The Commision since 2008 has given EU countries more leeway to offer tax breaks, low-interest loans and grants for making and buying energy-efficient vehicles, but is concerned that member states are using these rights in conflicting ways....More
“Europe already has the most stringent limit values in the world today,” says Ivan Hodac, the ACEA’s secretary general. “It will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to meet some of the new (sound limits) proposed by...parliament.”...More
“To suggest that our European sales growth is owed to a trade pact is not only incorrect, it is insulting to our brand and our products,” a Hyundai spokesman says. “Our cars are selling on their own merits, not riding on the back of a trade pact.”...More
An advisor to the organization representing Europe’s electrical industry warns the absence of uniform charging standards “represents a major initial market barrier” for the rollout of EVs across the 27-country EU....More
Supporters of the anti-counterfeiting measure say it would protect auto makers’ intellectual-property rights, but critics contend the treaty violates legally protected freedom-of-speech principles....More
European auto makers say standardizing the connection between the electricity grid and EVs is key to helping the vehicles succeed in a market currently fragmented by the
many technologies now in use....More
The goal is to coordinate European auto makers, parts manufacturers, energy firms, institutions and governments in commercializing hydrogen fuel-cell technologies starting sometime between 2010 and 2020....More
Ford has end-of-life recycling networks for its vehicles in 16 European markets and participates in industry collective systems in 10 others. The auto maker claims its vehicles are now 85% recyclable by weight....More
EC officials will report by July whether land-use changes and associated emissions are sufficiently quantifiable to amend Europe’s renewable-fuels law. If the answer is “yes,” it could be bad news for some auto makers....More
The elimination of internal-combustion engines in cities is encouraging for companies betting heavily on electric cars. But the EU’s auto makers’ group says the specific changes in transportation are arbitrary measures....More
For the 23rd year in a row, top powertrain engineers from around the world gathered to celebrate the winners of the Wards 10 Best Engines competition. Trophies were awarded at a ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show.
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.