April 13, 2014

Auto Briefs

Automobile Magazine favorites; Toyota reworks gas engine for efficiency



Automobile Magazine names its favorites
Automobile Magazine named its 10 All-Stars for 2014. These are the favorite vehicles of the editorial staff, in alphabetical order:
• Audi A7/S7/RS 7
• BMW 3 Series/4 Series
• Cadillac CTS
• Ford Fiesta ST
• Honda Accord (shown)
• Jaguar F-Type
• Mazda 3
• Porsche Boxster/Cayman
• Ram 1500
• Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ (similar cars)
NWautos staff

Toyota ups efficiency of gasoline engine
Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids. Toyota says the engine will be rolled out in 14 models this year and next year. The friction- and heat-reducing technology is common in hybrids, but it is relatively rare in vehicles with gas engines alone. Mazda and Honda have developed similar engines. Toyota says the new engine will deliver 10 percent better fuel efficiency than comparable current engines. It will come in 1.0-liter and 1.3-liter versions.
The Associated Press


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