Pollution

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Automakers survive EU politicians' backlash on emissions for now

Feb. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Intense lobbying by Europe's car manufacturers helped to save a compromise that will let automakers exceed EU pollution targets for now, but the narrowness of their victory shows that politicians are running out of patience....
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Automakers win fight for diluted EU car-pollution test

Feb. 3, 2016 14:13 CET

Automakers won their fight for a diluted EU plan for testing NOx emissions of cars under real-driving conditions. The plan today cleared the final hurdle in the European Parliament, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's test-cheating scandal....
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Automakers' political power may sway EU pollution-test vote

Feb. 2, 2016 12:02 CET

A European plan to test cars' pollution levels under real driving conditions may survive a veto threat this week, signaling that the VW cheating scandal has done little to reduce the auto industry's political influence....
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Fiat Chrysler will offer new settings for diesel engines to make them cleaner

Feb. 2, 2016 10:56 CET

Fiat Chrysler will offer new calibrations to make its most recent generation of diesel vehicles cleaner on the road after completing an internal review of its cars following the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal....
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VW wins approval to start European recall of rigged diesels

Jan. 28, 2016 11:12 CET

VW Group won approval for the first stage of its recall of 8.5 million VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat vehicles in Europe with rigged diesel engines - while at the same time disputing that the recall means the models have "defeat" devices as defined by EU law....
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EU seeks more powers over car regulations after VW scandal

Jan. 27, 2016 14:44 CET

The EU is seeking sweeping powers over national car regulations, aiming to prevent a repeat of VW's emissions rigging. Under proposed new rules, Brussels would be able to order spot checks on vehicles, order recalls and impose penalties for failure to comply with environmental laws....
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EU Parliament delays vote on car pollution limits

Jan. 14, 2016 14:46 CET

The European Parliament has delayed a vote, due next week, on whether new car pollution testing rules are too lax....
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THE VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

VW investigated by EU over loans amid diesel scandal

Dec. 16, 2015 14:43 CET

The European Union's anti-fraud office is investigating loans Volkswagen Group received from the European Investment Bank to produce cleaner engines....
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EU plans report on car CO2 by end of week, source says

Nov. 24, 2015 09:54 CET

The EU plans to present a report by the end of this week on CO2 emissions from cars, according to an official with knowledge of the issue. The document will include data on pollution by automakers with the exception of Volkswagen Group....
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EU leaders aim to block emissions-test deal deemed lax

Nov. 24, 2015 19:59 CET

Members of the European Parliament are expected to vote against car pollution testing rules they say are too soft on automakers -- especially in the aftermath of VW Group's admission that it used cheat software to trick emissions tests -- politicians and EU sources said....
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Geely plans hybrid, electric versions for 90% of models by 2020

8:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Geely said it will equip more than 90 percent of its models with alternative-energy powertrains in the next five years, the most ambitious plan by a Chinese carmaker so far to improve fuel efficiency ahead of a government-mandated deadline....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

EU seeks clarity on VW emissions after U.S. 'cheat' probe widens

Nov. 3, 2015 12:20 CET

The European Commission said it wanted clarity on the full extent of diesel emissions cheating by VW Group after U.S. regulators widened their probe to include larger engines used in some Audi and Porsche models....
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BMW unsure if it's a target in U.S. emissions probe

Nov. 3, 2015 15:12 CET

BMW has not been given any indication by U.S. environmental regulators whether it could become a target of a wider probe of diesel emissions, nor has the automaker received the all-clear....
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BMW says it has not talked to EPA about emissions

7:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

BMW said it has not talked to the U.S. agency that caught Volkswagen cheating emissions tests and has not been asked to do so....
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Tougher EU emissions tests likely to hit sales of smaller diesels

Oct. 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Tougher pollution controls for diesel cars in Europe will hit sales of smaller models, analysts say....
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European Commission softens plan for real-world pollution tests

Oct. 29, 2015 09:18 CET

The EU's industrial policy chief scaled back proposed tougher tests on car pollution at the insistence of governments concerned about potential cost increases for automakers....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

Spanish court begins proceedings against Volkswagen over rigged engines

Oct. 28, 2015 17:08 CET

Spain's high court has opened initial proceedings against Volkswagen Group following the scandal surrounding its rigging of diesel emissions tests....
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EU parliament takes tough stance on emissions tests

Oct. 27, 2015 16:42 CET

The European Parliament says real-world emissions of nitrogen oxides by new cars should heed a EU limit by the end of 2017, a tougher stance than many EU governments and the European Commission, the bloc's regulatory arm, have taken....
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EU nations are pushed for feedback on tougher car-emissions tests

Oct. 14, 2015 09:44 CET

The European Commission wants EU governments to give feedback by Friday on tougher car-pollution tests and to vote on Oct. 28 on any new inspection regime....
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France moves to end diesel tax breaks amid emissions scandal

Oct. 8, 2015 11:28 CET

France plans to end tax breaks for diesel, ending the special status long enjoyed by the fuel in the wake of Volkswagen Group's emissions scandal....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

EU industry chief seeks faster action on emissions tests despite German objections

Oct. 7, 2015 10:43 CET

The EU's industrial policy chief urged an acceleration of work on tougher EU emissions tests for new vehicles despite objections from Germany. A proposed timetable to introduce real-driving emission tests is too strict for the car industry, Germany argues....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW sued by West Virginia over clean diesel claims

6:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

West Virginia is suing Volkswagen AG for deceiving car buyers after the EPA said last month that the company had installed software to hide that its diesel engines exceeded pollution standards....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

Continental defends software caught up in VW emissions crisis

Oct. 5, 2015 11:53 CET

Continental said software it supplied to VW Group cannot be used to manipulate emissions test results. Conti provided engine control system parts for 1.6-liter versions of the EA 189 engines caught up VW's emissions cheating scandal....
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Tennessee reviews provisions to recoup investment from VW

6:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Tennessee lawmakers will review the state’s investment of hundreds of millions in incentives for Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant and provisions for recouping money if the company’s emissions-cheating scandal threatens jobs....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

German prosecutors backtrack on Winterkorn's role in VW probe

Oct. 1, 2015 10:44 CET

German prosecutors have been forced to backtrack in their probe of former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn. They now say there must be "concrete facts" before an investigation begins into the executive amid accusations of fraud at the automaker connected to cheating on U.S. emissions tests....
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