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April 22, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Gas prices are high at the pump and rising higher, and prospective motorcycle buyers -- especially first-time buyers -- often cite fuel efficiency as their No. 1 reason for wanting to swap four wheels for two. It's always a good swap, as far as mileage goes. Even the thirstiest gas-guzzling motorcycles get more miles per gallon than the most economical cars. Honda's road racing CBR1000RR gets a reported 41 mpg, for example, while a big beast like BMW's R1200GS gets close to 50 mpg. A powerful road bike like KTM's 1190 RC8 gets close to 40 mpg, as does a mid-range cruiser like the Moto Guzzi V7. But some motorcycles are really fuel efficient.
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BUSINESS
January 26, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
The nation's airline industry has undergone so many mergers in the last decade that only four airlines and their regional carriers control more than 80% of all domestic air traffic. Despite warnings from consumer advocates, the merger mania is having a positive effect on the industry and is partly responsible for keeping fares low, according to a new study by PwC, the auditing and consulting firm formerly known as PricewaterhouseCoopers. The latest major airline merger was approved last month when American Airlines agreed to unite with US Airways to create the world's largest carrier.
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March 27, 2009 | Associated Press
The Obama administration plans to raise fuel efficiency standards by two miles per gallon to a 27.3 average mpg for new cars and trucks in the 2011 model year, marking the first increase in passenger car standards in more than two decades. Under the changes, which are slightly less stringent than those proposed by the George W. Bush administration, new passenger cars will need to meet 30.2 mpg for the 2011 model year; and pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans will need to reach 24.
AUTOS
October 17, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Two German diesel sedans and three Japanese cars are the finalists for the Green Car of the Year Award to be handed out at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. The finalists for the Green Car Journal award include the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Honda Accord, Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla. Whereas previously the field has been dominated by hybrids and electric cars, the selections this year reflect the auto industry's focus on improving the performance of internal combustion engines.    "The diversity of this field of finalists illustrates not only that 'green' has gone mainstream, but also that there is no single approach to achieving ever higher levels of fuel efficiency and environmental performance," says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com.
NEWS
July 26, 2011 | By Christi Parsons
The White House is preparing to slightly soften its proposal on new fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks, after weeks of talks with automakers lobbying for lower standards out of concern for the impact on their business. The Obama administration's initial suggestion was that automakers steadily increase fuel economy between 2017 and 2025 to a fleetwide average of 56.2 miles per gallon, although environmental activists have complained that a series of exemptions and credits would make the actual mileage substantially lower than that.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If reducing your carbon footprint is a priority, Alaska Airlines may be the carrier for you. In its first efficiency study, the International Council on Clean Transportation ranked the Seattle-based carrier as the nation's most fuel-efficient major airline, followed by low-cost Spirit Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Alaska was 26% more fuel-efficient than the least efficient airline, Allegiant Air, according to the study, released last week. “Aviation is a critical part of the U.S. economy, but it consumes a lot of oil and it's the fastest-growing contributor to climate change from the transportation sector globally,” said Drew Kodjak, executive director of the International Council on Clean Transportation . About one third of the efficiencies can be attributed to technology, such as the use of fuel-efficient engines and those up-turned winglets installed on many newer jets, the study concluded.
OPINION
January 27, 2009
President Obama granted one of our deepest pro-environment wishes Monday by directing the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider allowing California to set tough emissions limits, and therefore tighter fuel economy standards, on vehicles. It's tempting to declare victory and move on, except that the president isn't finished with fuel and transportation policy yet.
BUSINESS
January 3, 1988
I applaud The Times' article describing the complexities of the government's Strategic Petroleum Reserve ("Saving Oil for a Rainy Day," Dec. 13). I would point out, however, that SPR is neither the least expensive nor the lowest-risk option for enhancing America's energy security. This point was forcefully articulated in the 1981 energy security study done for the Defense Department's Civil Defense Preparedness Agency. SPR incurs not only a purchase cost, but storage costs and carrying charges as well.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
With national gasoline prices averaging about $3.80 a gallon and above $4 in many states, consumer auto information sites are taking a new look at the fuel economy of vehicles and making recommendations. Edmunds.com has a report about the vehicles that have made the biggest leaps in fuel efficiency, and the gains are pretty startling. It's obvious the automakers know that gas prices are top of mind with consumers. Edmunds looked at the fuel economy of vehicles in the 2008 model year and again this year.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2010 | By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Obama administration announced new rules Monday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants by requiring greater fuel efficiency for big trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles starting with 2014 models. The regulations, the first of their kind, call for a 20% reduction in heavy-vehicle emissions by 2018, which would require boosting fuel efficiency to an average of 8 miles per gallon, compared with 6 mpg now, experts estimate. Trucks and other heavy vehicles make up only 4% of the U.S. vehicle fleet, but given the distance they travel, the time they spend idling and their low fuel efficiency, they consume 20% of all vehicle fuel, said Don Anair, a senior analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists' clean vehicles program.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If reducing your carbon footprint is a priority, Alaska Airlines may be the carrier for you. In its first efficiency study, the International Council on Clean Transportation ranked the Seattle-based carrier as the nation's most fuel-efficient major airline, followed by low-cost Spirit Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Alaska was 26% more fuel-efficient than the least efficient airline, Allegiant Air, according to the study, released last week. “Aviation is a critical part of the U.S. economy, but it consumes a lot of oil and it's the fastest-growing contributor to climate change from the transportation sector globally,” said Drew Kodjak, executive director of the International Council on Clean Transportation . About one third of the efficiencies can be attributed to technology, such as the use of fuel-efficient engines and those up-turned winglets installed on many newer jets, the study concluded.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
A federal lawsuit to stop the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways could be good for penny-pinching fliers. The legal challenge filed in August by the U.S. Department of Justice says that the deal to create the world's largest carrier would cut competition and lead to higher fares. Until the lawsuit is settled or won by either side, don't expect the two airlines to raise fares and give federal authorities more reason to fight the merger, said Rick Seaney, chief executive of the fare monitoring site Farecompare.com.
AUTOS
August 30, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Like the American kid who returns from study abroad with a German accent, Chevrolet's latest Cruze sedan will come with a decidedly European flair. Starting in September, Chevy will offer the compact sedan with a diesel engine. It joins the two gas engines that have been available in the car since the Cruze began selling in 2010. Built in Germany, the turbo diesel engine gives Chevy a compelling fuel-efficiency play in the U.S. in the popular compact segment. The Cruze diesel is rated at 27 miles per gallon in the city and 46 on the highway.
AUTOS
August 15, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Bowing to criticism that its C-Max hybrid didn't get the fuel economy claimed on its window sticker, Ford Motor Co. has restated the compact car's mileage ratings and said it will issue special payments to people who own the vehicle. Ford said it would make a special one-time, "goodwill" payment of $550 to people who purchased the C-Max and $325 to those who leased the vehicle. Everyone will get the same payment regardless of when they purchased the car or how many miles they have put on their vehicle, said Raj Nair, Ford's group vice president for global product development.
AUTOS
June 7, 2013 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Subaru, long the bastion of all-wheel drive and rugged practicality, is an automaker on a hot streak. And the all-new 2014 Forester crossover shows every sign of becoming another sales hit. Subaru's profits have hit record highs this year, and May was the best sales month in the automaker's history. Over the last decade, the brand's market share has more than doubled, according to auto information company Edmunds.com. Subaru has been pushing to become a truly national company, said Thomas Doll, president of Subaru of America.
AUTOS
April 25, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Ford Motor Co. will offer a $25,000 first prize for whoever makes the best phone app for fuel efficiency. The Ford Personalized Efficiency Challenge runs through July 24. Anyone entering has to work through the automaker's OpenXC research platform. Ford describes OpenXC as "an open-source hardware and software platform developed by Ford Research and Innovation to unleash the power of the open-source hacker community. " PHOTOS: Top 10 cars with lowest sticker price per mpg Ford isn't the first automaker to try to tap into the drive to improve mileage or go green.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Diesel prices are at their highest level in nearly four years, topping $4 a gallon, but trucking company executive Fred Johring is taking it in stride. Johring's Golden State Express has bought low-emission, fuel-efficient diesel and natural gas rigs to comply with a clean-truck mandate at Southern California's twin ports — with the fortunate side effect of easing the pain of high-priced diesel. "We went from having one of the oldest local fleets to one of the newest," said Johring, whose Rancho Dominguez company sends trucks mainly on short-haul trips to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
With national gasoline prices averaging about $3.80 a gallon and the fuel above $4 in many states, consumer auto information sites are taking a new look at the fuel economy of vehicles and making recommendations. Edmunds.com has an interesting report about the vehicles that have made the biggest leaps in fuel efficiency and the gains are pretty startling. It's obvious that the automakers know that gas prices are top of mind with consumers. Edmunds looked at the fuel economy of vehicles in the 2008 model year and again this year.  The industry has increased average fuel economy by 16%.  The Audi A3 had the biggest jump of any vehicle.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Gas prices are high at the pump and rising higher, and prospective motorcycle buyers -- especially first-time buyers -- often cite fuel efficiency as their No. 1 reason for wanting to swap four wheels for two. It's always a good swap, as far as mileage goes. Even the thirstiest gas-guzzling motorcycles get more miles per gallon than the most economical cars. Honda's road racing CBR1000RR gets a reported 41 mpg, for example, while a big beast like BMW's R1200GS gets close to 50 mpg. A powerful road bike like KTM's 1190 RC8 gets close to 40 mpg, as does a mid-range cruiser like the Moto Guzzi V7. But some motorcycles are really fuel efficient.
AUTOS
April 14, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Two of the biggest rivals in American industry - General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. - are again joining together to develop transmissions for their next generation of cars. The automakers said Sunday they will team to create nine-speed and 10-speed transmissions that will be smoother and more fuel efficient than the gearboxes currently in their cars and trucks. "Americans want smooth-shifting transmissions," said Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis for AutoPacific Inc., an industry consulting firm.
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