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    15 fuel-sipping three-cylinder city cars available in Europe

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    Opel/Vauxhall launch ecoFLEX version of the new Astra

    Like many other Opel/Vauxhall models across the range, the new Astra is getting a low-CO2 version to compete in the green market. Named ecoFLEX, the new Astra uses an updated version of the 1.3-liter CDTi engine that was co-developed with Fiat and produces 95 horsepower. This engine, along with the ...

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    Volvo Trucks start field tests of methane-diesel engines

    Volvo trucks has announced new field tests of bi-fuel methane-diesel engines in partnership with seven different Swedish companies, adding a new technology to the brand's at-fuel tests with DME and hybrid engines. The new engines, which are based on the Euro-V compliant 7-liter model, reduce fuel ...

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    Nissan installs 1.5-liter dCi engine to European Cube

    Want an oil-burning little box? Europeans can. They are able to get the boxy Nissan Cube with a Renault-sourced 110 hp 1.5 liter diesel engine, thanks to the underpinnings that are related to the Nissan Micra and the Renault Clio. The engine is only Euro-IV compliant, but regulations in Germany are ...

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    Peugeot updates 1.6-liter HDI engine to meet Euro-V regulations

    The new year means it's time for Peugeot to update its 1.6-liter HDI diesel engine and adapt it for the Euro V specifications. The new engine gets two additional horsepower added to the current 110 hp and its torque is increased by 12.5 percent. The existing overboost function increases available ...

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    Enter the Rumormill: Porsche preparing 911 hybrid for 24 hours of Nürburgring?

    Some people believe that the battle for low fuel consumption in passenger cars is a competition between diesel and hybrid gasoline cars. These two contenders are also fighting it out in resistance races, where the way to beat diesels such as the Peugeot 908 HDi and the Audi R15 TDI seems to be: go ...

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    China extends vehicle scrappage scheme, increases maximum bonus

    China has announced the extension of the country's vehicle scrappage scheme for 2010. Motorists will be able to trade in cars that are considered "highly pollutant" and receive a state subsidy worth between 5,000 yuan (about $730) and 18,000 yuan ($2,600), which is a significant increase over last ...

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    France changes vehicle scrappage plan rules, gives Tesla buyers an effective 20 discount

    France had one of Europe's most ambitious "cash for clunkers" plan, but the fun will end in the new year. Starting January 1st, France's program will only pay out the largest award – €1,000 – to buyers of just one model: the smart fortwo cdi. The reason can be found at the tailpipe.

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    Ford collaborates with Cologne on electric delivery van deployments

    Ford of Europe has its headquarters in the German city of Cologne (Köln), so an electric vehicle partnership between the city and the automaker doesn't come as a surprise. Ford of Germany, the city of Cologne, RheinEnergie AG, and the University of Duisburg-Essen have signed an agreement to ...

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    French postal service finally chooses the Venturi-powered Citroën Berlingo

    After the call for offers by La Poste, the French Postal Service, a 250-unit contract for electric delivery vans has been awarded to the Citroën Berlingo First. The model, which is based on the standard Citroën Berlingo, features batteries and a powertrain developed by Venturi. The specs? ...

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    Fiat confirms 2-cylinder SGE powertrain for 2010

    Fiat 500 Multiair concept - Click image for gallery

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    Renault and AutoVAZ considering joint venture to build electric cars

    Renault Fluence ZE Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

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    A little piece of history: Toyota's first hybrid [w/VIDEO]

    Toyota Sports 800 GT Hybrid - Click above to watch the video after the break

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    BMW rumored to quit hydrogen but just dropping Hydrogen 7

    BMW Hydrogen 7 - click above for high-res image gallery

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    Ricardo and Qinetiq announce reduced-cost lithium-ion battery

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    Ireland announces vehicle scrappage plan, EV tax break and carbon tax

    Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has announced a cash-for-clunkers program for the Republic that will start next year. The plan, announced during the presentation of the 2010 budget, is set to help Irish motorists get rid of cars more than 10 years old with a €1,500 reduction in the ...

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    Nissan will bring Leaf electric car to Salon EVER in Monaco

    2010 Nissan Leaf - Click above for high-res image gallery

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    City of Paris and Europcar fight for Autolib' trade name

    The story of the Paris' easy EV rental project, dubbed Autolib', is not a bed of roses. First of all, there were continuous delays announcing the specifics of the service. Finally, we found out it would consist of 3,000 cars that will be available 24/7 at a cost of €5 per half an hour. Now, ...

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    Nissan announces 2010 facelift for the Qashqai, includes low-CO2 version

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    Tesla Brabus Green Package includes free electricity, at home and away

    Brabus has launched a special edition of the Tesla Brabus Green Package which includes one free year of electricity. Mind you, the modifications to the Tesla in the Green Package are not related to the powertrain, but there is of course something that can be added besides cosmetic improvements. ...

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