Thursday things

August 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

American bloggers are getting quite excited about the grille of the Chevrolet Cruze Eco. It’s quite a neat – if not unique – trick: a shutter automatically closes the vents at higher speeds and lower temperatures to improve aerodynamics, enhancing fuel economy. This helps the Cruze get to 40mpg (US) on the highway. It’s good to see touches like this getting into mainstream, budget-oriented vehicles: shame it’s not in all models in the range.

  • More news from the USA: the engines in the new-gen Ford F-150 pick-up truck are up to 20% more fuel-efficient than those they replace. There’s a 3.7 V6 (300bhp), the direct-injection 3.5 V6 EcoBoost turbo (tbc, but probably around 365bhp)… and 5.0 (360bhp) and 6.2 (411bhp) V8s. The 3.5 V6 offers all the performance and pulling power of a V8, and is clearly the pick of the bunch, but the old-school 5.0 V8’s expected to be the best-seller in this conservative sector.
  • Yet more US news: the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has outlined new targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – 7-8% by 2020, 13-16% on current figures by 2035 – in selected metropolitan areas. Key theme in the draft report is the  focus at the planning/development end to reduce commuting times and vehicle mileage (Green Car Congress).

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