complaining about high gas prices, how would you like to get money back every time you fill up? Gas rebate cards can save you big if you use them right. But not all cards are the same and there are some pitfalls to watch for. Ira Stoller, uses several gas rebate cards. "I get a five percent rebate every time I gas up," said Stoller. "I save about $300 a year. Stoller is one of millions of people who now use gas rebate cards, credit cards where the incentive isn't airline mileage or bonus points, but money back on gas. The popularity of these cards has surged in the last year or two, according to Cardratings.com spokesperson Curtis Arnold. Arnold says there are different kinds to choose from. Some are brand specific but a growing number of cards offer rebates on nearly any gas purchase. "If you want to shop around for the best gas prices in town," said Arnold. "you're still going to get that rebate." But do your homework. Some cards promise sky-high rebates but they're merely introductory offers that drop in a month or two. And know how to claim your rebate. Some cards mail you a check, others credit your account...and some wait for you to ask. "A key thing to worry about on these cards is the expiration of the rebate," said Consumer Action's Linda Sherry. "It can expire if you don't ask for it on some of the cards. So, that can be within even as short a time as six months." Sherry also warns that if you typically carry a credit card balance, these cards are not for you, because they often have high interest rates! But, if you play it right, you can save big. One customer boosted his savings by using his rebate card to buy a discounted gas gift card. His combined savings: 26 cents a gallon! It's also worth noting that many of those cards also offer rebates on things like groceries and drug store purchases.SourceRelated gas saving articles:Looking for Cheap Gas Find the Best Prices In Your AreaGas Saving Products Facts or FictionSave Money with Gas Rebate CardsAre there fuel effiecient SUVs?Looking for a new car, compage gas mileage of every carLooking for investment related links checkout these articles:Investing in GoldInvesting in Mutual FundsHow to become the next millionaireHome based businessesInvesting In Mutual FundsGet Rich QuickThanks for visiting please check out my other blogs and websites: Investment and Financial TipsBuy School UniformsDigitial camerasAffordable Website Design[...]
2007-03-13T19:03:21.774-07:00HONDA PREPARES DIESEL ENGINE FOR U.S. Honda Motor Co. says it is developing a four-cylinder diesel engine to offer in some of the vehicles it sells in the U.S. by the end of the decade, Automotive News reports. It wasn’t clear whether Honda is developing a new engine or modifying either the 1.7- or 2.2-liter diesel it currently offers in Europe.
2006-01-14T04:21:36.006-08:00EPA Mileage Tests to be Updated Existing Tests Don't Reflect Actual Driving Conditions January 10, 2006 The Environmental Protection Agency plans to announce new tests to determine automobile and truck gasoline mileage estimates that will more accurately reflect the actual mileage drivers see with their cars and trucks.The new tests and standards will begin with the 2008 model year.Consumer advocates have repeatedly criticized the existing EPA mileage estimates as inaccurate and have called on the agency to update its tests that were first developed in the 1970s.Modern automotive technology and changing driving demands make the EPA's laboratory numbers misleading at best. The EPA tests fail to take into account clogged commuter roads as well as high speed interstate driving.Last year Consumer Reports said that of 303 vehicles it tested, 90 percent failed to achieve the mileage standards stated on the vehicle’s window sticker. Some of the tested vehicles missed the mark by as much as 50 percent.The EPA estimates are important to automakers. They use the numbers to meet federal fuel economy standards.Most recently, hybrid drivers have complained that the EPA estimates and manufacturer claims are inaccurate.The controversy over Prius mileage continues as many owners tell ConsumerAffairs.Com that the hybrids are not living up to their EPA estimates. Deborah in Louisville joins a growing number of Prius owners complaining about the EPA estimates and Toyota’s mileage claims of 60 mpg in the city and 55 on the highway."After six months of tracking," she writes, "the best mileage I ever got was 43 miles per gallon. Most often my mileage is between 30-36 miles per gallon and that is no better than cars I have had in the past. I am very disappointed in (their) fraudulent advertising and the money I have shelled out only to be disappointed."Toyota continues to insist that it just is not possible for a properly driven Prius to achieve such poor mileage and blames the results on driver error, not the EPA mileage estimates or company claims.Carol in Evanston, Illinois found her actual Prius mileage far below the Toyota and EPA numbers."When my husband and I first bought the car in August 2005, the average mileage came in at around 55 mph, which I thought was pretty good since I drive 60 miles for work each day. But after a month or two, the mileage began to go down, and right now in December I'm hovering around 42 to 44 miles per gallon," Carol wrote."This is very disappointing, especially since I'm very careful to watch the display, watch my foot pressure on the accelerator, keep the air conditioning off," she said.The new EPA mileage tests will be phased in two stages. The first stage will begin with 2008 model-year vehicles and will lower mileage estimates to reflect the drain of air-conditioning and other high technology and equipment now part of modern vehicles.Phase one could cut mileage estimates by as much as 13 percent.Phase two begins with the 2011 model year. The specifics of those tests that the EPA is contemplating are unclear but the mileage estimates are likely to include emissions as well as mileage.After the EPA formally proposes the changes, the agency will have 90 days for public comment before taking final action.Currently the EPA tests mileage for city driving as well as highway driving. City driving speeds are limited to 52 mph and highway speeds do not exceed 60 mph.The tests are conducted at room temperature with the vehicle's air-conditioning turned off.The agency tests only about 10% of new models, relying on automakers to use the guidelines to test[...]
2007-03-13T19:03:21.775-07:00Record high gas prices pushed U.S. consumers to consider the new generation of clean-running, quiet diesels. The newest U.S. offering is the Jeep Liberty which easily exceeded it sales goal of 5000 units. As of December 22, 2005 the 8240 were sold by the Jeep brand.
2007-03-13T19:01:03.236-07:00Toyota offers a fair number of gas guzzling SUVs and large pickups. However, they have managed to keep their image clean by featuring fuel effiencient vehicles such as the Prius Hybrid. Toyota started focusing on Hybrid by in the 1990's, their cars offer distinctive aerodynamic styling and feature vehicles that get almost 60 miles per gallon (MPG).
2006-01-08T06:03:03.036-08:00GM focus on the ecocology and fuel savings in last December's LA autoshow.
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2005-12-18T05:03:30.406-08:00Do you live in an area with a lot of snow? Are you reluctant do drive a vehicle without 4WD or AWD? Are you concerned about high gas prices and the fact that you may need to make a choice of either living in your car or your house in order to pay for gas? Well you have options. There are several four wheel drive (4WD) or all wheel drive (AWD) models available on the market today and several of them get reasonable fuel ecomonomy for a truck based vehicle.
2005-12-17T20:35:25.666-08:00Ford Motor Co. has announced a new 3.5-liter V-6 that fits into the same space as the engine it replaces but generates 23% more power. The engine will be mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission that Ford says will improve highway fuel economy by 7% compared to a conventional fourspeed automatic. Ford developed the transmission in partnership with General Motors Corp. Ford plans to debut the new engine-transmission combo next fall in the front-drive Ford Edge and Lincoln Aviator crossover vehicles. The company estimates about 20% of its vehicles on the road by 2010 will use the new engine. It previously forecast that six-speed transmissions will grow to 15% of the North American market by 2010 and 50% by 2015.