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    • By William Maley
      Mercedes-Benz is still waiting on the EPA to give the ok for them sell 2017 model year diesel vehicles. This is causing them to rethink their diesel strategy in the U.S.
      Speaking with reporters at the New York Auto Show this week, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler said engineers are still in talks with the EPA over their diesel vehicles. Exler admitted that he isn't aware of the current status of those talks. When asked about the future of diesel sales for the U.S., Exler said,
      "No decision made one way or the other."
      Before the EPA put all 2017 model year diesel vehicles under an intense review process, only 2 to 3 percent of Mercedes' total U.S. sales were made up of diesels.
      It should be noted that Mercedes-Benz has also canned plans on bringing over diesel version of the C-Class sedan last year.
      Exler said the focus going forward would be electric vehicles, with 10 new EVs being launch by 2025.
      Source: Reuters

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    • By William Maley
      Mercedes-Benz is still waiting on the EPA to give the ok for them sell 2017 model year diesel vehicles. This is causing them to rethink their diesel strategy in the U.S.
      Speaking with reporters at the New York Auto Show this week, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler said engineers are still in talks with the EPA over their diesel vehicles. Exler admitted that he isn't aware of the current status of those talks. When asked about the future of diesel sales for the U.S., Exler said,
      "No decision made one way or the other."
      Before the EPA put all 2017 model year diesel vehicles under an intense review process, only 2 to 3 percent of Mercedes' total U.S. sales were made up of diesels.
      It should be noted that Mercedes-Benz has also canned plans on bringing over diesel version of the C-Class sedan last year.
      Exler said the focus going forward would be electric vehicles, with 10 new EVs being launch by 2025.
      Source: Reuters
    • By dfelt
      G. David Felt - Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.cheersandgears.com
      Rotary Powered Hybrid from Mazda?

      According to Autoblog web site, Mazda has filed new patents that would use a single piston rotary generator to power an electric fwd hybrid auto. Mazda first brought this idea up in 2015 when they showed off their Mazda2 RE Range-Extender auto. This was powered by a 330CC rotary generator. This auto was patented but seemed to just go quiet. Two years later, Mazda has updated their patents and now seems to want to push this out globally on their product line.
      The design of this auto's hybrid system seems to mirror the BMW i3 range extended auto. Thanks to the small size of the Rotary motor, this allows expanded space for a battery pack. Per the story, the rotary's strength is how small, quiet and smooth this engine runs which is a big benefit over small piston engines. They also state how they will close the intake port so there is no fuel or exhaust leaks leading to better fuel economy and emissions which is two known weaknesses of rotary engines.

      Over all, the patent filings and updates would imply the roomy benefits of an EV but with the range benefits of the Volt. Instant torque for quick Zoom Zoom driving in a quiet package that will challange them all.
    • By dfelt
      Cruze Diesel Review by Green Car
      http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109762_2017-chevrolet-cruze-diesel-first-drive
      Came across this review of the cruze diesel and have to say I was impressed by the writeup, pictures and found the following two quotes to be very telling of just how well Cheverolet nailed the new Diesel Cruze.
      Quote 1
      Driving the Prius for mileage was an annoying affair, requiring me to putter away from stoplights and hang out in the slow lane on the freeway as other cars passed, just so I could come up short on the EPA-estimated freeway figure. It was tiring and tedious.
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      GM needs to apply these same traits to all their product lines.
    • By William Maley
      Mazda Sales Increase 4.9 Percent in March
      Fourth-Generation MX-5 Miata Records Best-Ever Sales Month IRVINE, Calif., April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations today reported March U.S. sales of 24,549 vehicles, representing an increase of 4.9 percent versus March of last year. With an equal amount of selling days in 2017 as in 2016, year-to-date sales through March are up 6.8 percent versus last year, with 69,071 vehicles sold.
      Key March sales notes:
      The Mazda MX-5 posted its best March since 2008 with 1,345 vehicles sold. Combined MX-5 RF and soft top sales are up 23.4 percent year-over-year, representing the fourth-generation MX-5's best-ever sales month since going on sale in June 2015. Mazda CX-9 roared to an impressive March, recording 2,550 sales. With a 2079.5-percent YOY increase, this represents CX-9's best March since 2013. Sales of the outgoing 2016.5 CX-5 recorded a modest 5.5-percent decline with 8,470 vehicles sold. The all-new 2017 CX-5 began arriving at dealerships nationwide during the last week in March. Total sales of Mazda's CX crossover SUV line, including the CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9, were up 13.3 percent YOY with 12,271 vehicles sold in the month of March. When making purchase decisions regarding crossover SUVs, a majority of Mazda customers continue to choose the AWD option, with 62.2 percent of CX-line vehicles sold in March being equipped with predictive i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive.   Month-To-Date
        Year-To-Date
                                          March
        March
        %
        % MTD
        March
        March
        %
        % YTD
        2017
        2016
        Change
        DSR
        2017
        2016
        Change
        DSR
                                          Mazda2
      -
        -
        N/A
        N/A
        -
        -
        N/A
        N/A
        Mazda3
      7,137
        7,307
        (2.3)%
        (2.3)%
        20,606
        22,133
        (6.9)%
        (6.9)%
        Mazda5
      2
        75
        (97.3)%
        (97.3)%
        5
        205
        (97.6)%
        (97.6)%
        Mazda6
      3,794
        4,094
        (7.3)%
        (7.3)%
        10,692
        10,283
        4.0%
        4.0%
        MX-5 Miata
      1,345
        1,090
        23.4%
        23.4%
        3,382
        2,409
        40.4%
        40.4%
        CX-3
      1,251
        1,748
        (28.4)%
        (28.4)%
        3,714
        4,917
        (24.5)%
        (24.5)%
        CX-5
      8,470
        8,965
        (5.5)%
        (5.5)%
        24,374
        23,607
        3.2%
        3.2%
        CX-9
      2,550
        117
        2079.5%
        2079.5%
        6,298
        1,090
        477.8%
        477.8%
                                          Total Vehicles
                                                                        CARS
      12,278
        12,566
        (2.3)%
        (2.3)%
        34,685
        35,030
        (1.0)%
        (1.0)%
        TRUCKS
      12,271
        10,830
        13.3%
        13.3%
        34,386
        29,614
        16.1%
        16.1%
                                          TOTAL
      24,549
        23,396
        4.9%
        4.9%
        69,071
        64,644
        6.8%
        6.8%
                                                                            Selling Days
      27
        27
                75
        75
                                                                                     
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