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November 4, 2011
Imagine getting fuel efficiency that reaches 40 mpg and beyond, on models that sell for thousands of dollars less than hybrids. Manufacturers have delivered just that with several new and redesigned gas-sipping rides for 2012 - many of them available for less than $20,000. In fact, much-improved gas economy is a top trend for this new model year, with Chevy and Hyundai weighing in with a handful of slick new rides in the 40-plus club. And, of course, it couldn't come at a better time.
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AUTOS
March 12, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
With gas prices continuing a steady upward climb, you may be headed to the dealer in search of something less thirsty at the pump. But which cars' sticker price gives you the most bang for your buck? We asked Edmunds.com to look at the vehicles with the lowest sticker price per fuel-economy rating. The math was simple: divide the car's base price by its EPA rating for combined fuel economy. The result gives a look at how much each mile per gallon will cost you. Photos: Top 10 cars with lowest cost per mpg Topping the list is Ford's C-Max Energi.
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AUTOS
March 12, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
With gas prices continuing a steady upward climb, you may be headed to the dealer in search of something less thirsty at the pump. But which cars' sticker price gives you the most bang for your buck? We asked Edmunds.com to look at the vehicles with the lowest sticker price per fuel-economy rating. The math was simple: divide the car's base price by its EPA rating for combined fuel economy. The result gives a look at how much each mile per gallon will cost you. Photos: Top 10 cars with lowest cost per mpg Topping the list is Ford's C-Max Energi.
NEWS
November 4, 2011
Imagine getting fuel efficiency that reaches 40 mpg and beyond, on models that sell for thousands of dollars less than hybrids. Manufacturers have delivered just that with several new and redesigned gas-sipping rides for 2012 - many of them available for less than $20,000. In fact, much-improved gas economy is a top trend for this new model year, with Chevy and Hyundai weighing in with a handful of slick new rides in the 40-plus club. And, of course, it couldn't come at a better time.
BUSINESS
October 23, 1991 | John O'Dell / Times staff writer
Low-Cost Samurais: Consumer Reports almost killed Suzuki's Samurai sports utility vehicle a few years back with its report--later rejected by the federal government--that the Jeep-like vehicle was prone to roll over when making hard and fast turns. But the Brea-based importer, American Suzuki, keeps bringing Samurais to the United States--and buyers looking for a bargain keep buying them. And now another national magazine is giving the Samurai a boost.
AUTOS
October 21, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation into problems with the brakes on the 2009 Hyundai Genesis cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 23 complaints alleging that drivers have to push down hard on the brake pedal and reduced brake effectiveness in upscale cars from Hyundai. There was one reported crash. PHOTOS: Cheapest cars with best gas mileage The federal agency said that several complaints indicate that the problem was diagnosed as a faulty ABS, or anti-lock braking, module.  One driver reported crashing into a stopped vehicle after the brakes didn't respond properly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2000 | LYNN O'DELL
If Gerry Wheeler could wave a magic wand, he'd concoct just the right amount of parent involvement in science fair projects. How to help but not do the work for the child is a challenge, said Wheeler, executive director of the National Science Teachers Assn. Teachers and science fair judges offer some tips: * Start early. If there's no time to repeat the experiment, it's hard to tell if the results are a trend or a fluke. * Brainstorm a list of project ideas.
AUTOS
October 23, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
It's a white-out on the highway. Car paint company PPG Industries says white continues to be the most popular auto color globally and is increasing its lead. The share of white cars built during the 2013 model year rose to 25% from 22% in the prior year. Silver and black tied for second at 18%. They were followed by gray, red, natural hues, blue and green. PHOTOS: Cheapest cars with best gas mileage White also remains the most popular color in North America, accounting for 21% of the cars built in the region in the past year, the same as last year.
OPINION
August 13, 2005
AFTER SIGNING THE ENERGY BILL, it must have been a challenge for President Bush to come up with good things to tell the public about it. The package, after all, contains so much good news for industry, but so little for a nation addicted to foreign oil. Cleverly, the president seized on two phrases everybody can love and put them together: "tax credit" and "hybrid vehicle."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2007
I don't have the means to buy carbon offsets, like many of the Hollywood and political left ["The Perils of Acting Green," Sept. 2]. Former Vice President Gore's enormous electricity bill is excused because, after all, he buys carbon offsets, whatever that is, and, of course, he can afford the bill!
BUSINESS
October 26, 2007 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
A Prius minivan? It could happen, according to a top executive of Toyota Motor Corp., which makes the four-door hatchback, the world's bestselling gasoline-electric hybrid. There are no specific plans to develop other body styles for the Prius, Tokuichi Uranishi, Toyota's head of global marketing, said in an interview Thursday. But it's "something that is desirable from a marketing point of view," he said. "I think we should have a minivan hybrid in the U.S."
AUTOS
June 19, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Chevrolet's Volt topped the Sierra Club's list of plug-in hybrids in the environmental organization's annual Electric Vehicle Guide . At a price falling mid-range in the list of six EVs reviewed, the Volt takes drivers 38 electric-only miles before its gasoline engine kicks in. That results in a miles per gallon equivalent (mpge) of 98 on the Environmental Protection Agency's scale. In total, Volt owners get a range of 380 miles at an annual fuel cost of $950. (The estimate uses average $0.12 per kilowatt-hour and $3.61 for regular gas - quite a bit lower than the typical cost of gasoline in California.)
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