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Tuesday 19 September 2017
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Chevy Cruze Diesel, Toyota Milestone, Self-Driving Subaru Test Permit

Chevy Cruze Diesel, Toyota Milestone, Self-Driving Subaru Test Permit

2017 Chevy Cruze diesel fuel economy, Subaru’s new self-driving car testing permit and Toyota’s major milestone. It’s all in this week’s Auto News in :60.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

If you’re into diesels and want impressive fuel economy, General Motors has a vehicle that could have your name on it. It’s the 2017 Chevy Cruze diesel sedan.

The automaker is finally releasing official fuel economy stats. The six-speed manual will make an EPA-estimated 52-miles to the gallon on the highway.  That number will make it the most fuel efficient non-hybrid or electric car on the road.

The Cruze diesel should arrive at dealers soon and a Cruze diesel hatchback will follow as a 2018 model. Check out our review of the 2017 Cruze Hatchback here.

Subaru’s New Self-Driving Test Permit

Subaru is the latest automaker to get a permit to test self-driving cars in California.

The automaker received the DMV’s okay to test its autonomous tech on its public roads on February 9th. More than two dozen automakers and technology companies now have permits to test self-driving technology in the Golden State. They include BMW, Honda, Ford, Waymo, Tesla, Nvidia and Delphi. 

Subaru is well known for its driver assistance EyeSight system. It’s a suite of safety features that utilize a set of dual color cameras that scan the road for unanticipated dangers and warn drivers.

Subaru also hopes to offer a system that will navigate curves and bends, as well as autonomous lane switching, by 2020.

Toyota Hits Hybrid Milestone

Toyota is celebrating a big milestone. Sales of its hybrids topped the 10 million mark in January. That’s quite a few vehicles since it first introduced the Prius in Japan back in 1997.

Toyota says all those hybrids on the road have saved nearly 7.7 billion gallons of gasoline and kept 77 million tons of CO2 out the air.

Toyota now offers 34 hybrid vehicles across its Toyota and Lexus lineups.

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