Vehicle Efficiency Improvements

November 24, 2009

I want to try to list steps that car makers could/should take to improve the fuel efficiency, in approximate order of cost: The most obvious improvement to cars, would be to mold the plastic on the front of the vehicle to be smooth and round, with grill openings that are sized (and placed) only as […]

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2009 VW Jetta TDi Fuel Economy Review: 41.1 MPG

October 12, 2009

[singlepic id=116 w=580] For more pictures, see the gallery at the end of the post. The other day I finally got behind the wheel of a the much-lauded Jetta TDI, aka the diesel that could. Despite efforts from all the automakers to get diesels a favorable light in the North American market, it has always […]

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Project IRX: Insight-CRX Renaissance Experiment [Part I]

September 1, 2009

In an effort to increase the blog’s focus on ecomodding and some of the great content that comes out of our users, I’ve decided to begin a series of posts on an ongoing project coming out of my own garage. The idea of swapping a Honda Insight hybrid drivetrain into my CRX began at this […]

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Honda Uses F1 Engineers to Race Towards High Fuel Economy

August 31, 2009

Honda has had a long legacy in racing, from its early days racing motorcycles to its recent success as an engine supplier to other top-teir racing teams. However, last year Honda ended it’s relatively short-lived F1 team under cost-cutting pressures brought on by the larger downturn in the automotive industry. Now, Honda has taken that […]

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Modified Honda CRX HF Scores 118 MPG in Fuel Economy Run

August 28, 2009

In the pantheon of very efficient production cars, there are perhaps three Hondas that truly stand out: the first generation Insight hybrid, the lean burn Civic VX, and the CRX HF. Recently, a CRX HF owner further cemented that car’s status on the list by achieving a stunning 118 mpg (US) in a fuel economy […]

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BMW Steps Up Luxury Fuel Efficiency Game with 57 MPG Diesel 3-Series

August 26, 2009

Luxury brands from across the globe have been working hard to offer fuel efficiency and and low emissions without compromising the creature comforts that define the luxury segment. Not only will efficient vehicles quiet some of critics of luxury brands, but they will help keep the American and European regulators from levying heavy fines on […]

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EcoModder Takes Home Four Awards at the AMEC Fuel Economy Run

August 24, 2009

This weekend marked the third annual Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club’s fuel economy competition, which takes place on the beautiful back roads just to the west of Albany, NY. This was the first year that EcoModder came out to the event, and it was definitely a great time. Event organizer Mike Kamm included, 7 EcoModders came […]

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U.S. Introduction of Scion iQ Possibly Moved up to 2010

August 18, 2009

httpv:// When the Scion debuted its iQ Concept at the New York International Auto Show, there was no solid word on when or if the car would be coming to the United States. The early word is that the car, which has already been successful in Japan and Europe, would come to North America in […]

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