March 17, 2009
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Springtime Means It's Time to Change Out Those Snow Tires

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- Driving on deeper treaded tires wastes gas, so make sure to remove your snow tires for better weather seasons.

- While you're down there, it wouldn't hurt to rotate your tires and make sure that they're entirely inflated.




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The Dodge Ram Goes Green...er...That is, Green-er

Luxury Automakers Still Eschew Fuel Economy Gains

BWC Announces 2010 List of Worst Gas Guzzlers


Maybe we've finally made our mark on the auto industry and convinced automakers to consider fuel efficiency in the engineering of their new vehicles. Or, maybe automakers are just finally listening to consumers and delivering a wider range of vehicles with better gas mileage. Either way, the Dodge Ram, a longtime staple of our gas guzzlers list (sniff, sniff, we'll miss you Dodge Ram!), has gotten just a bit greener and moved out of surcharge territory. At 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway, the 2010 Ram is now just about as fuel efficient as most other heavy duty pickups.

But don't worry, the other mainstays of our list came through for another year. We're honestly surprised that we're still able to fill our list with vehicles that all get less than 10 miles to the gallon in the city. Apparently luxury automakers haven't caught on to the trend. Or, after all of Toyota's trouble with its safety recalls, maybe they just think it's enough that their cars can stop.

This year's list includes the Lamborghini Murcielago (8 mpg city and 13 highway); the Bentley Azure (9/15); the Bentley Brooklans (9/15); and the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti (9/16). New members who own any of the vehicles on BWC's gas guzzlers list are assessed a 20% surcharge on their enrollments. Any money we collect through the surcharge is given as part of BWC's annual donation. Since drivers of any of the vehicles on this year's list could probably afford to buy a flatbed tow truck load of new memberships, we're sure they'll join anyway.

Sadly, none of the vehicles from GM's Hummer brand made the list for what will probably be the brand's final year. A bittersweet end for the gas guzzling SUV that we all loved to hate.

Check our complete list of gas guzzlers from the last five model years at our join page. (And while you're there, you might as well just type in your credit card number and join if you aren't already a member.)

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Menunkatuck Audubon Society is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society that serves the towns of Madison, Guilford, Branford, East Haven, New Haven, and West Haven, Connecticut. Menunkatuck works locally to preserve natural ecosystems for the benefit of local communities and the earth's biodiversity. Through education and conservation programs, Menunkatuck raises public awareness of environmental issues and our connections to the natural world.

The society's current projects include opposing a gas pipeline through North Haven, North Branford, Branford and into and across Long Island Sound, and a drive to prevent the development of Griswold Airport in Madison and maintain the area as an open space.

Better World Club is excited to support Menunkatuck in its conservation and education efforts and hopes to develop partnerships with other Audubon chapters throughout the country. Find out more about Menunkatuck. Check out its archive of newsletters here. Complete Story



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Washington Watch
Unsafe at Any Unintended Speed

Washington Needs to Re-Evaluate the Relationship Between Automakers and the NHTSA

Do We Need a New Nader? (We'd Be Happy With the Old On)


On March 5, a Congressional panel investigating the safety recall of millions of Toyota vehicles over problems with unexpected acceleration requested that Toyota submit more convincing documents to prove that electronics systems were not the source of acceleration problems. Toyota executives had appeared at Congressional hearings during the last week of February and testified that its recalls had effectively addressed the problem of unintended acceleration and that no flaws had been found with its electronic controls.

Where's Ralph Nader when we need him? Maybe he really is convinced that only the super rich can save us. Or maybe the whole Toyota thing will be just the impetus we needed to call a new champion from the wings. We've got our hands full here at the BWC offices, but we'll give a free renewal to the next of our members we see testifying at a Congressional hearing.

Short of that, if you have a Toyota acceleration story to tell, please click through to share it with our other Kicking Asphalt readers in the comments section.

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Too Lazy to March on Washington Yourself? Good News!

The Green Riders Are Taking the Fight for Sustainability to the White House For You


Better World Club member Oliver Bock (who is also a co-founder and board member of New Voice of Business) and his sister, Catherine, are traveling across the country on electric bicycles to discover and promote a sustainable future. Their two month adventure will depart from California on Earth Day, April 22, 2010 and continue until they reach the White House in Washington, DC.

Upon arriving in Washington, the Green Riders will deliver a petition, The Declaration of Interdependence, to the White House. Care about sustainability but can't make it to DC? Sign the petition.

Go Catherine and Oliver!

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BWC Alternative Fuel Report
An Irishman Walks Into a Gas Station...And Alternative Fuel Prices Are Up

At Least It's St. Patrick's Day! Go Ahead and Drown those Sorrows (Just Make Sure not to Drive!)


Fuel
Type

West
Coast

Rocky
Mtn.

Mid
West

Gulf
Coast

New
England

Mid
Atlantic

South

U.S.

Gasoline

3.01

2.73

2.74

2.67

2.78

2.78

2.77

2.78

Diesel

3.01

2.92

2.90

2.90

3.02

3.01

2.90

2.95


With the exception of B99 prices in the West, prices for both B20 and B99 rose in all regions since our last report, contributing to more than a $0.10 rise in the prices of both fuels nationally. CNG prices also rose in every region except the West and rose nationally by $0.22. On average, E85 prices changed little from our previous figures.

Gasoline and diesel prices rose in all regions and mirrored trends in alternative fuel prices nationally.


Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

3.15

2.79

3.04

3.14

2.80

2.98

BioDiesel
B99

3.45

3.03

N/A

3.12

2.90

3.12

Ethanol
E85

2.67

2.58

2.22

2.64

2.45

2.51

CNG

2.39

1.97

1.59

2.34

2.02

2.09




Do you have an unnatural interest in fuel prices? Are you a fan of tables filled with important looking numbers? If so, we recommend finding a healthier hobby (
like following the swallows back to San Juan Capistrano). Or you can feed your fetish by checking out BWC's previous Alternative Fuel Report, " Prices Rise as Temperatures Fall," published in the December 23rd issue of 'Kicking Asphalt.'

BWC High-Mileage Review
If the Shoe Fits, Take it For a Test Drive

After Three Years, We Can Still Get Into the Honda Fit


For the first time in Kicking Asphalt history we're re-reviewing a high mileage car. Back in January, 2008 we covered the 2007 Honda Fit, which was released for the first time in the United States in 2006. A member got in touch and asked our opinion of the new model, so we thought we'd go ahead and take another close look. Three model years later, it's still a good fit.

The Fit is inexpensive, fuel efficient, and safe. And, while earlier Fit models were criticized for their cheap looking interiors, the 2010 redesign brought with it a higher quality interior styling that adds visual appeal to the Fit's space efficiency (it has 20.6 cubic feet of cargo room and comfortably seats two adults in the back seat). The newest Fit also has a more detailed and aerodynamic exterior, although it's still a taller hatchback, so it can't help looking a little like a mini minivan.

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Recall Information
February 2010 Recalls

You can check out the complete List of February Recalls, or go directly to a particular manufacturer:

BMW / Daimler Trucks / Entegra / General Motors / Honda / Hyundai / Jayco / Keystone / Mazda / Mitsubishi / Navistar / Peterbilt / Toyota / TrailManor

Lemon Information
The 2009 Scion XB

Better World Club's "Lemon Information" highlights consumer complaints against a different car model each month. We are not editorializing or claiming that these cars are necessarily lemons. Instead, we are merely providing information and ask readers to form their own opinions.

Component: Tires
Complaint: Tire placard indicates that tires should be inflated to 35 psi front and 32 psi rear. It should have shown 39 and 37 respectively. Customer drove nearly 18,000 miles on under-inflated tires.

Component: Air bags
Complaint: Air bags did not deploy in collision. Customer was driving approximately 15 mph. Read More

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