July 14, 2013

Green Thinking

Diesel savings add up; Mazda adds regenerative braking to two models



Diesel cost savings
A new study has found that diesel vehicles saved most owners between $2,000 and $6,000 in total ownership costs during a three-year period when compared to similar gasoline vehicles. The study, by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, includes the added cost of most diesel vehicles in the findings. The better fuel efficiency of diesel vehicles was a major factor in the savings. Diesel models also had lower depreciation rates.
NWautos staff



Mazda boosts mileage
Mazda is releasing its regenerative-engine braking system, known as i-ELOOP, on the 2014 Mazda6 and Mazda3. On the Mazda6 (shown), i-ELOOP boosts highway mileage from 38 mpg to 40 mpg. Regenerative braking captures energy created during deceleration and stores it for small electrical tasks, saving fuel. The system will be part of an optional technology package that also includes lane-departure and forward-obstruction warning systems.
NWautos staff


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