Hyundai’s fleet of cars and SUVs will all have a combined fuel economy rating of 50 miles per gallon minimum by 2025. At least that’s the goal Hyundai is trying to attain by that time. They are already close, as Hyundai has had one of the best fleet fuel economies of any automaker in the United States.
"We don’t know specifically how to get there, but we do have a roadmap," said Hyundai Motor America top executive John Krafcik at the 2010 CAR Management Briefing Seminars, according to published reports.
The Hyundai Sonata has a combined economy rating of 26 miles per gallon and it can even get 40 mpg on the highway if driven carefully. The car is only offered with a four-cylinder motor and it’s selling like hotcakes.
“If we had the capacity in our Alabama plant, we think we could be doing 20,000 Sonatas a month,” Krafcik said.
The step by Hyundai is much larger than the government’s mandatory 35.5 mpg rating by 2016. It should interesting, if we are all still around at that time, to see how they do it.
Now that the States may be receiving a diesel variant for the ol’ Porsche Cayenne, it’s fitting that we take a look at a tuning package for the luxury SUV. As of right now, Americans may not be all too interested in a diesel from Porsche, but things change rapidly and we want to be prepared for it. The new tuning package comes from Lumma Design, who recently prepared a monstrous cosmetic package for the petrol version of the Cayenne.
For the diesel variant now being sold in Europe, Lumma Design has opted to not only give it a cosmetic makeover, but an engine makeover as well. A D-box plug and play kit has been added that increases the Cayenne’s horsepower from 240 to 276. The torque also gets a jump from 550 to 630Nm. This change allows the SUV to get noticeable savings in fuel consumption. Who doesn’t love that? And if you want to add a little flare under the hood as well, then Lumma can also provide the consumer with an engine optics package. This package consists of red-coated covers and a crest logo made of metal.
Hit the jump for the full story plus the press release.
The Chevrolet Volt has been the center of news recently and to be honest, we’re a bit tired of it. Alas, one more piece of news has just come to the surface. It seems that owners of the Volt, after they have traveled the 40 miles or so on the electric batteries, will need to fill their cars up with premium petrol.
That’s right, premium. Drivers must pay at the pump in order to be a part of this Earth saving movement. So, not only are you paying a massive amount for the car itself, you are paying more at the pump. It seems odd to us that the small 1.4-liter 80 horsepower motor would need the high-grade juice, but we’re sure there’s a reason.
Really though, is this a big deal? Premium petrol isn’t all that much more and it shouldn’t cost owners that much extra to fill the car up. Not to mention you won’t have to visit the petrol stations that often, hence the reason for the Volt.
It should be interesting to see how the Volt will work on a daily basis once it’s released.
For those of you racking your brains on what the next source of fuel is going to be, you might just want to skip all of that brainstorming and head on over to your nearest convenience store to scoop up a bottle of Coke and a pack of Mentos.
Okay, it’s not really an answer to fuel-efficiency, but it sure sounds like a fun thing to do.
Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz - two dorky scientist names, if there ever were two - experimented with the new Coke/Mentos fuel combination and walked away with some pretty amazing results. What they did was attach a rather sophisticated-looking PVC pipe crate on their customized tricycle, poured 108 two-liter Coke Zero bottles and dropped 684 tablets of Mentos. The result, as you can see in the videos before and after the jump, is one that all of us ought to try in an empty parking lot one of these days. Like we said, it may not be all that economical, but it’s sure going to be one heck of a ride.
Traditional gas is going to be a thing of the past if General Motors has a say in it. And guess what? They do. General Motors has teamed up with Hawaii’s major gas energy provider, The Gas Company (TGC) to provide hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles in that state. Currently, Hawaii utilized imported petroleum for about 90% of their energy according to Charles Freese, executive director of GM Global Fuel Cell Activities, and pilot project with General Motors will hopefully dramatically decrease that number soon.
TGC currently produces hydrogen and synthetic natural gas and flows it along the utility gas stream. This process already in place will allow for a smooth transition into providing local fueling stations with hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles.
“This is the type of enabler that a hydrogen transportation infrastructure needs because it addresses both the source of the hydrogen and a feasible way to deliver it for fuel cell vehicle use,” said Freese. “The Hawaii infrastructure could eventually support tens of thousands of fuel cell vehicles.”
Check out full story and the slide show from the presentation of General Motor’s hydrogen collaboration project with The Gas Company of Hawaii after the jump.
On top of all the cars that automakers are turning out that replace the use of gas by some percentage, automakers are also trying to “green up” the way they make their cars. It’s not always just about the engine when building a car and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate day to highlight Ford’s efforts to use more bio-based materials in their attempt to “go greener”.
Currently, Ford’s vehicles are 85% recyclable by weight and Ford is trying to focus more on using recyclable and reusable materials with the hope that one day Ford’s vehicles can be 100% recyclable. They have been able to get one step closer to this goal by using soy and bio-based materials to produce cushions and seatbacks in 10 of their current models. The Ford Mustang, F-150, Focus, Flex, Escape, Expedition and Econoline as well as Mercury Mariner, Lincoln MKS, and Navigator all feature this earth-friendly material. The brand’s introduction of the 2011 Ford Taurus will now make 11 of these greenies.
"By increasing the use of recycled or renewable content and reducing the use of undesirable materials whenever possible, we’re helping to reduce waste to landfills by millions of pounds – and we’re doing it around the world," said John Viera, Ford’s director of Sustainability and Environmental Policy. "More than ever before, the spirit of ONE Ford that drives our global product strategy also drives our commitment to sustainability."
Hit the jump for the full story and press release.
The price for fuel, along with the concern for overuse of fuel and its effect on the environment, has been increasing dramatically over time. Evidence of this would be the growing trend that is the hybrid and electric automobiles, but, even with the technological advancement of these types of vehicle, the abolishment of gasoline-powered engines is far from becoming a reality. We believe this is the reason Ford has developed their MyFord Touch system with the ECO-Route option. The MyFord Touch system enables drivers to get better gas mileage by “coaching” them on their fuel economy performance and the Eco-Route option provides the most fuel efficient route a driver could take based on calculating historical and real-time traffic data in conjunction with the posted speed limits. Ford even adds a cute little picture of growing leaves and flowers to “promote” fuel efficient driving (really?). Yes, really, unfortunately that is what it takes to save money and the environment.
Hit the jump for the full story plus some fuel-saving tips.
We have all been stuck in bumper to bumper traffic traveling to or from work at some point in our lives. The frustration, the anguish, the need to flick someone off when they just don’t know how to drive; are the ever existing dramas we experience on a day to day basis. We can’t say that AAA can change any of that, but we can bring you AAA’s top vehicle picks for commuters and hope that finding the right vehicle can improve safety and comfortability during those times of utter despair.
The average motorists spends about 41 minutes of their day going to or from work traveling about 22.5 miles during that time. With that in mind, AAA has reviewed and tested hundreds of vehicles based on practicality, safety, comfort, fuel efficiency, and affordability to provide readers with the top choices for these commuters. And, don’t worry; AAA has also taken into account the longer list of bells and whistles that come along with being comfortable in your ride by providing a second list that takes those aspects into account. Highlights from these lists include: Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Chevrolet Corvette, Mercedes-Benz GL, and BMW 3-Series.
Follow the jump for the extensive list of vehicles that can quite possibly eliminate the need for anger management plus the official press release.
A startup company by the name of Transonic Combustion has developed a new fuel injection system that delivers 64MPG as opposed to the 51MPG that tops the hybrid class to date. Transonic Combustion Technology-TSCi Fuel Injection differs from direct injection systems by using supercritical fluids and igniting the fuel with no spark.
“The key is heating and pressurizing gasoline before injecting it into the combustion chamber,” says Mike Rocke, Transonic vice president of business development. “This puts it into a supercritical state that allows for very fast and clean combustion, which in turn decreases the amount of fuel needed to propel a vehicle.”
Once the fuel has been injected into the chamber the heat and pressure alone are enough to cause the fuel to combust without a spark. “One key question is the impact the high pressures and temperatures will have on how long the engine lasts,” Rocke says.
We can’t wait to find out the answer to that question and will keep you posted on any further developments.
But for now, follow the jump to learn more about this phenomenal breakthrough.
In another nod at green racing, the German automaker Volkswagen has just launched the Scirocco Bio-CNG-powered race series for 2010. With CO2 emissions reduced by 80%, the new Scirocco Cup will become the most eco-friendly one-make championship in the world, making it even more environmentally friendly than their previous Jetta TDICup. The Scirocco Cup car is based on the standard TSI unit that is fitted in the road going Scirocco, the Bio-CNG-racing version of the 2.0 Liter four pot develops a maximum output of 215 HP and 203 lb-ft of torque from the alternative fuel burning internal combustion engine.
In order to run a compressed natural gas setup, the Sciroccos are fitted with a 22 liter fuel tank mounted directly behind the driver and is protected by the race car’s roll cage. The so-called Bio-CNG that the Volkswagen Scirocco Cup cars will burn is produced from renewable resources such as grass or a special type of corn as well as from refined biological waste. In order to house the alternative fuel, the tanks themselves are made from a composite material and a series of stainless steel pipes and special valves are added which are required for CNG operation. The Scirocco Cup racing cars will use tried and tested components from Volkswagen production models with CNG engines ensuring that the competition cars are not only reliable, but that the innovations learned on the racetrack will be directly applicable to their street cars.