With talks of climate change and the effect of greenhouse gas emissions, it’s no wonder that environmental impact is one of the things we consider when looking for a car. Fuel-efficient vehicles are taking center stage in the automotive market. Propane-fueled vehicles are also gaining popularity because of their smaller impact on the environment compared to vehicles running on gasoline and diesel. If you want to convert to propane in Bucks County, you’ll find affordable options and more than 2,500 refueling stations all over the country to ease your way into a greener lifestyle. Continue reading What Are The Most Fuel Efficient Cars On The Market?
In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:
• Fisker Automotive on Thursday announced the appointment of Tom LaSorda, a former executive at General Motors and Chrysler, as vice chairman of Fisker’s board. He will also advise the management team on the company’s daily operations. As vice chairman of the Chrysler Group, Mr. LaSorda helped to broker the company’s sale to Cerberus Capital Management in 2007. Earlier this week, Fisker announced that Richard Beattie, formerly the head of sales and marketing for Jaguar North America, had joined as the company’s chief commercial officer. The appointments were made in a week when the base price for the Fisker Karma sedan increased from roughly $96,000 to just over $100,000. (Fisker)
• Ford said Wednesday that it expected its Focus Electric hatchback, which is scheduled to go on sale in a limited rollout next year, to receive a rating of 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) from the Environmental Protection Agency. In a press conference, Ford representatives said the Focus would be the only five-seat passenger car available to achieve the rating. With an optional 240-watt charger, the car’s 23 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack would recharge in just over three hours, the company said. (Ford)
• Citing intractable disagreements with company executives, the administrator appointed by a Swedish court to oversee the reorganization of Saab has reportedly asked for a reassignment. Guy Lofalk, the administrator, and Saab jointly requested that the lawyer Lars-Henrik Andersson be appointed in Mr. Lofalk’s stead, according to the Web site of the court. Saab announced Tuesday that the first round of financing from one of its two Chinese joint partners, Youngman, had arrived, in the amount of 3.4 million euros, or roughly $4.4 million. (Reuters)
• A work stoppage that began Monday at the Lordstown, Ohio, plant where the Chevrolet Cruze is produced has yet to be lifted. Production was halted because of a problem with an unidentified supplier. General Motors, Chevrolet’s parent, has not commented further on the nature of the supplier problem. The Cruze has been G.M.’s highest-selling sedan in 2011, with nearly as many units delivered in the United States as the Toyota Corolla, the country’s highest-selling compact car. (The Detroit Free Press)
Three out of four Chevrolet cars, trucks, SUVs and Crossovers will be available with six-speed automatics, which offer customers up to four percent better in fuel economy
With the introduction of the all-new Chevrolet Cruze, 12 Chevrolet models will be offered with fuel-saving, six-speed automatic transmissions. Chevrolet has quickly become a leader in six-speed automatics, which will be available on 75 percent of all Chevrolet cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers for 2011. Compared to traditional four-speed automatics, six-speed automatics offer consumers up to four percent better fuel economy, and smoother, more responsive vehicle performance.
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