Efficient Conventional Cars at NAIAS 2011

By Mashfique Hussain Chowdhury Our first report on the 2008 Sharjah Auto Show showcases the privately owned tuner cars displayed in Hall 3 Various cars range from hydraulically suspended Lexuses to monster trucking Isuzus

Recently I stumbled upon a fantastic article by Green Technology Energy, posted yesterday, over on Green Technology Energy entitled Efficient Conventional Cars at NAIAS 2011 that I would encourage everyone to read! Here’s a couple of excerpts in the hope of piquing your interest!

Although green cars are present in greater numbers than ever at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, they are not necessarily the most interesting environmental story. Many manufacturers this year have one model or another of their cars connected to a pylon with a conspicuous electrical cord, as manufacturers including Chevrolet, Ford, Volvo, Toyota and Volkswagen all had plug-in hybrids or EVs on display. But that largely seems to be everyone rushing to fill the new segment so that they can say, “Yeah, we have one of those, too.” Although it isn’t what the manufacturers are hyping with their displays, there are growing numbers of cars with mileage in the 40s. (And while we should recall why MPG is a stupid way to measure fuel economy, that’s the standard that’s used, so we’ll continue to reference it here.

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More importantly, these are generally more affordable cars. Many of these models are under $20,000 (and some are significantly less than that). This means that many more of these cars will be on the roads in the coming years than the flashy but more expensive hybrids and EVs. Chevrolet Cruze ECO – 28 MPG city/42 highway – includes special aerodynamic package that gives it the same aerodynamic figures as the Volt. At highway speed, dampers close the front grille, helping improve airflow and efficiency. Chevrolet Sonic – pending – will be a Fall release, so final efficiency numbers have not yet been released, although the figure of 40 MPG was mentioned during Chevy’s presentation. Ford Fiesta – 29 MPG city/40 highway – a fuel efficient version with the optional Super Fuel Economy Package gets Ford into the 40+ club.

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An electric version is also available to drive in the test drive area of the show’s lower level. Volkswagen Golf (diesel) – 30 MPG city/41 highway – makes the list (though above the $20,000 line) with the TDI Clean Diesel version. This is largely a result of lots of small engineering decisions and improvements, the application of overall design rather than climbing behind something something wildly different in order to be transformative. The fruits of research into new vehicles leads to spin-off benefits that can be applied to all kinds of cars. Underbody panels (to take one example) help improve the aerodynamics of more conventional cars as well as the headlining green vehicles.

Reading this got me thinking so I googled for some more articles on the subject and discovered some more greatarticles. For example, this post posted two days ago, by zool, on Car Blog Info:

us Thousand from global auto industry gather in Detroit this weekend for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Center. The show will be held on Jan 11 – Jan 23 at Detroit. There’s many car website do the live coverage but I stick with autoblog .We don’t have any person there so can’t give any live coverage. Read and watch the future vehicle in the auto show.

Finally, another fantastic post came from admin on wisnuaji dot com posted yesterday, entitled Detroit Auto Show, 2011 Detroit Auto Show, North American … which is also definitely worth a look!

2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit are January 10-23, 2011. The show features world debuts, concept cars, new production models and more at the COBO Center in Detrot. It is among the largest auto shows in North America. The 2011 show will run from January 10 through January 23. * January 10-11 – Press preview * January 12-13 – Industry preview * January 14 – Charity preview * January 15-23 – Open to the public Porsche will return to the show for the first time since 2007. Nissan also announced its planned 2012 return to NAIAS. A new “Smarter Living in Michigan” section showcased alternative energy technologies outside of the automotive sector, in addition to an electric vehicle track condensed from its 2010 size.

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The Chevrolet Volt and Ford Explorer were selected to receive the show’s North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. The Civic concept shows what the next generation Honda Civic will look like. The new Civic will offer a new interpretation of the current Civic’s “one-motion” style, Honda says. The 2012 Civic will be even more fuel efficient, according to Honda. Like today, a hybrid version will be available.

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