In the latest talks, regulators discussed mutual recognition of EU and U.S. automotive standards, notably on braking systems, and harmonization of rules, such as for seatbelt anchorages. Tariff-reduction proposals are being exchanged as well....More
The ACEA industry group warns the timetable for imposing new limits on nitrogen-oxide emissions may not give them enough time to re-engineer certain diesel models, forcing off the road an engine type that emits less carbon dioxide than its gasoline counterpart....More
* VW says it understated carbon dioxide emissions
* Letter asks EU members to investigate
* Investors urge EU to toughen emissions testing
(Adds detail of meeting with national authorities)
By Barbara Lewis
BRUSSELS, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The European Commission has
written to all 28 European Union member countries urging them to
widen their investigations into potential breaches of vehicle
emissions rules after Volkswagen admitted it had
understated carbon dioxide levels....More
Mercedes will begin using liquid carbon dioxide refrigerant in E- and S-Class models next year, and in 2017 will introduce another minimally polluting refrigerant it opposed using for years because of concerns about its flammability....More
Responding to the Volkswagen scandal, the European Union's executive branch wants member countries to investigate how many cars are equipped with so-called defeat devices that skew emissions-test results in the automaker's favor....More
Local authorities who opt in to the Dutch Green Deal scheme must finance the EV-charging infrastructure and are required to draw in private investment to get top-up funding from the central government....More
Automakers object to diesels’ exclusion from the highest ranking of vehicles by tailpipe emissions levels which, alongside a separate electric-vehicle class, provides parking and driving concessions, plus access to low-pollution zones in large cities....More
The anticipated arrival of self-driving cars has automakers rethinking interiors and how they will look and feel in the future, as seen in several concepts exhibited at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
For the first time in 23 years of testing, a V-8 fails to earn a spot on the Wards 10 Best Engines list, but many high-output turbocharged 6-cyl. engines are generating enough horsepower and torque to fill the void....More
WardsAuto editors evaluated the 40 vehicles in October and November, driving to and from home, work, school, the hardware store and on weekend roadtrips. There is no instrumented testing. Vehicles must have a base price no higher than $62,000 to be eligible.
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.