WTF?

BACK SEAT DRIVING – That is, WHERE’S THE F? If the F is good enough for Gordon Ramsay, why not the F for ultra gas guzzlers? That’s the question we ask in response to the U.S. government’s new idea to include a grade from A to D for the fuel economy and emissions on the window label of a car…

CHRYSLER LURES DEALERS TOWARD FIAT

LA CAR REPORT – If you’re a Chrysler dealer, do you want to sell Fiats? For 400 Chrysler dealers, the answer was a resounding ‘yes’ today. And why not? It’s not like Chrysler is introducing an over-abundance of new products these days. With Fiat in the fold, there’s a real opportunity to sell some sorely needed new products in the one segment that Chrysler is lacking in—i.e., small cars. So for 400 Chrysler Group dealers, Chrysler hosted a get together in Auburn Hills, Michigan, to outline the requirements to become a Fiat dealer in the United States.

CAN A MILLION CHINESE HYBRIDS BE WRONG?

BACK SEAT DRIVING – China has not historically been at the forefront of the green movement. However, a major new effort to put more than a million hybrid and electric vehicles on the roads is part of a real sea change for the country. As part of the China’s plan to become a world leader in green technology, 16 big state-owned companies have agreed to form an alliance to do research and development and create standards for electric and hybrid vehicles.

THE NEW JEEP WRANGLER

LA CAR REPORT – Other than once every blue moon, Jeep doesn’t make changes to its Wrangler line, its most iconic of vehicles. So when Jeep says its new 2011 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited has undergone some changes, it’s a bit of news around here. Chrysler Group LLC released images today of the new 2011 Jeep® Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, and the most evident change is its all-new interior—a much more civilized one that the Wrangler has ever had. The second most noticeable change—an all-new body-color hard top for the popular Sahara model…

BURNING HUMAN FAT FOR HIGHER MPG

BACK SEAT DRIVING – Don’t get freaked out. We’re not talking Zombieland or that creepy Twilight Zone episode. And we don’t expect to see Soylent Green at a gas pump near you soon. No, we talking about losing that spare tire you’re carrying around your waist. We’ve mentioned before how automakers are using newer, lighter materials to reduce the weight of vehicles to improve fuel economy. But have you ever considered how our weight as a society has affected fuel economy?

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