Auto News for July 7 – Not All Gasoline Is The Same

Is all gasoline the same? Does it really make a difference where you fill up? AAA says to your engine it makes a big difference. Independent laboratory testing compared gasolines that meet TOP TIER standards often marketed to consumers as having enhanced, engine-cleaning detergent additives with gasoline brands that do not participate in the automaker-backed program. Among brands tested, non-TOP TIER gasolines caused 19 times more engine deposits than TOP TIER brands after just 4,000 miles of simulated driving. Such carbon deposits are known to reduce fuel economy, increase emissions and negatively impact vehicle performance, particularly on newer vehicles. “AAA was surprised to learn the extent to which detergent additives impact gasoline quality,” revealed John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “As advertised, tested TOP TIER gasolines kept engines remarkably cleaner than other fuels we tested.” The auto club said three quarters of drivers choose a gas station based on location or price and nearly half do not regularly buy gasoline that contains an enhanced detergent package. The TOP Tier petrol usually costs about three cents a gallon more, the auto club said. So the idea is to buy only at well-known brand name stations.

The new cast of Top Gear has not been able to generate favorable ratings in the U.K. with the final show of the season hitting a season low in viewers. Host Chris Evans has left the show and Variety said no replacement will be named. Co-Host Matt LeBlanc and the other “presenters” fill in. The ratings slump has many wondering how the Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May program on Amazon Prime will fair. No starting date for that show has been announced but there is speculation that the former Top Gear hosts will be on the telly in October.

There is controversy over a recent Tesla crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in which a Model X left the road, hit a guard rail and rolled over. The driver and passenger were not hurt. According to police, the driver told them he had engaged the vehicle’s Autopilot feature prior to the crash. Tesla said according to the data it has received the feature did not play a role in the mishap. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into the matter.

Another indication that the red hot sales pace recorded by automakers may be slowing down. S&P Global Ratings now believes the industry will sell 17.5 million vehicles, down from the previous forecast of 17.8. Like most economic bubbles there comes a time when, in this case, all those who wanted a new vehicle have purchased one. Automotive News said there is also some uneasiness about Britain’s leaving the European Union.

Congrats to the City of Chicago for adding 50 wheelchair-Accessible Taxis to its fleet.

The Kia Soul is a fun little run about that seemed a bit down in the power department. Now Motor Trend is reporting that the hamster mobile will get a turbo engine this winter. That is likely to be the 1.6-liter turbo four found in other Kia and Hyundai offerings, the magazine said.




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