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Ford unveils tweaked, more economical 2015 Focus

Ford unveiled its 2015 Focus on Monday with tweaks to its exterior, an improved interior and a tiny 3-cylinder engine that has already earned solid reviews.

The Focus – Ford’s best-selling car worldwide – will be on display next week at the Geneva Motor Show. It was unveiled on Monday in Barcelona.

The compact sedan, totally redesigned in 2010 for the U.S., will arrive at dealerships in the second quarter of the year.

2015 Chevrolet and GMC Big SUVs Get Better Gas Mileage

The new 2015 full-size SUVs from Chevrolet and GMC go farther on a tank of gas than outgoing models, raising highway fuel economy by nearly 10 percent.

The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL with the standard 5.3L engine get an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with two-wheel drive – a nearly 10 percent increase in highway mileage over the previous models and 7 percent greater city mileage.

2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum Pickup Body Points Toward Fuel-Economy Gains

Making a large, heavy vehicle like a pickup truck economical isn't the easiest of tasks.

You can drop in a more efficient engine, of course. But it'll struggle against poor aerodynamics and ample weight.

Ford has done both the first and the third of these, the latter handled by a new aluminum structure. And it's really caught the attention of other automakers.

Aluminum cars are nothing new in the auto industry, even if they aren't widely used.

2015 Silverado HDs Run Cleaner, Save Money on CNG

Chevrolet’s expanded availability of bi-fuel versions of the new 2015 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD trucks give customers and fleet managers more choices for cleaner-burning compressed natural gas-powered models – and savings at the pump.

With CNG currently priced about 62 percent less per gallon than gasoline, a work truck driven 26,000 miles a year can save more than $2,000 annually based on 75-percent CNG usage and comparable efficiency to gasoline.

GM Claims Clean Energy Patent Quarterly Crown For Q3 2013

The Clean Energy Patent Quarterly Crown [CEPQC] was awarded to General Motors for having exactly 40 clean energy patents in the last quarter of 2013. The CEPQC is distributed quarterly by the Clean Tech Group at Heslin, Rothernberg, Farley & Mesiti PC. The Clean Tech Group has been issuing this award in the U.S. since 2002 and according to a quarterly report issued last year, the CEPQC currently has a total of 757 U.S. granted patents.

Ford develops solar powered car for everyday use

Ford has developed a concept model that runs primarily on solar power, which could bring the world one step closer to having a vehicle for everyday driving that is not dependent on traditional energy sources.

The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept is a collaboration between Ford, SunPower Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The concept car is expected to be unveiled next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.