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Environmental Stewardship

Cars and trucks represent only 20 percent of America’s annual carbon emissions, yet automakers are the only industry committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions of new products by 30 percent in just five years. This reduction is the carbon equivalent of
eliminating 50 coal plants.

The EPA estimates that achieving this standard could cost automakers nearly $52 billion in research and development costs alone. Retooling, materials and manufacturing costs will also be substantial.

Already, automakers offer more than 150 new hybrids, all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Chrysler, Ford and GM alone are putting millions of flex fuel vehicles on the road each year.

Jun 06 2014
Written by Clifford Atlyeh | Posted on Car and Driver

You’re looking at a Ford Fusion that’s been modified using so many exotic lightweight materials that it tips the scales at just 2635 pounds, or about as much as Ford’s subcompact Fiesta hatch. (The last production Fusion we weighed rang in at at 3474 pounds.) A curb weight of less than 2700 pounds is unheard of in this vehicle class, and we haven’t seen a sub-3000-pound mid-size Ford sedan since the first-gen Taurus in 1986.

Jun 05 2014
Written by Katherine Long | Posted on Seattle Times

Seattle — On the outside, it’s a basic, affordable, midsize Chevy Malibu.

But on the inside it’s a hybrid like no other, with two separate engines — one biodiesel, the other electric — that together give it the muscle of, well, a muscle car, not the faint and tentative speed of some hybrids.

For the last three years, a team of University of Washington students has designed, planned, tested, rebuilt, rewired and re-engineered the innards of the General Motors car.

Jun 04 2014
GM News

DETROIT – The Chevrolet Traverse is one of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2014, according to Edmunds.com and Parents magazine. It is the second consecutive year Traverse made the list in the SUV category.

Criteria for consideration included strong safety – Traverse earned a Top Safety Pick recommendation in 2013 from the Insurance Institute for Highway safety and has a 5-star rating in government crash tests – efficiency, value and style.

Jun 04 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

Having shaken the automotive world with its plans for a lightweight aluminum pickup truck, Ford is now turning its attention to bringing the same technology to cars.

It unveiled a concept version of its popular Fusion midsize car that weighs about the same as its smallest model, the Fiesta. Just as Ford wsa able to cut up to 700 pounds in the F-150, it was able to do about the same with the Fusion for this design study.

May 29 2014
GM News

General Motors and the University of Michigan today announced an agreement to extend their collaborative automotive research efforts through 2017.

Launched in 1998, Collaborative Research Laboratories (CRL) at the University of Michigan have led to significant commercial and academic success for students, the university and the automaker. In 2011, it yielded a unique process to ultrasonically weld battery tabs together that played a role in enabling the Chevrolet Volt team to offer an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on its lithium-ion battery system.

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