January 3, 2010

Green Thinking

VW unveils diesel-hybrid Up Lite; Hyundai takes lead in U.S. fuel efficiency

Up Lite

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Up Lite revealed
Volkswagen unveiled the third variation of its Up city vehicle at the Los Angeles auto show last month. The Up Lite is based on the same platform as previous Up concepts but adds a bit more usable space. The Lite is powered by a diesel-hybrid powertrain that gets 70 mpg combined, which would make it the most fuel-efficient four-seat vehicle on the market.

Gas pump

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Fuel leaders
Hyundai has taken the lead as the most fuel-efficient automaker in the U.S. according to the latest Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy report. The automaker's car and truck combined average is 30.1 mpg. Honda (29.7), Volkswagen (29.6), Toyota (29.4) and Kia (28) round out the top 5.

Sources: NWautos staff, Wheelbase Communications


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