Environmental Issues

Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust?

10:28 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Toyota is pitching the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor?...
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NICK GIBBS

New CO2 rules may benefit car design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Proposed changes to how fuel economy and emissions are measured could mean the end of useful-but-ugly side mirrors and other design changes on cars....
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Mercedes worst manipulator of EU fuel-economy test, report says

Nov. 6, 2014 12:04 CET
Mercedes is the worst offender in manipulating European fuel-efficiency tests, a move that costs the average car owner thousands of euros over the lifetime of a vehicle, green lobby group T&E said in a report....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Lower gas prices, longer alt-power payback

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
I've enjoyed seeing my gas tank fill-ups cost $10 to $15 less than usual. I'm sure that people selling bigger vehicles do, too. But one group probably isn't cheering: Anyone marketing alternative powertrain vehicles....
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Carmakers face uncertainly from EU's 2030 CO2 goals

Nov. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The EU's new 2030 climate and energy targets create uncertainty for automakers because they let member states decide whether to include transport pollution in the EU's carbon emissions trading system....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Dissecting Daimler's motorcycle deal

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Daimler's purchase of a stake in motorbike brand MV Agusta is nothing like Audi's purchase of Ducati....
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Daimler to buy 25% of motorbike maker MV Agusta

Oct. 31, 2014 16:04 CET
Daimler will buy a 25 percent stake in Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta as part of a long-term cooperation that gives the German car and truck maker access to lightweight three-cylinder engines....
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Jaguar prices XE's volume version above BMW 3 series

Oct. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
The Jaguar XE's likely best-selling model, the XE 2.0-liter diesel sedan, will start at 29,775 pounds (37,713 euros) in the UK, topping the price of rival BMW's equivalent model, the 320d Efficient Dynamics sedan, by 1,000 pounds....
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Renault sees frugal Eolab concept matching Clio's price

Oct. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault could sell the Eolab ultra fuel-efficient concept for a similar price to a diesel-powered Clio, if it decided to build the car, said Thierry Bollore, the company's chief competitive officer. The Clio DCi 90 costs 18,500 euros in France....
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EU will allow car emissions into carbon trading market

Oct. 23, 2014 13:55 CET
The European Union will make it easier to bring road transport emissions into the carbon trading market, a move critics say could empower carmakers to push back against more effective curbs on greenhouse gases....
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EU says Honeywell, DuPont car refrigerant deal may be illegal

Oct. 22, 2014 10:51 CET
The EU says auto supplier Honeywell's joint venture with chemicals company DuPont to produce an air conditioning refrigerant for cars may be anti-competitive as the deal may have blocked rivals keen to participate in the chemical's development....
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'Aggressive' EV ambitions will boost aluminum demand in China

Oct. 21, 2014 12:02 CET
China's drive to build electric cars as a way to combat pollution and reduce energy dependence is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of the material to automakers....
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WHO WANTS HYBRIDS?

Falling gasoline prices make alternative-fuel vehicles a tougher sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
For a sign of the challenges in selling fuel efficiency as a virtue, Tanner Hulette need only look at the signs near his dealership advertising gasoline for $2.70 a gallon. Hulette, general manager of Mechanicsville Toyota near Richmond, Va., said he's seeing higher demand for pickups and SUVs, and less interest in the Prius hybrid....
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Ford will invest 240 million euros in UK on cleaner diesels

Oct. 20, 2014 11:31 CET
Ford will invest a further 240 million euros (190 million pounds) in its factory in Dagenham, southern England, as part of a new diesel engine program. Ford will start producing low-carbon 2.0-liter diesels at the factory late next year....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

EU industry director wants to boost auto trade in Asia; warns of tougher CO2 rules

Oct. 9, 2014 06:30 CET
The new European Commission that takes office next month will make several decisions affecting automakers, including potentially tougher post-2020 CO2 emissions targets, its industry and enterprise director, Carlo Pettinelli, said....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Will the customer buy what governments demand?

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says that after a global wave of new emissions and fuel economy regulations, the automotive industry needs a break. In doing so, he's warning about the unintended consequences of rapid regulatory change....
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Winterkorn warns EU on overburdening automakers on CO2 emissions

Oct. 1, 2014 22:00 CET
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn warned EU regulators that it would be "fatal" to overburden the auto industry with tougher CO2 emission targets before a market can develop for electric cars, plug-in hybrids and other fuel-efficient models....
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PAUL MCVEIGH

For fuel efficiency, the time has come for plug-in hybrids

9:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Plug-in hybrids are about to become a lot more common on Europe's roads as the region's mass-market brands start to introduce such cars in a bid to lower the average CO2 emissions of their new-car fleets ahead of tougher EU limits....
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LUCA CIFERRI

Renault Eolab's funny numbers

5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some interesting calculations....
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CO2 from new cars in Europe 38% worse than promised, study says

Sept. 29, 2014 18:06 CET
European cars probably discharged 38 percent more CO2 on real-world roads last year than their ratings promised, a transportation lobby group said. That means more fuel, costing the average consumer an extra 450 euros a year....
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French use Paris to show progress in low-CO2 cars

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
French automakers are putting a big emphasis on fuel efficiency at the Paris auto show this year, having received financial help from the French government ahead of tougher new EU regulations....
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HANS GREIMEL

Why climate change could stall growth in emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets. But a new economic forecast says surging greenhouse gases, spurred partly by auto emissions, will throw cold water on that once-anticipated development boom....
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HANS GREIMEL

Why climate change could stall growth in emerging markets

6:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets as their teeming, upwardly mobile masses migrate from motorbikes to cars. So imagine the irony behind a new economic forecast that says surging greenhouse gases, spurred partly by auto emissions, will throw cold water on that once-anticipated development boom....
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California targets zero emission vehicles as Brown signs new laws

1:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown has a moonshot goal for the world's eighth-largest economy as he seeks to lead the global fight against climate change: 1.5 million zero-emission cars on state roads in the next decade....
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S class leads Mercedes' plug-in offensive

Sept. 23, 2014 16:08 CET
Mercedes will roll out at least 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017 -- starting with its flagship S-class sedan -- as the premium car manufacturer looks to fulfill strict carbon emission requirements in Europe....
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