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Detroit Auto Show: Ford, Honda, Audi, Via Motors

Ford F-150Although sports cars seem to be drawing much of the attention at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the annual show has more than a “hint of green,” Reuters reports.

Ford, Honda and Audi are among the carmakers showcasing alternative fuel or fuel-efficient vehicles at the annual expo, which opened yesterday, continuing previous’ years trends towards greener cars. Here are some highlights.

Ford introduced the Ford F-150 truck (pictured), which is up to 700 pounds lighter than earlier models because of military-grade, aluminum alloys used throughout the F-150 body. Its smart features include a 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine that has a lightweight, compact design to deliver the same power as some mid-range V8s and auto start-stop technology, which saves fuel by shutting off the engine when the vehicle is stopped.

Honda debuted the 2015 Honda Fit with a reduced underbody and chassis weight (by 57 pounds) compared to the outgoing model. Honda says the subcompact hatchback will have class-leading EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 33 city/41 highway/36 combined..

Recargo and Via Motors signed an agreement to include Recargo’s PlugShare charging infrastructure information in Via’s in-dash electric vehicle application. The maker of extended range electric trucks and vans plans to unveil its iPad in-dash electric vehicle control system in the 2014 production vehicles.

Audi showed its allroad shooting brake hybrid that produces 300 kW of power and only consumes 1.9 l/100 km (123.80 US mpg) of fuel, the automaker says. The lithium-ion battery that consists of eight modules has an energy capacity of 8.8 kWh, which is enough for 50 km (31.07 miles) of all-electric driving.

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2 thoughts on “Detroit Auto Show: Ford, Honda, Audi, Via Motors

  1. I have a 15 year old car with about 125,000 miles on it. I practice ‘hypermiling’ – driving the speed limit, anticipating traffic and traffic lights so as to avoid braking as much as feasible, and I turn off my engine as I coast towards red lights and while stopped. Those habits reliably result in about 43-45 mpg (combined).
    Takeaway: anyone can achieve significantly better gas mileage than they currently get, without buying a new car – just by changing their driving habits. Of course, it would help even more if you currently drive a gas-guzzler and wind up replacing it with a more efficient vehicle.

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