Shell explores energy efficiency with concept car

Shell has taken the unusual step of producing a concept car which, were it ever to go into production, could deliver significant energy savings.

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Small is beautiful when it comes to engines

In days gone by, our American cousins used to say “their ain’t no substitoot for cubic inches” (it sounds best with a Texan drawl). To get more performance, the formula was simple. Increase the size of the engine.

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Fiat shrinks 500 engine for economy

The Fiat 500 TwinAir is powered by a two-cylinder in-line transverse engine of 875cc. But it is still fun to drive and remarkably lively too.

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Buying a car? Choose wisely.

With fuel prices having risen 70% since 2000 and nothing but further increases in prospect, the chances are your choice of used car will have fuel economy pretty near the top of the list.

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Golf downsizes engine for greater economy

The 1.2-litre Golf is part of Volkswagen’s strategy of downsizing to smaller engines in the continuing search for more better economy and lower emissions. I’ve driven Volkswagen’s 1.4 TSI engines before, but can a 1.2 TSI possibly work in this size of car?

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Volvo tests new technology to cut fuel consumption 20%

Volvo says it is testing new flywheel technology that it says will not only make a four-cylinder engine feel like a six-cylinder, but will also reduce fuel consumption by 20%. Read More...
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Manufacturers make leap in drive for economy

The average fuel economy of new cars in the UK has improved by 7.64 per cent in the past year, according to a study by DrivenData.

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If this is the future of green motoring count me in

While I was expecting economy, I certainly wasn’t expecting high levels of refinement or agile performance from the Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion. I’ve previously driven the Polo Bluemotion and, while impressed by its economy, low emissions and driveabllity, it would be a stretch to suggest it was a real driver’s car.

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Greenest Skoda ever

The new Škoda Fabia Greenline II will become the most environmentally-friendly car ever to wear the Škoda badge which goes on sale on sale in the UK next week.

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Citroen C3 endears itself

Oh, dear! I really shouldn’t have preconceptions when I hear what car is coming up next for test. But, being only human, I do. I was prepared for a rather dull and uninspiring time with the Citroen C3 1.6 HDi. But, in actual fact, I found the little car rather endearing.
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Insight fails to impress

I Was really looking forward to driving the Honda Insight. I had never driven one before – indeed I have never driven a hybrid from anyone other than Toyota (including Lexus). So, when I saw it on the road test list, I was eager to see how it compared.

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Prius revisited. The first hybrid matures well.

It is quite a number of years since I last drove the Toyota Prius – the world’s first mass-produced hybrid.

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Kia joins the clean elite

Kia has recognised the growing customer demand and marketing potential for high economy, low emission ‘eco’-tagged versions of its mainstream models.

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