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Toyota's 2050 emissions goal seen as wake-up call to suppliers

Oct. 30, 2015 12:27 CET

Toyota's second-biggest supplier, Aisin Seiki, says the carmaker's goal to almost eliminate conventional combustion engines by 2050 is a wake-up call for parts makers to transform their businesses.... Read More »

ANE's November e-magazine goes live Monday

Oct. 30, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Nov. 2. This month's edition looks at the effect VW's Dieselgate scandal is having on the automaker, Made-in-Germany quality and the diesel engine.... Read More »

BMW plans to market fuel cell sedan after 2020

7:36 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015

BMW says its first fuel cell vehicle would likely be a larger-sized sedan that would go on sale after 2020, when a hydrogen development partnership ends between the German luxury automaker and Toyota.... Read More »

Swatch mulls IPO for EV battery unit as VW scandal boosts interest

9:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015

Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek is considering an initial public offering for the clean-power unit that builds batteries for electric cars as Volkswagen's diesel emissions violations boost interest in energy-efficient technology.... Read More »


Honda takes on Toyota Mirai with roomier fuel cell sedan

6:06 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

Honda will begin sales of a $63,000 (7.66 million yen) hydrogen-powered sedan in March that has a longer driving range and a roomier interior than Toyota's Mirai fuel cell car.... Read More »


Mercedes-Benz's Vision Tokyo imagines car as a 'chill-out zone'

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept car lays out a vision of luxury driving in the future, one in which self-driving technology has advanced to the point that the vehicle's interior is allowed to resemble a lounge more than a car.... Read More »

Honda readies volley of new drivetrain tech

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Honda is readying a new wave of powertrain technologies that aim to boost fuel economy and performance while burnishing the company's reputation for innovation.... Read More »

Lexus may add LS-based fuel cell sedan, report says

Oct. 23, 2015 15:35 CET

Lexus may add a fuel cell car based on its LS flagship sedan, a report said. Lexus parent, Toyota, is betting heavily on fuel cell vehicles and has already launched the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell car, the Mirai.... Read More »

Tesla, Musk shine from free celebrity marketing, but will it last?

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2015

Stephen Colbert's glowing report about his Tesla show how the automaker benefits from celebrity enthusiasm -- for free, from customers that include Oprah Winfrey -- to promote the brand. Throw in some viral Internet clips, test drives and customer referral programs, and Tesla is able to spend money on developing products instead of on marketing.... Read More »

Stanford goes 'Back to the Future' with a self-driving DeLorean

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

On the eve of what has become known as “Back to the Future Day,” Stanford University researchers unveiled a self-driving DeLorean that can burn rubber under robot control, suggesting the future might not be so dismal after all.... Read More »

GM, LG form broad partnership for Bolt EV

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

General Motors has forged a broad partnership with LG for the development of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle, sourcing everything from battery cells and electric motors to the infotainment system from the Korean company.... Read More »

Apple's auto ambitions sideswipe electric motorcycle startup

2:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Apple's aggressive recruitment of auto experts as it explores building a car has left a promising, if financially troubled, electric motorcycle startup in the dust. Mission Motors, whose sleek electric bikes drew comparisons to Tesla's cars, ceased operations in May.... Read More »

Toyota shoots to be CO2-free; now comes the hard part

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Toyota has spelled out its bold plan to virtually wipe out deployment of traditional gasoline engines by 2050 in a bid to slash its corporate carbon footprint. Now the hard part: Getting its sprawling network of suppliers, dealers and customers onboard for the radical upheaval.... Read More »

Prius greener, but will it be meaner?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Toyota popped the hood of its next-generation Prius, detailing a litany of impressive high-tech upgrades to the flagship hybrid in everything from fuel economy to safety. But despite promising much livelier driving dynamics, the car's engineers steered clear of one key specification: horsepower.... Read More »

Toyota targets Mirai fuel cell car at Germany, UK

Oct. 16, 2015 12:29 CET

Toyota will focus European sales of its Mirai fuel cell sedan on Germany and the UK because those countries are expanding their refueling infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles.... Read More »

Volvo will add EV, extend plug-in hybrid lineup

Oct. 15, 2015 11:07 CET

Volvo is developing its first full-electric car and broadening its range of plug-in hybrid vehicles, betting that their time has come in the wake of VW's diesel-emissions scandal.... Read More »

Toyota goes 'Back to the Future' to pitch Mirai

5:39 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Toyota intends to have some fun with the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future and the launch of its latest green model.... Read More »

Toyota outlines ambitious plan to slash CO2

6:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Toyota aims to sell 30,000 fuel cell vehicles and 7 million additional hybrids by 2020 as part of a sweeping new environmental plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions. The automaker targets a 90 percent cut in average carbon dioxide emissions from new vehicles by 2050.... Read More »


BLOG: Cleaning up the diesel engine, upstream

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has promising projects that reduce diesel emissions in the cylinder.... Read More »

VW retools diesel strategy, plans electric push

9:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Volkswagen plans a shift in focus to more plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles as the company adopts diesel technology it previously eschewed for smaller models.... Read More »

Toyota, aiming for new showcase, packs Prius with tech

12:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Toyota is packing the next-generation Prius with such a profusion of new technologies that it makes the best-selling hybrid truly worthy of its name, which means “to go before.” The fourth-generation Prius aims to be a showcase for the brand's latest powertrain, chassis and safety technologies.... Read More »

Aston Martin seeks 'beauty and soul' in all-electric sports cars

6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Aston Martin, the 102 year-old maker of high-performance cars featured in the next James Bond film, is envisioning a future when its engines are fueled by electricity instead of gasoline.... Read More »

Volvo will debut compact SUV in 2018, sources say

Oct. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Volvo will debut its compact SUV, expected to be called the XC40, in early 2018, sources said. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said a compact SUV is a priority for Volvo but he declined to confirm the name of the model or the timing of its arrival.... Read More »

Ford commits $1.8 billion to r&d in China

6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Ford will invest $1.8 billion over the next five years to expand r&d in China, the latest effort by the U.S. carmaker to secure a larger slice of the world's biggest auto market.... Read More »

Lexus to debut new concept in Tokyo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Lexus promises to show a new concept car this month at the Tokyo Motor Show but is withholding details until its unveiling. One possibility: a preview of a luxury fuel cell car, likely based on the brand's flagship LS.... Read More »

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