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Most Efficient Non-Hybrid Car

EPA ratings of the newly introduced Chevrolet 2014 Cruze were 46 MPG at highway speeds and 27 mpg within residential areas. In combined driving, the rating was at 33 mpg. The turbo-powered, clean-diesel engine was stated to be more efficient than other engines that power passenger cars with  onventional sources of energy. The diesel design will be available for purchase in some select regions this spring season, while it will hit the Canadian market at the start of fall.

Technical Specifications

The tech specs of the car include a 6-speed transmission gear, which is automatic and on a full tank of gas, the car is estimated to cover about 700 miles (about 10 driving hours). Chief Engineer of the Cruze, Gary Altman, said that the 2-liter engine was designed using expert experience that has been accumulated over the years. It has also been made to adapt to the conditions of the North American market. He praised the Cruze engine, saying that it is undoubtedly the best in the current market and will reshape consumers’ view on efficient fuel consumption.

Compared to the Jetta

The car’s minimum price is $ 25,695 and the carmaker, General Motors, say that the car is a much better value for money than the VW Jetta TDI automatic. Jetta comes with an engine power of 140 hp and its highway speed rating is at 42 mpg. In comparison, the Cruze has larger wheels, a longer car warranty, a better infotainment system and even a maintenance plan for two years. While looking at its performance, the Cruze challenges its rivals with a bhp (basic horsepower) of 148 and can start from a complete stop to 60 miles per hour in 8.6 seconds. The Jetta however, outshines the Chevy when it comes to residential driving since it is rated higher at 30 mpg. Currently, the automatic Jetta can be purchased with $24,885

The compact, four-door sedan is also more environmentally friendly as compared to its predecessors, since its nitrogen oxide and other harmful particle emissions is 90% less. The cars mpg rating and fuel economy matches that of the Toyota Prius C subcompact, a hybrid car. As it stands, over two million cars of the entire Cruze family have been bought worldwide since the first in the line was introduced in 2010. The turbo diesel had been unveiled at the recent Chicago motor show and the rating was actually 4 mpg higher than the earlier estimations and predictions.




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Toyota Hybrid Sales Hits 5 Million

In an announcement made by Toyota Motor Corporation, it was revealed that the company had made over 5 million worldwide sales of its hybrid models.

Impressive Sales

In the United States alone, over 2 million hybrids had been purchased under the company’s Lexus and Toyota versions. More than 61,600 of the company’s hybrids have been purchased in the Canadian market, accounting for over 80% of the total hybrid sales in the North American region. The brands under the Toyota and Lexus logos compose 70% of the hybrid sales in the U.S. auto market, and comprise 16% of all sales made under the same logos. Currently, the hybrid market takes up 3% of the auto industry in the United States. Globally, there are 19 alternative powered Toyota and Lexus models and a plug-in version that is on sale in over 80 countries. Of these models, there are seven Toyota hybrid versions and five Lexus versions being driven in the United States. The Prius model was the company’s first hybrid car, and since its first sale in 2000, it continues to gain a loyal following in the U.S.

Beneficial to the Economy

Further information included in the statement showed that the sales made by Toyota helped save the environment from a total of 34 million tons on emissions in the form of carbon monoxide. For a long time, environmental watchdogs have been demanding that carmakers improve their products such that they do not harm the environment as much. As is stands, gasoline powered engines emit high levels of carbon monoxide, which is harmful to the ozone layer. Projections made by the company estimate there will be 18 new, greener models before 2016 and the sales will be around 1 million units yearly, with a third of those sales being in the U.S.

In terms of fuel economy, the automakers were proud to announce that their sales have saved the consumer over 3 billion gallons of gas. With the ever rising cost of fuel and the hazy outlook of the economy, this is indeed good news. In the U.S. alone, it was reported that the consumer was saving close to 500 million petroleum gallons as a result of more than 50 hybrid model cars on the roads. An engineer with a senior position at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory under the Department of Energy (DOE) was quoted saying that hybrid engines have come a long way since their initial development twenty years ago, after research conducted by the department in conjunction with the automotive industry.




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