fuel efficient cars

40 Miles Per Gallon Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be

Fuel efficiency is on the mind of a lot of car shoppers these days, and automakers have responded with more vehicles that get 40 miles per gallon -- or better. But that great mileage may not be a great deal for your wallet.

Automakers' Next Big Worry: A Sales Slowdown in China

The major players in the auto industry have had it rough in the past few years, first with the massive sales declines caused by the recession, and more recently, with the disaster in Japan. But the next challenge they face is already looming on the horizon: A slowdown in Chinese car sales.

Just What Detroit's Revival Doesn't Need Now

As it did in the summer of 2008, when prices at the pump soared above $4 a gallon, big price jumps at the gas pump may give car buyers reason to pause and cause vehicle sales to stall. At least the carmakers now have more fuel-efficient fleets, except for Chrysler, which is still catching up.

GM Withdraws $14 Billion Federal Loan Application

Back in 2009, General Motors applied to the Department of Energy for $14.4 billion in loans to help it manufacture more fuel-efficient vehicles. Today, with the automaker making big strides in turning around its business, GM said it no longer needs or wants the money.

Fuel Efficiency Is Top Priority for Car Buyers Worldwide

Fuel efficiency remains the top concern among new car buyers around the world, which is likely to boost demand for hybrid and electric vehicles, according to a report from KPMG. But the survey of senior auto-industry executives worldwide also showed that many have serious concerns about such vehicles' affordability.

Ford Unveils Fuel-Efficient 2011 Explorer

Ford (F) will today reveal its 2011 Explorer, an attempt to build on the Explorer SUV brand while also appealing to fuel efficiency-concious crossover fans, especially families. The new Explorer will be more aerodynamic and with a more refined interior, The Free Press reported. It should deliver fuel-efficiency improvemetns of at least 25% compared with the outgoing model.

Is 'Cash for Clunkers' Gearing Up Again?

At the auto show in Detroit, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood "Cash for Clunkers" as "the most wildly successful program ever." The remarks suggest the guzzler trade-in program may not have driven into the sunset. But with a majority of Americans opposing it, a retread may not be the best idea.