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Mirage Named One of the Greenest New Cars for 2014

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage comes in a number of great colors, including Sapphire Blue, Kiwi Green, Infared, Cloud White, and Thunder Gray

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage comes in a number of great colors, including Sapphire Blue, Kiwi Green, Infrared, Cloud White, and Thunder Gray

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released a list of the top 12 ‘Greenest’ vehicles of 2014. Showing up on this list for the greenest new cars is the Mitsubishi Mirage, with a Green Score of 54.

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AutoTrader’s Best New Cars for the First-Time Buyer

For a first-time car buyer it can be a difficult process picking just the right car. To make things easier Autotrader has compiled a list of the ‘Best New Cars for First-Time Buyers: 2014 Edition’. They have chosen several of our favorites from Hyundai, Nissan, Honda, Ford, and Kia. They’ve taken into account value, efficiency, versatility, and performance performance.

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Ford Builds 2 Millionth EcoBoost Engine

Ford EcoBoost Engine

Ford’s 1.0-liter Ecoboost 3-cylinder engine was voted the International Engine of the Year Award.

Ford has been working hard to bring engines that are powerful, smarter, and more fuel efficient. They recently produced their 2 Millionth EcoBoost engine. Ford will be adding the 1.0 liter EcoBoost production at their Chongqing, China plant. Which will only help to raise these numbers.

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Average Fuel Economy Rises

2013 Honda Accord Eco Mode

We can all see it. The steady rise of each new model year’s mpg rising. With more stringent federal fuel economy standards to rising fuel prices, the auto manufacturer’s have responded positively.

A study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute  has determined the rise of fuel economy each year since they started keeping track in October 2007. The average for August 2013 was 24.9 mpg, almost five times the amount in October 2007.

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Ford Transit Connect Wins ‘International Van of the Year’

Ford Transit Connect

Transit Connect is the ‘International Van of the Year 2014’

This is the fifth time Ford has earned the ‘International Van of the Year’  (2001, 2003, 2007, 2013) and the second consecutive year. Last year the Transit Custom took home the honor.

The Connect was given 130 points out of a maximum 163 by European specialist journalists. The Connect beat the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Renault Kangoo.

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Ford adding 1,400 American Jobs

2013 Ford Fusion

Ford is investing $555 Million and 1,400 new jobs at their Flat Rock, Mich., Assembly Line. In total Ford is creating nearly 6,500 U.S. jobs this year, and is aiming for a goal of 12,000 new hourly jobs by 2015.

For the first time the Ford Fusion will be made in the United States. A testament to Ford’s efforts to bring jobs back to America. Because of this expansion, the Ford Fusion’s availability will increase by 30 percent. The 2013 Fusion is setting records for sales.

“With its bold design and great fuel economy, Fusion has exceeded all of our expectations, with demand outstripping supply,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Fusion in Flat Rock is a win for all of our stakeholders – including customers, employees and dealers. At the same time, Ford is continuing its massive investment in America by creating another 1,400 jobs.”
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Hyundai Named Best of the Best by U.S. Veterans

Hyundai sign

The U.S. Veterans Magazine announced through their 2013 Best of the Best List that Hyundai is among the nation’s top veteran friendly companies. Veterans Magazine evaluates employment, business, and supplier opportunities for returning U.S. veterans.

Hyundai Motors, the only automotive manufacturer to make the list, paid more than $24 million in rebates to U.S. military and family members last year. This year, U.S. military personnel and veterans account for 1 in 10 Hyundai vehicle sales.

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Smaller Engines, Not Less Power

Ford EcoBoost Engine

Ford’s 1.0-liter Ecoboost 3-cylinder engine was voted the International Engine of the Year Award.

With tougher fuel efficiency standards, manufacturers are shrinking the size of their engines. However, automakers are proving, when it comes to engines, this isn’t a zero-sum game.

The 2014 Ford Fusion SE equipped with a 1.6 Liter EcoBoost engine 182 horsepower, 25 mpg in the city, and 37 mpg on the highway. Ford’s engine technology causes them to stand out among the crowd. Especially with the 1.0 liter Ecoboost engine winning engine of the year.

The Subaru BRZ I4 engine puts out an impressive 200 horsepower with 22 mpg in the city, and 30 mpg on the highway. Subaru created the BRZ to be an affordable sports car, and the smaller engine makes that a reality. Better fuel efficiency without losing too much power makes this a well-balanced and fun to drive sports car.

The 2013 Nissan Altima’s 182 horsepower I4 achieves up to 27 mpg in the city, and 38 mpg on the highway. Nissan has made the Altima a leader in fuel efficiency.