More than 10% of ’15 model-year vehicles already meet CAFE standards for 2020 or later, including many pickups and other utility vehicles. Automakers outline how a diversity of powertrain solutions has helped it all come about....More
A Frost & Sullivan report says emerging middle classes in countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan will create a demand for more, and updated, cars....More
The government had increased its Renault stake from 15% to 20% ahead of Renault's April 30 shareholder meeting in order to block the company's plans to opt-out of a law that doubles voting rights for longer-terms shareholders, including the French state....More
The Ukraine government grumbles the WTO panel had found fault with alleged failings by Kiev over how it had justified levying the duties, which are supposed to give local industries time to react to an import boom and become competitive....More
Ann Arbor’s Mcity test track includes four traffic lights, an underpass, metal bridge deck, gravel roadways and parking spaces that are angled, perpendicular and parallel. Efforts are under way to open a similar but larger facility nearby in Ypsilanti....More
Located on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mcity is a $10 million 32-acre (13-ha) test track with roundabouts, bike lanes, a tree canopy and 4-way intersections to simulate small-town traffic situations.
The agency is looking at a list of rules that could affect the rollout of features such as Tesla Motors' "autopilot" hands-free driving system or General Motors' proposed "super cruise" system, NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind told reporters....More
For decades, Germany was Iran's biggest trading partner in Europe. Last year, German exports to Iran rose to €2.4 billion euros in anticipation that the sanctions might be eased, but German industry associations have said they could quadruple to €10 billion within a few years....More
An industry spokesman says new technologies such as plug-in hybrids will not benefit from the tax plan’s long-term incentives, threatening the ability of the U.K. and its automotive sector to meet ever-stricter CO2 targets....More
The Open Europe think tank says U.K. car exports could face EU import tariffs of up to 10% following a potential Brexit, impacting EU-oriented volume manufacturers such as Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall. Premium automakers would be less affected....More
The proposal is a response to concerns expressed by many foreign automakers that the ongoing decline of the Russian automotive market may leave them unable to meet their obligations to reach 75% levels of localization by 2018....More
BMW and Ford each have two stout turbo-6s in the hunt this year, while Infiniti has one. All five are smooth, extremely refined, reasonably fuel-efficient and dishing up loads of horsepower and torque....More
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.
The Australian Securities & Investment Commission says the German automaker will compensate at least 15,000 consumers who may have suffered financial distress because of loans granted by BMW Australia Finance....More