The fuel tanks, supplied soley to Ford for now, are made of high-density polyethylene, with an interior layer of ethylene vinyl alcohol, a special plastic resin that prevents minute fuel vapors from seeping through the plastic.
Most EU carmakers are happy with the new rules. But analysts say Germany's premium car makers Daimler and BMW, which produce heavier and less fuel-efficient vehicles than those from firms such as Italy's Fiat, would find it challenging to meet the emissions target....More
A government official says the significant hike in state aid is related to the continuing decline of the Russian market, adding there are no plans to provide direct financial support to automakers because of World Trade Organization restrictions....More
The eco-cars must meet the Euro 5 environmental standard of releasing less than 100 g/km of carbon dioxide per 20 miles, compared with 120 g/km for existing models, and achieve fuel efficiency of 54.7 mpg....More
Concerned about losing jobs to lower-cost countries, France has countered with the PFA industry coalition and two main efforts to advance automotive technology: autonomous vehicles and the affordable, high-fuel-efficiency small car....More
The trade group is campaigning for plug-in hybrid users to be offered longer-term incentives such as a 10-year road-tax exemption, free parking and financial support for installing charging points at workplaces....More
The CAFE standard quickly is becoming a carbon-dioxide emissions rule. The fastest way to cut CO2 emissions is to reduce the amount of carbon in fuel, through ethanol blends. Auto makers need to craft a strategy that puts the onus on the oil industry to carry the load....More
While direct injection frequently is referred to as the wave of the future, the Pentastar’s chief engineer says new particulate emissions standards will have auto makers shifting back to port injection....More
The only thing wrong with diesels is the technology was invented in 1893. If it had been developed by Elon Musk last year, Congress would be mandating auto makers to offer diesel engines in passenger cars....More
The restrictions are part of an effort to raise air-quality standards being led by new Premier Li Keqiang, who faces the difficult task of balancing China’s need for consumption-led growth with its increasing desire for a cleaner environment....More
FTA negotiations between the two sides are not meant to change legislation dramatically on any shore of the Atlantic, but to find common sense and recognize each other’s standards, a knowledgeable EU source says....More
An industry group says the U.K. new-car market is one of the few in the euro zone growing, as consumers return to showrooms enticed by new finance deals and a desire to switch to more fuel-efficient models....More
The postponement comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel interceded, arguing Germany is delaying the deal in order to protect jobs in its automotive sector, which includes luxury brands Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche and Audi....More
Critically, the agreement provides for the continued use of super-credits within the emissions measurement formula for green vehicles such as EVs and hybrids. These can bring down the average CO2 emissions level assessed for auto makers....More
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