Environmental Issues


Beijing should favor health over tech edge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
China's deteriorating air quality ought to be a powerful reason for the government to make pollution control its top priority. Instead, the Chinese government still believes it's more important to help domestic automakers gain a technological edge on their foreign rivals.... Read More »


VW, GM, Toyota gain as China vehicle sales top 20 million

Jan. 9, 2014 13:10 CET
VW, GM and Toyota benefited as China became the first country in which more than 20 million vehicles were sold in a year. Deliveries of cars, buses and trucks rose to 22 million last year. Sales of passenger vehicles climbed to nearly 18 million.... Read More »


U.S. House votes to cut red tape on car, truck sales

5:20 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
The United States House of Representatives has taken a step toward enabling automobile dealers to bypass a law requiring them to provide emissions certification on cars and light trucks, a rule that auto dealers say adds burdensome red tape to the buying process.... Read More »


Ford adds solar cells to recharge electric C-Max concept

9:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 2, 2014
Ford is showcasing a plug-in hybrid electric C-Max that uses solar panels in the roof to recharge itself.... Read More »


BorgWarner buys German exhaust-gas technology specialist

11:25 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2013
Supplier BorgWarner said it has agreed to acquire Germany’s Gustav Wahler GmbH, a company that specializes in exhaust gas recirculation products.... Read More »


France's Air Liquide plans for long-term growth in hydrogen-powered cars

Dec. 10, 2013 10:04 CET
France's Air Liquide is expanding its business building filling stations for hydrogen-powered cars as it predicts growing demand for fuel-cell vehicles.... Read More »



Chinese cities limit car sales but growth is still possible

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2013
Dalian is the latest Chinese city to restrict new-car sales to reduce pollution and congestion but the upside is that tougher emissions rules may boost sales.... Read More »


U.S. to help China crack down on vehicle emissions

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2013
The United States will help China implement stricter emission standards for vehicles in a bid to help the world's biggest carbon emitter tackle rampant air pollution, the White House said today.... Read More »


GM to invest $24 million to convert landfill gas to electricity at 2 plants

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2013
General Motors said that it will invest $24 million in equipment that will allow two assembly plants to generate electricity from landfill gas.... Read More »


New gasoline engines emit 1,000 times more particles than predecessors, study says

Nov. 28, 2013 11:49 CET
New gasoline direct-injection engines emit about 1,000 times more particles, including carcinogens, than previous-generation gasoline units and 10 times more than diesels, Germany's TUEV Nord vehicle researchers said in a study.... Read More »


EU agrees on compromise for CO2 limits

Nov. 27, 2013 09:28 CET
The EU has agreed on a compromise to enforce stricter rules on CO2 emissions for cars sold in the region, ending months of wrangling after Germany insisted that an earlier deal be discarded. The new outline agreement delays 100 percent implementation of a limit of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer for all new cars until 2021 from a previous deadline of 2020.... Read More »


Average fuel economy on U.S. vehicles rose in October, report says

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2013
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in the United States during October rose 0.2 mpg from September, to 24.8 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »


Berlin prosecutors target Daimler in Merkel aide probe

Nov. 9, 2013 10:36 CET
Daimler executives are under investigation for suspicion of granting undue advantage to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's former aide, Eckart von Klaeden, who joined the carmaker as a lobbyist.... Read More »


Berlin prosecutors investigate Daimler lobbyist

Nov. 3, 2013 19:43 CET
Berlin prosecutors are investigating ex-German state minister Eckart von Klaeden over a potential conflict of interest after he joined Daimler as a lobbyist.... Read More »


Automakers on track to meet EU's 2015 carbon emissions target

Oct. 30, 2013 13:47 CET
EU car emissions fell 3 percent in 2012, putting automakers on track to meet a CO2 target of 130 grams per kilometer in 2015, according to data from the European Environment Agency (EEA).... Read More »


GM found responsible in India emissions test case, source says

6:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2013
An Indian government-appointed panel investigating General Motors' recall of 114,000 Tavera vehicles says the company flouted testing regulations, a senior government official who has seen the report said.... Read More »


Tesla tops California green-car credit sales in past year

11:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2013
Tesla Motors was the top seller of California zero-emission vehicle credits in the past year as Toyota led hybrid-car credit trades, according to a state tally.... Read More »


GM to offer dual-fuel Impala in wager on natural gas

1:50 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2013
GM said it will sell a version of the Chevrolet Impala sedan with the ability to switch between gasoline and natural gas, part of the automaker's plan for taking advantage of a drilling boom that has made natural gas a more viable fuel for cars in the United States.... Read More »


BMW family donation to Merkel's party starts lobbying row

Oct. 15, 2013 16:34 CET
German opposition parties accused Angela Merkel of pandering to the car lobby, after her political party received major donations from the family that controls BMW, just as Berlin was lobbying against tougher EU caps on carbon emissions.... Read More »


Germany wins backing of EU to block car emissions law

3:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2013
European Union environment ministers agreed to German demands to scrap an agreement to cap average EU new-car emissions at 95 grams per kilometer in 2020 from about 130/g/km now after Berlin argued the target would cost jobs and damage its premium automakers.... Read More »


Germany wins backing of EU ministers to block car emissions law

Oct. 15, 2013 09:04 CET
European Union environment ministers agreed to German demands to scrap an agreement to cap average EU new-car emissions at 95 grams per kilometer in 2020 from about 130/g/km now after Berlin argued the target would damage its premium automakers.... Read More »



Hydrogen fuel cell cars show promise; infrastructure the stumbling block

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2013
The old joke about electric vehicles is, "How long is your extension cord?" But nearly every home or business has a 110-volt outlet that can charge your EV if it runs out of juice. That's not the case with the 2015 arrival of hydrogen fuel cell cars.... Read More »


Germany set to win fight to weaken CO2 limit, report says

Oct. 14, 2013 13:17 CET
Germany is close to winning its fight to weaken a proposed tougher limit on new-car CO2 emissions in the EU, a report said.... Read More »


Over a barrel for 40 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2013
On Oct. 17, 1973, the first oil embargo plunged the auto industry into a new world. The Oct. 15 issue of Automotive News will look at the impact of that historic event.... Read More »


EU delays decision on 95g/km CO2 limit after lobbying from Germany

Oct. 5, 2013 09:39 CET
EU governments delayed for a third time a target to cut average CO2 emissions from Europe's new-car fleet to 95g/km after lobbying from Germany on behalf of its automakers.... Read More »


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