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As we noted in our post last fall, Fuel Saving Devices - Helpful Gadgets or Mythical Fuel Savers?, most after-market fuel-saving gadgets don't actually help you save on fuel.

The best ways to improve your current vehicle's fuel economy are still the tried and true techniques like the ones we illustrate in our Ways to Save on Fuel infographic.

Fortunately, as competition heats up among car manufacturers to produce the most fuel efficient vehicle, automakers are incorporating more and more technologies that help drivers save on fuel.

What new technologies are we talking about? Well, for example, according to this article Car and Driver , new car buyers can looking forward to fuel economy improvements in areas such as:

Gearing
Just 10 years ago, six-speed automatics were found only in luxury and high-performance cars. These days, vehicles are available with seven or more speeds, which reduce your fuel consumption by keeping the engine operating at peak efficiency at any speed.

Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires
Keeping your tires properly inflated is one of our perennial fuel saving tips, but apparently engineers at Bridgestone have been developing low-rolling-resistance tires that can save more than 100 gallons of gas per year versus a standard tire.

Diesel
We talked about fuel efficient diesel vehicles becoming more popular in a previous post - as the article points out, "a gallon of diesel fuel contains more energy than a gallon of gasoline. Compression-ignition engines run at lower revs and generate gobs of torque, making them incredibly practical for daily driving."

Check out the full Car and Driver article to get the full low-down on these and six other new technologies that will help to improve the fuel economy of your next vehicle.

Are you in the market for a new vehicle? Is fuel economy a top concern when you buy a new car? Sound off in the comments!

- Rose R.

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