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Valeo raises profit forecast, shrugs off China slowdown

July 27, 2015 10:54 CET

Valeo raised its profit outlook today, playing down the impact of a Chinese market slowdown after a record first-half order intake boosted by demand for driving-assistance and fuel-saving technologies....
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Hot wheels: Blue-green, deep red, sparking gold on horizon

3:30 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Cars and trucks of the future will sport deep reds, sparkling golds, bright silvers, rich blues and deep blue-greens, trend spotters at supplier BASF's automotive coatings divisions predict....
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Self-driving cars get 32-acre city at University of Michigan to hone skills

6:39 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

A simulated city opened Monday on the north campus of the University of Michigan to test how self-driving cars will travel in the future without mowing down pedestrians or causing colossal crashes....
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PSA exec foresees single regulation for diesel and gasoline emissions

July 17, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's chief engineer for downsized gasoline engines foresees a day when there is a single regulation for diesel and gasoline emissions. Denis Fourchon also told Automotive News Europe that diesels will struggle to remain Europe's top powertrain as gasoline engines become more fuel efficient....
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Plastic Omnium boss foresees further gains from toughening emissions rules

July 14, 2015 06:01 CET

Plastic Omnium CEO Laurent Burelle wants to boost revenue 32 percent to 7 billion euros by 2018 at the French supplier of bumpers and fuel tanks. Much of the increase is expected to come from components that will help automakers meet tougher global emissions rules, Burelle told Automotive News Europe....
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ArcelorMittal to use microbes to make fuel from waste gases

6:42 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, plans to use waste gases from its steel operations to produce low-carbon fuel for vehicles....
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DAVID JOLLEY

BLOG: Germany's EV drive gets a supermarket's help

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Aldi, a popular German-based discount supermarket chain, has introduced something that could help its home market get closer to an ambitious target of having 1 million EVs on the road by 2020: free charging....
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France to unify EV-charging networks

July 6, 2015 14:15 CET

The French government plans to make it easier for drivers of electric cars to charge their vehicles by unifying certain features of the country's various EV-charging networks by decree before the end of this year, a French newspaper reported....
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Financial aid for hydrogen infrastructure

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Japan's three biggest automakers plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells....
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Toyota Mirai rated at U.S. range of 312 miles

4:00 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Toyota says its high-stakes hydrogen car will have a U.S. rating of 312 miles between refueling stops, farther than the Tesla Model S....
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European automakers call for CO2 emissions delay

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

The automakers' lobby group, ACEA, has asked the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to postpone a 2025 CO2 emissions target that is currently being worked on by officials, saying the industry needs until 2030 – or about two full model cycles – to meet a new target....
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Automakers slam French decision on clean diesels

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

Sales of diesel cars in France may fall after the government excluded diesel engines from the cleanest classification of vehicle pollution. Euro 6 standard diesels will not be included in the Category 1 scheme that classifies vehicles according to how much they pollute. French cities may use the ranking system to decide whether they want to ban diesels....
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EU urged to set 'challenging' 2025 car emissions goal

June 19, 2015 09:19 CET

Four EU nations and European politicians from across the political divide called on the European Commission to publish next year a challenging 2025 emissions standard for new cars....
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Tougher environmental rules proposed for heavy-duty pickups, vans

3:43 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption by heavy-duty pickups and vans would be reduced by 16 percent from the 2021 to 2027 model years under rules proposed today by federal regulators....
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Germany may increase support for electric cars

June 16, 2015 10:56 CET

The German government is examining increased support to help bring 1 million electric cars onto the country's roads by the end of the decade. Unlike other European countries, Germany has so far refused to provide generous EV sales incentives....
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Honda will drop CNG vehicles to focus on hybrids, EVs

1:39 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Honda is reworking its alternative powertrain strategy to focus on hybrids and EVs, and will phase out efforts to commercialize cars powered by compressed natural gas. A new plug-in vehicle, a new battery-electric car and a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle are all on tap, and Honda is expecting them to combine to generate significant sales volumes....
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London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers....
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European carmakers urge change of tack on CO2 rules

June 12, 2015 20:39 CET

European carmakers warned that further tightening of carbon emission rules for new vehicles risked damaging their global competitiveness, as EU officials begin work on a new wave of CO2 targets....
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Valeo exec expects big boost from autonomous vehicles

June 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Autonomous vehicle technology will become Valeo's main growth driver by 2020, says Guillaume Devauchelle, the supplier's head of innovation. The move will change “every single product line” at the supplier, Devauchelle told Automotive News Europe....
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Automakers, regulators and green campaigners set for CO2 battle

June 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Automakers will meet with EU officials and green campaigners this month to open discussions on a 2030 target for the reduction of CO2 emissions from new cars sold in Europe. The meeting will likely will be tense as car companies say they are reaching the limit of what is doable....
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Ford GT maker will build new London black cab

June 5, 2015 06:01 CET

Canada's Multimatic, which specializes in building niche cars such as the Ford GT and Aston Martin One-77, will start production in the UK next year of the Metrocab plug-in hybrid taxi to meet growing demand for low-emission cabs....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

How will automakers respond to megatrends?

2:01 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

Potential disruptions may make the most headlines, but the majority of future megatrends emphasize the auto industry's continuity. Here are four points demonstrating that automakers may not be nimble, but their ability to co-opt and adapt to new challenges should not be underestimated....
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BMW, Nissan will build charging network in S. Africa to boost EV sales

May 25, 2015 13:44 CET

The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid of charging stations for electric and plug-in hybrid cars to help expand sales of greener vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market....
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Kansas City bids to become EV mecca

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

A Kansas City utility is installing a large electric vehicle charging network, assisted by Nissan, in an attempt to decrease range anxiety and spur EV sales....
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European automakers criticize new tests to weed out 'dirty diesels'

May 24, 2015 06:01 CET

European automakers voiced concern over an upcoming regulation that will require diesel car emissions to be tested under "real world" conditions....
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