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EPA Delays Biofuel Renewable Fuel Standard Decision

EPA Delays Biofuel Renewable Fuel Standard Decision

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Friday that it was postponing the issuance of final Renewable Fuel Standards, the rule that set the levels of biofuel that would be required to be blended into convention fuels, for 2014.
In a brief statement on its website, the agency said that the delay …

Mercedes-Benz Announces New Naming Conventions for Models

Mercedes-Benz Announces New Naming Conventions for Models

Stuttgart Retires BlueTec Name in Favor of Simple ‘d’
In an effort to simplify its model names, Mercedes-Benz announced a significant change in the nomenclature it uses for its line and also that it was bringing back the Maybach brand.
The Stuttgart-based automaker says that the new naming system is “simple, clear, …

U.S. Fines Kia, Hyundai Record $300 Million for Overstating Fuel Economy

U.S. Fines Kia, Hyundai Record $300 Million for Overstating Fuel Economy

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice jointly announced that two Korean automakers would pay record penalties to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act in which they inaccurately labeled the fuel economy of their vehicles.
Hyundai and Kia sold 1.2 million vehicles that omitted 4.75 million metric tons of …

Porsche Reports Uptick in Sales for October

Porsche Reports Uptick in Sales for October

Porsche Cars North America announced financial results for October 2014. The company’s total sales in October were up 2.9%, selling 3,667 vehicles as compared to 3,562 from October 2013.
Porsche’s 911 and 918 models saw the biggest increase in sales, selling 979 vehicles as compared to 748 from the previous October. …

Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Trend Downward

Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Trend Downward

Across the nation, the average price of diesel fuel has plummeted, down $0.19 to $3.63 since Labor Day eight weeks ago according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, the price of gasoline is down $0.18 in the past week to $3.05, 40 cents less than it was over Labor …

Tesla Debuts Dual-Motor All-Wheel-Drive Model S

Tesla Debuts Dual-Motor All-Wheel-Drive Model S

Tesla Motors unveiled a dual-motor electric vehicle on Thursday as well as a number of driver assistance features.
With some of the panache of an Apple product launch, Tesla founder Elon Musk unveiled an all-electric Model S sedan with an additional front motor and drive system.  The new vehicle will be …

Report from Paris: BMW’s Drop-Top and X6, Audi’s 4-Door TT, the AMG GT Edition 1, and a Plug-In Lamborghini

Report from Paris: BMW’s Drop-Top and X6, Audi’s 4-Door TT, the AMG GT Edition 1, and a Plug-In Lamborghini

BMW unveiled the new 2 Series Convertible as well as the new X6.  The 2 Series Convertible is the successor to the 1 Series Convertible.  The new drop-top starts with the 2 Series Coupe, with similar powertrain options, and adds open-air touring to the mix.
The new BMW X6, while fully …

Report from Paris: Infiniti Flagship and Ducati-Powered VW

Report from Paris: Infiniti Flagship and Ducati-Powered VW

On the eve of the start of the 2014 Paris Motor Show, several automakers got a jump on the show’s opening with private unveilings of their concept cars.
Infiniti showed off its Q80 Inspiration concept, a very large luxury flagship, Wednesday evening.
“Q80 Inspiration is a concept vehicle, but there is a …

Electric Vehicle Sales Shorting Out

Electric Vehicle Sales Shorting Out

At a time when automakers are bringing more electric vehicles onto the market, buyer enthusiasm for them seems to be running out of gas.
While car sales have been higher than at any time in the past decade (August topped out at 1.6 million vehicles), electric and hybrid vehicles only comprised …

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record August Sales

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record August Sales

Mercedes-Benz announced financial results for August 2014.  The company reported total sales of 27,078 vehicles last month, a year-over-year increase of 9.4% from 24,761 units sold.  The sales set a new record for the highest August sales volume in the company’s history.
Sales for the month were driven by strong performance …

Labor Day Fuel Prices Lowest in Decade

Labor Day Fuel Prices Lowest in Decade

Drivers filling up their tanks for the holiday weekend paid substantially as fuel prices were at their lowest Labor Day level since 2010, while the number of people expected to be on the road will be the highest since 2008.
Across the nation, the average price of diesel dropped almost $0.014 …

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: Six-Month Review and Report

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: Six-Month Review and Report

If you’re an automotive journalist who regularly reviews cars, there’s nothing like 14 winter storms in your neck of the woods to stop you dead in your tracks.
Few automakers equip their cars with winter tires and no-season (our term for all-season) tires aren’t effective for driving following a significant snowfall.
In …