Archives for Green Cars

How Does the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Stack Up Against the Chevette Diesel?

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Nearly thirty years ago, you could have walked into the local Chevrolet dealership and ordered a Chevette CS two-door hatchback with an Isuzu-sourced 1.8-liter diesel inline-four for $6152. That’d be roughly $13,000 in 2013 currency — today, you could get a brand-new, base Nissan Versa with more safety equipment and trunk space. A four-door hatch ...

Addicted to Torque: Top 10 Diesels We Want in the U.S. Now

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Just a decade ago, the consumer diesel market in America was practically nonexistent. Aside from domestic full-sized trucks, Volkswagen was one of the only automakers catering to diehard diesel loyalists. Those Volkswagen TDI drivers may have been oil-burning oddballs, but they also lead the way to the resurgence of modern and clean diesel cars in ...

New JCESR Consortium Aims to Make U.S. a Battery Powerhouse

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In an effort to bolster battery science and manufacturing prospects in the United States and stay on top of a global industry valued at $42 billion – and growing about 8 percent annually – the Department of Energy is set to fund the new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, to the tune of up ...

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Priced at $25,695, Hits 42 MPG Highway

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GM is answering consumers’ pleas for a diesel-powered compact car: This summer, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will roll into showrooms with a $25,695 price that includes the destination charge and a two-year maintenance plan. Unlike the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the 2014 Cruze Diesel is only offered in one, well-equipped model, and only with a ...

Build it Your Way: 2014 Chevrolet Volt – 1.4L Turbo, 2.0L Turbo, or 2.0L Diesel? With Poll

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Love it or hate it, the Chevrolet Volt is a technological marvel. It’s an electric vehicle that seamlessly switches to a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated I-4 to charge its battery once it’s out of juice. According to Inside EVs, the Volt’s 1.4-liter I-4 will be replaced in the 2014 Volt by a version of the gas-powered ...

Spied! 2014 Chevrolet Impala Eco Sports Unique Grille

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When GM first released details on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, the automaker said it would be available with three powertrains: the base 2.5-liter Ecotec I-4, the green 2.4-liter eAssist mild hybrid, and GM’s trusty 3.6-liter V-6 – all mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Our spy photographer recently spied a pair of Impala Eco models ...

Three More Miles: 2013 Chevrolet Volt Re-Rated at 38 Miles of EV Range, 98 MPGe

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The Chevrolet Volt has just been retested by the EPA and has seen an uptick in its all-electric range. The Volt is now rated at 98 MPGe, and can now go up to 38 miles on electric-only power. That’s an increase of 3 miles in EV mode and 4 extra MPGe. New Hold Mode Chevrolet also confirmed ...

We Hear: Army and Navy Buying Chevrolet Volts for Domestic Use

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The Chevrolet Volt is taking on a new challenge: serving on U.S. military bases around the country. While the Volt electric car won’t be tasked with combat duty, it will help the military reduce its dependence on fossil fuels for short trips. In July, the Marine Corps base in Miramar, California acquired two Chevrolet Volts that ...

Electric Motor Issue: 2013 Chevrolet Volt Software Getting Reflashed

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General Motors is updating the software on certain 2013 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid vehicles to fix an anomaly that could shut down the electric motor while driving, GM spokeswoman Michelle Malcho tells us. A few Volt owners have reported the issue to the automaker, saying that the electric motor temporarily stopped working after using the ...

2013 Chevrolet Spark EPA-Rated at 28/37 MPG Automatic, 32/38 MPG Manual

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The 2013 Chevrolet Spark now has official EPA mileage numbers to accompany its $12,995 base price. The 2013 Spark with a four-speed automatic is good for 28/37 mpg city/highway while the 2013 Spark with the five-speed manual is rated 32/38 mpg. Those fuel economy numbers may not be class-leading, but the 2013 Spark’s $12,995 base price ...