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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.

Government Motors: Why Won't D.C. Sell Its GM Stock?

Thanks to TARP loans that saved GM, the Treasury ended up with a major stake in the world's largest automaker, and it still holds 500 million shares -- 32% of the company. Here's the reason it won't be selling them any time soon.

BP's Prediction: Your Old Car Is Almost Obsolete

When a major oil company predicts that the era of gas-powered cars is coming to an end soon, the rest of us might want pay attention. According to BP, you've got maybe 18 years left before your car is obsolete -- and probably a lot less than that.

Will You Buy an Electric Car? Tesla Hopes So

Upstart automaker Tesla Motors confirmed this week that its groundbreaking Model S, an all-electric luxury-sports sedan, was on track to enter production by this summer. It already has pre-orders for more than 8,000. Is the moment coming soon when electric cars go mainstream?

Hybrids' Surprising Problem: So-So MPG

The soaring price of gas in recent years has made hybrid cars more attractive with each trip to the pump. But before you drive a hybrid off the lot, consider new findings from the Union of Concerned Scientists, which show that many hybrid models don't save consumers as much money or fuel as they might expect.

How to Go Farther on Less Fuel

Two weeks ago, DailyFinance asked our readers for their advice on how to save money at the pump. In the more than 1,500 responses that followed, we found a lot of creative solutions. Today, we look at maintenance and new-vehicle options that will help you go farther on less fuel.

The Trade Deficit's Untold Story: Rising Exports

The trade deficit's rise to just under $500 billion in 2010 obscures an impressive rise in global sales of U.S. goods, and the outlook for 2011 is even better. But to reach a trade surplus, the U.S. must solve two serious problems.

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.

New Fuel Economy Labels Proposed for Electric Cars

For everyone who wants to know how fuel efficient electric and hybrid cars really are compared to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, the EPA has released two fuel-economy label proposals Monday that would translate electricity usage into an equivalent in miles per gallon.

Hefty U.S. Funds to Jump-Start Electric-Car Sector

Federal funds will help create a big-enough manufacturing base to produce up to 500,000 electric cars yearly by 2015, according to the Energy Department. The funds, part of the economic stimulus program, will also boost the U.S. share of global battery production to 40% by 2015.

Three Greentech Auto Stocks to Watch

The hard-hit U.S. auto industry is making a comeback, partly due to advances in green technology. That should be good news not only for the industry, but also for investors. Hilary Kramer explains how to profit.

An IPO Parade in Cleantech

Two cleantech start-ups, biofuel maker Codexis and solar-energy firm Solyndra, recently filed for IPOs, and others are rumored to be contemplating them, among them sexy electric car company Tesla Motors and smart grid integrated-technology maker Silver Spring Networks.

GM still doesn't get it

As GM waits in line for handouts for its struggling company, it's made it very clear that they still just don't get it. The company has been late to...

Mercedes announces new hybrid

When they were first introduced, the only hybrid cars on the market were Toyotas and Hondas -- small, practical cars that were admittedly a little...