Mercedes will offer three pure electrics (in Europe) by year's end, will have 10 plug-in models and a new GLC-based fuel-cell vehicle by the end of 2017.
A few months ago we announced that France was going back to having road tax disks on windshields, similar to system used in the UK. However, the process has been simplified quite a bit from the French Minister of Economy's original idea. Plans to complicate the fee by basing it on Euro pollution levels is gone. Instead, France will tax cars that produce over 250 g/km of CO2 an additional €160 per year duty. That's simple enough, isn't it?
Ann Job provides a more extensive review of the 2007 Saturn Vue Green Line than the one previously posted by Automobile. She speculates, for example, that the "Eco" light, which brightens when the Vue exceeds government fuel standards, is vacuum-operated instead of using a computer to determine mileage. She finds the setup a bit odd since hybrid buyers want to know how much they save fuel-wise.
Boom shalaka-laka, the 28th Autoblog Podcast is here. On today's episode, the intrepid Christopher Paukert and myself go over Audi's ostentatious debut of its new TT coupe, observe a moment of silence for the industry's loss of MPH Magazine and finally, we get all green up in this thing talking about my experience with a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDi that runs on grease from a dumpster. Good times... hope you enjoy.
General Motors has touted its plans to have a fuel-cell vehicle available for public consumption by 2010 for years. But according to Larry Burns, head of research and planning at GM, the automaker needs to push such a vehicle to full development in as early as eighteen months (2008). This, despite the company’s current precarious financial situation.
Jan-Ake Jonsson, Managing Director of Saab, recently told Automotive News that hybrid drivetrains would find their way under the bonnet of both Saab and Opel vehicles by the end of the decade. The technology is currently being developed in Sweden and will likely being worked on in conjunction with the Saab 9-5 replacement due in 2007, as well as the 9-3’s successor set to break cover a year later.
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