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Fuel Economy

What’s happening to gas prices across Canada now?

Gasoline prices could reach their highest level in a decade this summer

Gasoline prices for Canadian drivers have been on a near-constant increase for the past year, now topping $1.30/litre on average. Read More

Safe Driving Tips Car Travel Fuel Economy Jun 20, 2018, 8:40 AM

UK study finds hybrids fall way short of economy ratings

Some plug-in hybrids missed their advertised ratings by almost 6 L/100 km Read More

Fuel Economy Green Cars Jun 6, 2018, 2:30 AM

Ford F-150 diesel ratings a Power Stroke of genius

Ford’s new F-150 Power Stroke diesel posts top fuel efficiency ratings Read More

Fuel Economy New Cars Apr 19, 2018, 12:05 AM

Walmart to double EV fast-charging stations at stores

Electrify America signs deal to add DC 350-kW fast chargers at 100 stores Read More

Green Cars Fuel Economy Apr 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

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Ford SUV lineup grows at both ends

Ford welcomes new-to-continent sub-compact EcoSport, new huge Expedition Read More

New Cars Fuel Economy Feb 10, 2018, 10:30 PM

Research shows sharkskin would improve auto aerodynamics

Harvard, University of South Carolina research Mako sharkskin denticles

Research studied how sharkskin denticles reduce drag to allow sharks to move effortlessly through water, but ended up showing they also increase lift. Read More

Auto Technology Fuel Economy Feb 7, 2018, 2:30 AM

Real world emissions tests gain consistency

Search for a reliable real-world emissions test protocol began in 2015

Real world testing means software can't tell if vehicle is being tested in a lab, and provides consumers with more realistic and attainable ratings. Read More

Fuel Economy Green Cars Sep 9, 2017, 10:20 PM

FIRST DRIVE: Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X technology

Skyactiv-X brings diesel performance and efficiency to gasoline engines

Mazda plans to put its Skyactiv-X ‘Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition’ (HCCI) engine into production by 2019. Read More

Auto Technology Green Cars Fuel Economy Sep 6, 2017, 2:05 PM

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Air-conditioning myths and facts

A/C use can affect fuel-consumption and CO2 emissions but not the ozone layer

Air-conditioning use can have an effect on the environment, but that effect may be quite different from what you have been led to believe. Read More

Green Cars Safe Driving Tips Fuel Economy Jul 24, 2017, 2:50 AM

Porsche to debut most powerful Panamera in Geneva

And it's a hybrid, with only one other Porsche model making more power

The 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid combining the Panamera Turbo’s 550-hp 4.0-litre twin turbo V-8 with a 101-kW electric motor. Read More

Auto Shows New Cars Green Cars Fuel Economy Feb 24, 2017, 2:30 AM

Do diesels really save you money?

Analysis of Canadian diesel data reveals some surprising results

Vincentric study shows only about 40% of diesels provide overall cost-of-ownership savings in Canada compared to their gasoline-fueled counterparts. Read More

New Cars Fuel Economy Green Cars Jan 26, 2017, 5:00 AM

Koenigsegg camless engine wins PopSci award

Pneumatic-Hydraulic-Electric-Actuator technology replaces camshafts

Advantages include reductions in engine packaging, size and weight, improvements in power, torque and fuel economy, and reductions in emissions. Read More


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VW $14.7B settlement set for emissions cheats

US federal judge approves compensation payments for VW TDI owners

$10 billion goes to owners of 2.0-litre diesel Audis and VWs, $4.7 billion toward emissions-reducing projects and other clean-vehicle initiatives. Read More

Green Cars Fuel Economy Auto Industry Oct 26, 2016, 2:30 AM

Plug-in Prius Prime not coming to Canada – yet!

Toyota is waiting on pending legislation in Quebec before introducing the Prime

The Prius Prime will be introduced into the American market this fall but Canadians will have to wait until the spring of 2017 – at least. Read More

New Cars Green Cars Fuel Economy Oct 3, 2016, 11:00 PM

Fewer hybrids show cost savings over gas cars

Study conducted by Vincentric auto data and knowledge provider

Analysis showed 17% of hybrid vehicles have lower costs associated with ownership than their gasoline-only counterparts, down from 24% in 2015. Read More

Fuel Economy Green Cars Sep 26, 2016, 9:30 PM

Audi sends a charge through suspension thinking

Future eROT suspension system replaces shocks with electric motors

Electromechanical rotary damper system responds far more quickly than fluid-filled shocks, and adapts freely to road imperfections and driving style. Read More


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Nikola electric transport truck in the works

320 kWh battery would grant range of 1,475 km on electricity alone

Only early specs are available at this time but Nikola claims a 6x6 electric drivetrain, with motors supplying 2,000 hp and 3,700 lb-ft of torque. Read More

Green Cars Auto Technology Fuel Economy Jun 14, 2016, 10:30 PM

Ethanol-fueled Nissan fuel cell could be a game changer

New Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)-powered system can run on bio-ethanol

Ethanol-fueled SOFC system could effectively overcome the major problems of both battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles. Read More

Green Cars Auto Technology Fuel Economy Jun 14, 2016, 9:50 AM

Mercedes-Benz plots the path for future powertrains

Electrification and the combustion engine are both part of the plan

Mercedes-Benz has a clear vision where the industry is going and is well down the road in developing products and technologies to meet the challenge. Read More

Auto Technology Fuel Economy Green Cars Jun 13, 2016, 12:00 PM

AJAC EcoRun showcases latest fuel-saving technologies

Cross-country fuel-efficiency demo featured 27 vehicles from 14 manufacturers

Every vehicle in EcoRun surpassed its NRCan fuel economy rating, demonstrating that drivers can reduce fuel costs simply by driving more efficiently. Read More

New Cars Fuel Economy Green Cars Jun 8, 2016, 1:20 PM

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2016 EcoRun showcases fuel-efficient vehicles

Toronto-to-Ottawa trek demonstrates latest eco-technologies to consumers en route

Pure electrics, plug-in and conventional hybrids, hydrogen fuel cells, and efficient gasoline and diesel-fuelled vehicles make up the 27 entries. Read More

New Cars Fuel Economy Green Cars Jun 4, 2016, 6:50 AM

How much tax are Canadians paying on gasoline?

Taxes make up a big chunk of the price of gasoline in Canada

On average, taxes account for more than one-third of the price of every litre of gasoline sold across Canada. Read More

Car Care Fuel Economy Safe Driving Tips Jun 3, 2016, 2:50 PM

16 ways to improve your fuel economy

Everything matters when it comes to reducing fuel consumption

Fuel economy depends on everything from the vehicle itself to weather, road and traffic conditions to the driver’s skills and attitude. Read More


VW gets fix approval for 2.0 turbodiesel

VW was found to be using a computer program to defeat emissions tests

German motoring authority assures owners the proposed software, and in some cases hardware, fix will not affect vehicle fuel-economy or performance. Read More

Green Cars Fuel Economy Car Safety Jun 3, 2016, 2:30 PM

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Why the Hyundai Elantra is Canada’s second-best-selling car

The Elantra has become a refined, high-value car with proven reliability

With the arrival of a thoroughly reworked model for 2017, the Elantra becomes an even more worthy competitor for the top sales spot. Read More

New Cars Fuel Economy Auto Industry Apr 26, 2016, 10:40 AM

Montreal turns over new Leaf in taxi service

Nissan partners in pilot project to create dedicated electric cab fleet

The Téo electric fleet also includes Kia Soul and Tesla Model S, with the intent to have 2,000 electric taxis on Montreal streets by 2020. Read More


What's happened to gas prices across Canada?

Gas prices in Canada have been on a gradual decline since the end of July

After peaking in mid-year, gasoline prices across Canada have steadily declined to an average of 101.5 cents/litre for regular at a self-serve pump. Read More

Car Care Safe Driving Tips Fuel Economy Dec 1, 2015, 7:40 AM

Audi EVs to make up one quarter new sales

Audi electrification plan calls for fast charging network by 2018

A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid due by 2016, e-tron SUV expected by 2018, other vehicles to be introduced to meet 25% EV sales target by 2025. Read More

Green Cars Fuel Economy Nov 29, 2015, 2:00 PM

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Three all-new new Japanese small cars compared

2016 Honda Civic, Scion iM and Toyota Yaris tested back-to-back

The Civic is our pick of the trio here, but any one of these ambitious go-getters will work efficiently and reliably to earn your admiration. Read More

New Cars Fuel Economy Automotive Reviews Nov 9, 2015, 10:35 AM

England exploring electric charging lanes

Dedicated lanes would employ wireless charging technology

Electric vehicles’ batteries would charge as they travel, but construction costs and advancements in battery technology may render project unworkable. Read More

Green Cars Auto Technology Fuel Economy Aug 19, 2015, 3:00 AM

Audi readies launch of A3 Sportback e-tron

Wagon expected to carry $44,000 price tag in Canada

Power comes from a turbo 1.4-litre direct injected gasoline 4-cylinder engine and 76 kW electric motor, for a combined 204 hp and 258 lb.ft of torque. Read More


Lower gas prices equal more driving for Canadians

One in seven Canadians will drive more this summer because of low gas prices

Ontarians are the most likely to drive more as a result of lower gas prices, while those from Manitoba and Saskatchewan are the least likely. Read More

Car Travel Car Care Fuel Economy Jul 9, 2015, 7:40 AM

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Ford offers EV patents to rivals

Company is sharing technology to reduce R & D time and stimulate EV market growth.

Ford currently holds more than 650 electrified vehicle patents and is now making its technology available to competitors, at a cost. Read More


Audi electrifies Asian markets with Q7 e-tron

Large SUV puts out combined 367 horsepower and 516 lb.ft. of torque

Among the interesting features is a heat-pump that captures heat normally released by the electric components and uses it to aid in heating the cabin. Read More


Canadian university team wins fuel-efficiency title

University of Toronto Supermileage team beats 88 other entries in Shell Eco-marathon

For the third year in a row a Canadian team won the Eco-marathon but this year it was the University of Toronto ahead of Université Laval. Read More


Fisker may find good Karma in China

Speculation a redesigned car may debut in Shanghai

Wangxiang America, which bought up Fisker and its battery supplier A123 in 2012-13, said it would be restarting Karma production some time in April. Read More


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Toyota refreshes RAV4, adds Hybrid model

Electric all-wheel drive adds torque on demand, reduces weight and complexity

The RAV4 Hybrid is the eighth hybrid in Toyota’s stable as it strives to attain its goal of having a hybrid model of every volume seller in its line-up by 2020. Read More


New incentives available to EV buyers in BC

British Columbians are eligible for a $3000 incentive on purchase of new EV

New BC incentive program aimed not just at promoting EV purchases but also at taking high-polluting vehicles off the province's roads. Read More

Car Buying Green Cars Fuel Economy Mar 16, 2015, 8:20 PM

Beware of these environmental meanies

Here are 10 of the “meanest” picks from the 2015 model year in terms of environmental impact

The ACEEE has identified not only the greenest but the meanest vehicles you can buy – the fuel hogs and gross emitters that foul our environment. Read More


Canada's most fuel-efficient AWD SUVs

It's not just hybrids that can deliver impressive fuel-economy figures

Here are the 15 SUVs with some form of all- or four-wheel-drive that consume the least fuel according to Natural Resources Canada’s ratings. Read More


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