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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.

Feb 27 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

The tally of electric only miles accumulated by Chevrolet Volt owners surpassed the 400,000,000 mile mark yesterday, equivalent to walking the Great Wall of China 30,000 times, according to General Motors.
Total miles driven by Volt owners have topped 640,000,000 while the EREV has saved about 21 million gallons of gasoline. The money saved by fuel-conscious Volt owners on gasoline is enough to buy 159 acres of a private island.

Feb 26 2014
Written by Terry Box | Posted on Dallas Morning News

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.

Feb 24 2014
GM News

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.

Feb 24 2014
Written by Tim Higgins | Posted on Bloomberg

Ford Motor Co. (F:US), the second-largest U.S. automaker, plans an optional smaller engine for its updated Ford Focus compact car to woo U.S. drivers looking for improved fuel efficiency.

Feb 17 2014
Written by Antony Ingram | Posted on Green Car Report

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.