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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


EPA to go public with results of vehicle mpg audits

1:21 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2013
After cracking down on Hyundai, Kia and Ford, the EPA is preparing to shine a more public spotlight on automakers' fuel economy claims. This fall, the agency plans to release the results of industrywide audits that included tests on more than 20 car and light-truck models this year, said Christopher Grundler, head of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, in an interview last week.... Read More »


Renault diesel hybrid project wins EU approval

Oct. 2, 2013 13:29 CET
The EU approved French government support to help Renault develop diesel hybrid technology for its Master and Trafic commercial vans.... Read More »


Jaguar Land Rover seeks partner to co-develop hybrids

Oct. 1, 2013 14:04 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is talking with other automakers about a partnership on hybrid vehicles as the luxury car manufacturer battles to meet CO2 emissions targets in Europe.... Read More »


French carmakers back German bid to delay EU carbon limits

Sept. 27, 2013 14:27 CET
Renault and PSA support Germany's bid to delay a 95g/km limit on average CO2 emissions for new cars in the EU. The French automakers have reversed their previous position under pressure from their German counterparts, sources said.... Read More »



Launching a car? Keep an eye on Capitol Hill

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
If the government shuts down on Oct. 1, car companies probably won’t notice much of a change at first. But if key government offices shut down for weeks or months, the automakers could start to have problems.... Read More »


France will raise tax on high-emission cars, report says

Sept. 17, 2013 10:34 CET
France will raise the maximum tax levy on high-emission cars to 8,000 euros from 6,000 euros, while scaling back subsidies for low-emission vehicles, a newspaper reported.... Read More »


Emissions testing delay pushes back Mazda6 diesel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
Delays in emissions testing have prompted Mazda to postpone the U.S. launch of its diesel-powered Mazda6 by four months, a hiccup in the company's plan to become the only Japanese automaker with a diesel passenger car on sale in the United States.... Read More »


Merkel warns EU against tough CO2 targets for carmakers

Sept. 13, 2013 11:24 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, facing elections in less than two weeks, warned the EU against imposing tough environmental targets on German luxury carmakers.... Read More »


Volvo and Renault reach CO2 target 3 years early

Sept. 9, 2013 00:15 CET
Volvo and Renault have achieved their European CO2 targets three years ahead of schedule. PSA and Toyota reached their individual targets in 2011. T&E expect that Fiat and BMW will reach their targets this year, according to new data.... Read More »



Why a single global emissions standard is good for everyone

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2013
Clean air is clean air no matter what continent it blows over. Too bad government regulators around the world can't agree on a simple single CO2 and NOx standard for gasoline and diesel engines.... Read More »



VW bets big on CNG

Aug. 14, 2013 06:01 CET
VW Group is hoping its new TGI engine will match the success of its TDI powerplants. The automaker will use TGI on its new bi-fuel models that can run on both compressed natural gas and gasoline, starting with a variant of the VW Golf.... Read More »


Tesla profits could be challenged by Calif. credit-rule change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
A pending rule change by the California Air Resources Board could limit Tesla Motors' ability to earn money by selling zero-emissions credits -- a key factor in the company's first-quarter profit. The agency is evaluating whether to eliminate the "fast-refueling" rule that allows electric vehicles with quick-swap batteries to gain bonus credits under CARB's regulations.... Read More »


GM axes top engine exec after faked tests force recall in India

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2013
General Motors is scrambling to protect its reputation and revive stalled sales in India after announcing a large recall last week amid reports that its employees intentionally falsified emission tests on a key vehicle.... Read More »


Fuel economy of new 2013 models sold tops that of 2012 units, study says

12:09 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2013
The average fuel economy for new 2013 model light vehicles sold in the United States is 24.6 mpg, up 1.1 mpg from 2012 models, according to a monthly report from University of Michigan researchers.... Read More »


EU warns Germany over Mercedes car refrigerant

July 10, 2013 08:15 CET
The European Commission has warned Germany it faces possible action over Daimler's refusal to remove a banned refrigerant from new cars, after France moved to block most Mercedes sales within its borders.... Read More »



VW's Hackenberg seeks to build greener models, plus a 6,000-euro car

July 8, 2013 06:01 CET
VW Group development coordinator Ulrich Hackenberg is looking at ways of shaving weight, cutting CO2 emissions and lowering the costs of future models. He says that VW can challenge value brands by building a 6,000-euro car.... Read More »


ArcelorMittal expects quick uptake of its CO2-reducing car doors

July 4, 2013 06:01 CET
ArcelorMittal says it expects its lightweight steels to start reducing weight in car doors in production models as early as 2014. The supplier estimates that its new solution can deliver a 27 percent weight saving compared with traditional steel, without compromising safety.... Read More »


As Honda goes green, its emissions grow

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2013
Perhaps Honda Motor Co. set the bar too low. In its annual environmental report, Honda says it already has exceeded nearly all of its main emissions and recycling goals for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. It is ahead in cutting carbon dioxide emissions from corporate activities and logistics. It has beaten its goal of slashing waste per unit of revenue and of achieving zero landfill waste.... Read More »


Ford criticizes EU delay on 95g/km CO2 target

June 28, 2013 09:51 CET
Ford criticized the EU's decision to delay a vote on imposing stricter CO2 emissions for all new cars in the EU starting in 2020.... Read More »


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