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Confessions of a diesel junkie
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Aug. 3
My addiction to diesels began in 1980 with an Opel Rekord 2.0 D (left). It had just 58.5 hp, barely reached 130kph and used 10 liters of diesel per 100km. The most recent diesel I have tested is the Renault Talisman (right), which delivers 160hp – from a smaller engine – has a top speed of 215kph and burns a third less fuel.
My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career as a motoring journalist may no longer be realistic. Why? Because by 2030 diesels are forecast to account for just 9 percent of new-car sales in Europe, according to a recent study by AlixPartners, compared with about 50 percent today.
The cause of the massive shift is the expectation that automake ...
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PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, July 7
PSA recently had 30 Citroen, DS and Peugeot models undergo real world driving test to determine the true fuel consumption of those models.
Give credit to PSA Group for being bold enough to reveal in great detail something none of its rivals would publicly admit: That the CO2 numbers on the cars sold in Europe are bogus. How bad? On average the emission produced during real world driving are more than 40 percent worse than promised.
That was the result of tests PSA did on 30 Citroen, DS and Peugeot models together with non-government ...
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How to push self-driving tech to the limits without the risks
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, July 6
The 3xD Simulator is equipped with 8 high-resolution projectors that can throw images around the 360-degree screen to try and trick a car's autonomous driving sensors.
Last week Tesla revealed it was being investigated following a fatal accident in which the firm’s so-called Autopilot system failed to spot a truck pulling across a highway in bright sunshine. CEO Elon Musk called the circumstances of the crash “extremely rare.”
But how do you test for extremely rare scenarios? One answer is to use computer simulation.
The day before Musk&rsquo ...
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Volvo defies gravity
Posted 8:33 am U.S. ET, July 5
The 8-year-old XC60 was Volvo's global best-seller last year. It accounted for more than 30% of the Swedish brand's record-breaking 2015 sales.
When Automotive News Europe began its by-segment analysis 15 years ago we decided to divide the world into volume and premium brands. The problem was that five automakers fit neither category so internally we deemed them as near premium. Those automakers were Volvo, Saab, Rover, Alfa Romeo and Lancia. All five had an average transaction price that exceeded the volume brands but that gap didn't mat ...
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BMW CEO scores first big win with Intel, Mobileye deal
Posted 10:40 am U.S. ET, July 2
BMW CEO Krueger has made the boldest promise of any automotive brand about self-driving cars thus far.
Harald Krueger hasn’t had the easiest of starts as BMW CEO. When he inherited the post, the company had enjoyed 10 hugely successful years following the Strategy Number One plan created by his predecessor, Norbert Reithofer. Krueger arrived right as BMW and the overall industry found itself at a crossroads.
First, the tremendous growth in sales and profits in China has disappeared so much s ...
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Why Europe's car buyer categories need a shake-up
Posted 4:49 am U.S. ET, July 1
| Douglas A. Bolduc is Managing Editor at Automotive News Europe.|
What do Young Climbers, Beauty Enthusiasts, Connoisseurs of Cool and the Bobo Family have in common? No, they aren’t the names of new rock bands, they are the purposely provocative categories that Johnson Controls Automotive Seating has given to today’s car buyers in Europe. Why? Because it argues that the segment classifications aren’t telling the full story.
Johnson Controls i ...
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Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker
Posted 5:42 am U.S. ET, June 28
| Nick Gibbs is UK Correspondent at Automotive News Europe.|
Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the politically and economically explosive decision by the country’s voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me.
That could be one reason why the Japanese firm is the only major manufacturer building cars in the UK that has yet to comment on the effect of the so-called Brexit.
The shock is understandable. Sunderla ...
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Goodbye to the Europe I knew
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 27
I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. I had the privilege of living in London for six years, covering the auto industry for our sibling publication Automotive News Europe. To live in a city that seemed the center of the civilized world was thrilling for a guy from a small Indiana town.I had to pinch myself that I was getting paid to vis ...
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Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, June 23
Toyota was about end its 0-for-18 streak at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend, but a technical problem cost it the race in the last lap.
Motorsports can be cruel. Toyota was reminded of this when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche during the final lap of the world’s most famous endurance race. I was with Toyota’s executive team members when their near elation was transformed into complete deflation last weekend.
After 23 hours and 53 minutes of racing, Toyota had built a lead of about 80 seconds on the closest ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management
Posted 6:40 am U.S. ET, June 22
Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.
When Volkswagen's 56th annual meeting began today, there were long lines outside the Hanover trade fair grounds as 3,000 shareholders waited patiently to be ushered through the dozen metal detectors dotting the entrance.
"They say it will be a long day," one of the numerous security guards said to his colleague as they watched investors stream through the gates on their way to the adjacent Hall 3 ...
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When shareholders gather in Hanover on Wednesday for what is sure to be a turbulent annual meeting, one of the executives they see on the podium is the official target of an investigation into criminal misconduct.
The charge levied by Germany's securities regulator is effectively lying to investors by omission about the existence of the U.S. probe into its diesel emissions – or “manip ...