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Major News are: Carbon-fiber parts and a software fix , 2013 Ford Mustang  - $54,995 , Subaru recalls 275,000 Forester for seat belt fix, Fuel economy is up and Vehicle emissions are down, EPA report.

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Fuel economy is up and Vehicle emissions are down, EPA report

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The Environmental Protection Agency released its emissions and fuel-economy report for 2010. Adjusted emissions are down across the board, at 395 grams of carbon dioxide per mile. That’s a record low for the post-1975 database.

The report included several highlights. Besides the fact that emissions are down and fuel economy is up, the truck-segment market share is up; so are weight and power across all segments. Additionally, the new technologies are quickly gaining market share. According to the report, since 1975, CO2 output has gone through four phases. From 1975 to 1981, it decreased rapidly; after that, it decreased slowly until it reached a valley in 1987. It increased again until 2004, then started going down through 2009. And as CO2 emissions have decreased, adjusted fuel economy has gone up, now to an average of 28.4 mpg for cars.

In terms of market share, the number of direct-injection engines doubled for the 2010 model year and are on pace to triple for 2011. Turbo charging is expected to double, as are engines with cylinder deactivation. Multivalve engines, which made up 62 percent of the market in 2004, now make up 85 percent. Just 3 percent of cars had a six-speed transmission in 2004; that number has grown to 52.4 percent now.

Subaru recalls 275,000 Forester for seat belt fix

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Subaru will recollect certain Forester models produced in model years 2009-11. About 275,000 of the small SUVs could be affected by a problem with the automatic locking retractor in the seatbelt assembly.

In the recall announcement, Subaru says the assemblies do not meet federal motor-vehicle safety standards for occupant crash protection. The assemblies will not allow proper child-seat installation, which could lead to injury in the case of a crash.

Subaru will replace the rear-center seatbelt assembly with a newly modified locking retractor free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April.

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 starts – $54,995

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The muscle-car hammer known as the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will start at $54,995 for the coupe and $59,995 the convertible. Both prices include the $795 destination charge. The 200-mph pony car from the Blue Oval comes with a 650-hp, 5.8-liter supercharged V8 and a manual transmission standard.

For $3,495, buyers can add the SVT Performance package, which includes a Torsion differential, 19-inch front wheels, 20s in the rear, Brillstein adjustable dampers and unique rear springs for improved performance. It also includes a package-specific instrument cluster and gear-shift knob. Inside, the $2,340 Electronics package adds voice-activated navigation, satellite radio and HD radio and dual-zone temperature control. Leather Recaro seats will tack on another $1,595 to the 2013 Shelby GT500′s price.

With all of the goodies added up, the price of admission is $62,425 on the Ford Web site. Chevrolet’s muscle machine, the Camaro ZL1, also starts out at $54,995 but has more options available to raise the price.

Carbon-fiber parts and a software fix help create a lighter, faster fiat

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Chrysler Group’s Mopar parts brand and Italian supplier Magneti Marelli have teamed up on a design exercise based on the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth that shaved weight and added horsepower.

The vehicle, called the Venom, has a number of carbon fiber components — hood and side mirrors, for example — that makes it about 200 pounds lighter than the 2,512-pound Abarth. The Venom uses software updates and additional exhaust components to boost the Abarth’s standard 160-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged engine’s output by as much as 25 percent. The coupe’s roof is decorated with a large matte-black Scorpion, the historic symbol for the Abarth.

The Venom was shown to journalists in Las Vegas to demonstrate off-the-shelf customizing options available to European customizes from Mopar and Magneti Marelli, which is part of Fiat Group in Europe. The parts are not currently available in the United States.

Courtesy: Autoweek

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