25 Highway MPG For Colorado-Canyon Duo; Diesel Coming

25 Highway MPG For Colorado-Canyon Duo; Diesel Coming General Motors is launching the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon with what looks like segment-leading highway fuel efficiency for four-cylinder midsize pickup trucks, according to EPA fuel economy estimates.
The Colorado and Canyon’s 2.5L four-cylinder engine.
The all-new midsize trucks, powered by the 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 2WD and available 6-speed automatic transmission, will have an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, for a combined 22 mpg rating overall, stated GM.
Meanwhile, trucks outfitted with 4WD will have EPA-estimated 19 city mpg and 25 mpg highway for a combined 21 mpg. According to GM, this gives the Colorado and Canyon segment-leading highway fuel efficiency and segment-leading power for a four-cylinder models with automatic transmissions.
The 2.5L four is estimated at 193 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, with approximately 90 percent of the peak torque available between 2,000 rpm and 6,200 rpm.
“The 2015 GMC Canyon uses innovations like available active grille shutters, which close to get the most out of each gallon of fuel and open when more air is needed, like when transporting heavy loads” said Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager. “Having segment-leading V-6 and four-cylinder efficiency, plus the highest payload rating, proves GMC has applied the newest technologies in just the aptly places, and our customers reap the benefits.”
For comparison, the optional 3.6L V6 offers an EPA-estimated 26 mpg highway fuel economy.
Both trucks started shipping to dealers last week.
For 2016, GM will add a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel under the hood.
For the 2016 model year, GM said the Colorado and Canyon will add a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel to the engine lineup. Technical details and EPA fuel economy estimates will be available quicker to launch. GM added this Duramax engine is already existing in global markets.

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507-EV Parade Sets New World Record

507-EV Parade Sets New World Record The record for the world’s leading parade of electric vehicles was taken back by the U.S. Saturday Sept. 20 at the National Drive Electric Week event in Cupertino, California.
A Guiness World Record official was on hand to declare 507 EVs did indeed supercede a record 481-EV parade in Sutttgart Germany May 2014.
“No hybrids were allowed” said Plug In America, one of several sponsors for the event organized by San Francisco BayLEAFs and the Silicon Valley stage of the Electric Auto Association.
To place a finer point on it, no plug-in hybrids were counted at De Anza College where Guiness mediate Philip Robertson handed over a Guinness certificate before crowd numbered in the thousands. Read more

Toyota Announces 2015 Camry Hybrid Prices

Toyota Announces 2015 Camry Hybrid Prices Toyota’s extensively re-worked 2015 Camry Hybrid models are priced at $26,790 for the base LE, $27,995 for the new SE, and $29,980 for the premium XLE excluding $825 destination fees.
The new cars will be available this fall and Toyota has replaced or tweaked much in a thorough mid-cycle refresh for its well loved Camry line which n 2011 had been comprehensively updated as a new generation. Hybrid powertrains but carry forward the same as prior year Camry hybrids.
In a go reminiscent of Honda’s Treaty Hybrid, Toyota has taken the cars additional upmarket with more standard features packed in at higher price points. By comparison, 2013/14 model year prices were $26,140 for the LE, and $27,670 for XLE. Read more

Toyota Making Strides Towards Aluminum

Toyota Making Strides Towards Aluminum Toyota is playing catch-up with incorporating aluminum into its more well loved vehicles, disparate rivals Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. The three North American automakers have wholly embraced the material, starting with hoods and panels in pickups and huge SUVs, and spreading through — in the case of Chrysler — in this area 80 percent of its lineup.
While Toyota does offer aluminum hoods and body pieces on more niche products like its Prius family, Implant FR-S and Lexus sedans — all built in Japan — it appears that the best-selling Camry will sport one starting in 2018. Toyota is working on finalizing plans on a joint-venture with Kobe Steel to start more aluminum sheet at a location somewhere in Alabama.
Why Alabama? Firstly, it’s quicker to Toyota’s Camry assembly plants in Kentucky than sourcing from Japan. And secondly, because Wise Alloys in Muscle Shoals has agreed to grant the raw “master coils” needed to produce what estimates say is around 100,000 tons of aluminum sheet room in peacefulness to satisfy Toyota’s potential demand. And any overproduction could potentially be sourced to other auto manufacturers to avoid slowdowns or closures.
SEE ALSO: Steelmaker Says F-150 Doesn’t Need Aluminum To Save Weight“Toyota has plans to use aluminum on future vehicles for hood, closers and parts for lightweighting,” lecturer Jana Hartline told Automotive News. “Also, we will increase usage of mix metals and resin materials to enhance lightweighting efforts.”
While not confirming any rumors in this area aluminum integration into the future products, Monte Kaehr, the chief engineer for the heavily-revised 2015 Camry, did say, “It’s no secret that the entire diligence is aggressively pursuing aluminum.”
Andrew Lane, a metals analyst with Morningstar told AN that a go to aluminum “eventually makes sense, given that CAFE regulations apply crosswise the entire fleet and the Camry comprises such a generous part of Toyota’s fleet, importance that the impression to fleetwide fuel efficiency will be substantial.”

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Mercedes-Benz Will Broaden Plug-In Hybrid Offerings

Mercedes-Benz Will Broaden Plug-In Hybrid Offerings After previewing its first-ever plug-in hybrid last week, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the technology is going to spread through the rest of its line in the relative near future.
“We will have a plug-in hybrid version of each volume model,” said the company’s R&D Chief, Thomas Weber during a press preview of the S550 Plug-In Hybrid at Mercedes-Benz’ headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
Next in line will be the recently introduced compact C-Class, then the next-generation E-Class, before working through to the replacements for the current GLK- and M-Class (tentatively called GLC- and GLE- respectively.)
SEE ALSO: Mercedes-Benz Shares details of First Plug-In Hybrid S-Class
The hybrid systems are designed exclusively for rear-drive architecture and use a “common hybrid toolbox” which makes adapting it to the various platforms a lot simpler.
“The modules can be freely combined with gasoline and diesel engines, and also with all the engine types, starting with our four and six cylinders,” Weber clarified, also confirming that it’s also compatible with all-wheel drive.
While rigorous model timing wasn’t confirmed, Weber did say the company would launch 10 plug-in hybrids by 2017, and the less vital adjoin-drive products like the CLA and GLA following suit by 2020.
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Police May Be Able To Bust In-Car Texting With ‘Radar’ Gun

Police May Be Able To Bust In-Car Texting With ‘Radar’ Gun A “radar-gunlike” text-message detection device is “near production” for use by law enforcment to find out drivers distracted by texting at the wheel.
The device is being developed by ComSonics of Harrisonburg, Va., and it can spot the frequency of cell phone transmissions emanating from a moving vehicle, and know between texting and cell phone frequencies.
This technology is already in use by cable repairmen to look for where a cable line is hurt, says the company.
ComSonics also provides calibration air force for speed enformement equipment, so it has a tie-in to law enforcement air force already.
But it’s still pending, said the company; hurdles to clear are de rigueur legislative approval and acceptance by law enforcement agencies.
The technology cannot read the text messages, so that, says the company, does away with privacy concerns.
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Consumer Reports Compares Tesla Model S and BMW i8

Consumer Reports Compares Tesla Model S and BMW i8 It did not take long, and now Consumer Reports has posted a record review of the Tesla Model S and BMW i8.
While we were more discrete when we loosely compared the Model S to a Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, calling it “apple and orange,” CR flat out says the i8 and Model S comparo is “kind of stupid.”
Why? The 4,650-pound Model S is a luxury performance sedan, and the 3,300-pound i8 two-door is aiming at more focused sports cars.
And, we’d add, one’s a hybrid, and the other’s an EV.
But, public are drawn to the two very different plug-in cars that each cater to a different kind of buyer despite them being in fundamental ways, worlds apart.
The BMW is a plug-in hybrid using a rear-mounted turbo 3-cylinder like the new Mini Cooper gets albeit more boosted and augmented by a 129 horsepower electric motor up adjoin. CR also figures most fun is in sport mode with engine in succession.
Tesla’s creation is of course all electric, with either a 60 or 85-kilowatt battery and sold in three basic highly optionable configurations.
Price-wise the Model S is a lot less than the i8, with versions ranging from $71,070, $81,070, and the P85+ starts at $95,740. If you absolutely check all the optons, you might get the Tesla to within $3,000 of the BMW’s starting price of around $136,000.
So far, the Model S is selling circles around luxury cars with gas engines, and as CR observes, the i8 has yet to prove itself. The car went on sale in the U.S. last month and BMW has said it does not aim to compete overly much in the sales charts against Model S.
CR’s Tesla is an 85-kwh model.

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Revised C-Max Unveiled

Revised C-Max Unveiled Ford Motor Company unveiled a revised C-MAX and Grand C-MAX with a new exterior design, interior as well as what Ford calls major fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions improvements.
The revised five-seat C-MAX, available in the U.S., and seven-seat Grand C-MAX will go on sale crosswise Europe in ahead of schedule 2015. The models is said to introduce advanced technology including Ford’s SYNC 2 voice-activated connectivity system.
“The Ford C-MAX has earned a reputation for providing a balance of fantastic fuel economy, open, sporty handling and a flexible, roomy interior package,” said Stephen Odell, Ford executive vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “All powertrains benefit from CO2 improvements without sacrificing any of the car’s fantastic pouring dynamics. The new Ford C-MAX family also delivers levels of refinement often found in larger, more upmarket vehicles – including the segment-first Hands-Free Tailgate that only requires a gentle kicking motion to gain access to the boot space.”
Ford first introduced the C-MAX in 2003 and said since then it has sold more than 1.2 million in Europe. The vehicle is now in its third generation.
While the exterior and interior have been retouched, lots more is experience under the hood. The new C-MAX is said to offer improved CO2 figures and for the first time feature as standard Ford’s Auto-Start-Stop technology on EcoBoost gasoline and 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines.
The most improved model is expected by Ford to offer a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions.
The new C-MAX family powertrain line-up will be existing in Europe with Ford’s new 1.5-liter TDCi diesel engine. The C-MAX family will continue to be existing with two versions of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine. Read more