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(NAPSI)—With oil hovering around $100 per barrel and gasoline prices continuing to rise, more car buyers are interested in cars, trucks and utilities that offer fuel economy, especially those with EPA-certified ratings of 40 mpg or more.

To achieve this, car manufacturers are working to improve aerodynamics and fuel-saving technologies.

For example, Ford recently designed the PowerShift, a dry dual-clutch automatic transmission, six-speed automatic transmissions, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and EcoBoost engines that save on fuel with no compromise to driving excitement.

One of their newest cars is the Focus SFE, EPA certified at 40 mpg highway and 28 mpg city. Focus joins the 41-mpg-city Fusion Hybrid and 40-mpg-highway Fiesta in the 40-mpg-and-over club.

In addition, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan inAmerica, with its 41-mpg-city EPA-certified rating.

The arrival of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine later this year in the Edge crossover and Explorer SUV will see two more nameplates join the best-in-class mpg club.

More of the company’s fuel economy stars include:

• Mustang V6: the first car in history to deliver the combination of 300-plus horsepower and more than 30 mpg.

• F-150: Its 302-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic deliver a best-in-class 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

• Fiesta: The combination of a 120-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder and available six-speed dual-clutch PowerShift automatic transmission delivers 40 mpg on the highway.

• Super Duty: The 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine delivers as much as 20 percent better fuel economy than the 6.4-liter it replaced.

• Edge: Edge delivers 19 mpg city and a best-in-class 27 mpg highway. The upcoming 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine in the 2012 Edge is expected to deliver even greater economy.

• Fusion Hybrid remains America’s most fuel-efficient midsize family sedan, topping the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 10 mpg in the city, according to the EPA.

• Escape Hybrid, Transit Connect, Ranger and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid also lead their segments.

Car buyers will be paying close attention to mileage numbers in the near future and these efficient cars are likely to benefit from that trend.

If you can’t afford a new car to save fuel (don’t worry, you’re not alone), then the next best thing is to get your car tuned up.

Tunning up a car will help improve mileage. As will driving smarter, ie, don’t be heavy on that gas pedal and plan your trips.

We can assist you with tune up your car or truck at Rick Stroud’s Auto. A full service independent family owned and operated auto repair and maintenance shop here in St. Petersburg, Florida.