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Renault aims to be Europe's 2nd-largest brand by 2017

April 9, 2014 06:15 CET
Renault aims to be Europe's No. 2 brand by unit sales after Volkswagen, the automaker's Europe boss, Stefan Mueller, told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Why Volvo CEO believes his automaker is better off than rivals in China

April 8, 2014 06:15 CET
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says his company's relationship with owner Zhejiang Geely Holding gives it a big advantage over rivals in China.... Read More »

 

Tesla cars to get fewer green credits as California tweaks rules

8:22 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
Tesla Motors, which had its first profitable quarter last year aided by sales of California environmental credits, is to receive fewer for each Model S sold as the state modifies its zero-emission vehicle program.... Read More »

 

Toyota’s North America chief seeks fuel cell sedan supply boost

11:48 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Toyota's North American boss Jim Lentz, preparing to sell Camry-sized hydrogen sedans next year, said he’s “bullish” about advances in the company’s fuel cell system and wants more supply of the Japan-built cars in the United States.... Read More »

 

Energy Dept. dangles low-interest financing for suppliers

3:15 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
The department of energy wants auto suppliers to know that it still has $16 billion in low-interest financing available to support efficient-vehicle programs, and it wants them to step forward for a share of those funds.... Read More »

 

BMW sees annual output of 100,000 units for its 'i' electric range

March 19, 2014 16:03 CET
BMW says it may build more than 100,000 units a year of its 'i' range of battery-powered cars by 2020 to help meet tougher CO2 emissions regulations.... Read More »

 

Car refrigerant rejected by Daimler is safe, EU scientists say

March 10, 2014 12:20 CET
EU scientists say a new car refrigerant at the center of a dispute between European regulators and Daimler does not pose any serious safety risks.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Tier 3 emissions standards: Costs must be shared

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
New EPA regulations unveiled last week will go a long way toward improving U.S. air quality. This is an important stage in the country's long climb toward cleaner air.... Read More »

 

Honeywell, DuPont said to face EU objections on car refrigerant

March 5, 2014 11:52 CET
Honeywell and DuPont are said to face a European Union complaint for violating antitrust rules over their car refrigerant chemical, the only product that currently meets new EU standards on greenhouse-gas emissions.... Read More »

 

Average U.S. fuel economy up slightly in Feb.

2:39 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
The average fuel economy of new U.S. light trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in February rose 0.1 mpg from the revised figure for January, to 25.2 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

 

Ferrari returns to turbo as supercar makers face up to emissions rules

March 3, 2014 14:44 CET
Ferrari has mounted a turbocharged engine on its latest supercar, the California T, for the first time in more than two decades, as even luxury automakers are forced to seek ways to cut emissions without sacrificing performance.... Read More »

 

EPA orders clampdown on tailpipe emissions

11:41 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
In the Obama administration's latest push to clean up the new-car fleet and deal with America's lingering air pollution problems, the EPA today finalized stricter tailpipe emissions standards that will get ramp up from 2017 to 2025.... Read More »

 

U.S. plans new caps on sulfur in gasoline to cut tailpipe emissions, smog

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to unveil new regulations on Monday to lower the sulfur content of gasoline in order to reduce automotive tailpipe emissions and smog levels, people familiar with the agency's deliberations told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

EU tightens CO2 cap for cars, fixing 2021 limit in deal with Germany

Feb. 25, 2014 13:11 CET
The EU has voted to impose a 95-gram cap on new-car CO2 emissions in 2020, but will delay full implementation of the cap until 2021 in a compromise deal with Germany.... Read More »

 

Concerns raised over Audi, BMW lending cars to EU ahead of tough CO2 targets

Feb. 24, 2014 16:21 CET
Some European politicians and transparency campaigners have raised concerns about German luxury carmakers Audi and BMW providing free cars to EU member states while negotiations were under way over strict new CO2 emissions targets.... Read More »

 

Obama sets March 2016 goal for truck fuel efficiency rules

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2014
President Barack Obama directed his administration to issue the next round of fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by March 2016.... Read More »

 

New car fuel economy in U.S. rose 0.1 mpg in January

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2014
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in January in the United States rose 0.1 mpg from December, to 24.9 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Automakers set to receive EPA anti-smog mandate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Rarely does the auto industry want the government to speed up new regulatory mandates.... Read More »

 

Return of the woodie car? Industry explores eco-friendly lumber body components

7:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Surfers rejoice. Woodie cars like the Ford in the 1960s hit “Surf City” may be making a comeback of sorts.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

Self-driving shuttle shows way to autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
A French auto robotics company is taking development of autonomous vehicles in a new direction that could lead to public acceptance of the fledgling technology.... Read More »

 

EU takes legal action against Germany in Daimler refrigerant dispute

Jan. 23, 2014 13:00 CET
The EU has started legal proceedings against Germany over Daimler's refusal to remove a banned refrigerant from new Mercedes cars.... Read More »

 

U.S. may expand vehicle loan program to suppliers

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
The federal program to develop more fuel-efficient vehicles may expand to make suppliers eligible for the more than $15 billion in remaining funds, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

A new way for self-driving vehicles to win the public's trust?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
A French auto robotics company is taking development of autonomous vehicles in a new direction that could lead to public acceptance of the fledgling technology.... Read More »

 

U.S. new-vehicle fuel economy rises to 24.8 mpg in 2013, study says

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
The average fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States last year was nearly 25 mpg, up 1 mpg from 2012 and the highest for a full year since at least 2008, according to a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

EPA chief gives automakers 'A' for fuel economy effort

4:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Car companies are fiercely competing for better fuel economy. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is convinced they're trying about as hard as they can.... Read More »

 

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