Environmental Issues

Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/km

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as part of the car's mid-cycle refresh....
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VW, Fiat, Mercedes will benefit from CNG market growth

Dec. 10, 2014 06:01 CET
European sales of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas could grow tenfold by 2020, benefiting Fiat, VW and Mercedes. CNG sales are forecast to grow as automakers add more low-CO2 emission vehicles to their lineups....
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BRUCE GAIN

France is hurting its domestic automakers with diesel policy shift

5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
For environmental and public health reasons France is ending a government policy that has long promoted the purchase of diesel cars, but the move will hurt domestic automakers Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Why lower oil prices might not be good for automakers

7:02 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Oil prices have fallen precipitously, from over $100 per barrel last summer to under $70 for some types of crude. Despite the rich retail sales mix that follows lower gas prices, this may not be entirely good for the auto industry....
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BMW plans 3 series, X5 plug-in hybrid variants

Dec. 1, 2014 15:43 CET
BMW is joining rival premium carmakers in offering plug-in hybrid versions of its main models, including the 3-series sedan and X5 SUV, as automakers react to tighter emissions regulations....
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Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche commit to plug-ins

Dec. 1, 2014 06:15 CET
Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche are among carmakers embracing plug-in hybrids as “the best of both worlds” as they eliminate the range anxiety that has hindered the purchase of full-electric cars and help carmakers cut CO2 emissions....
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NEAL BOUDETTE

Luxury cars go the way of free-trade coffee

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But now they may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience....
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EU will hint at future new-car CO2 targets

Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
The European Commission next month will outline progress on future emission targets for new cars sold in the EU, giving automakers a clearer look at the billions of euros in investment that will be needed to meet tougher goals....
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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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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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