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    Report: France says diesel cars a 'mistake,' announces phase-out plans
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    Anyone even vaguely familiar with the European auto market knows that diesel-fueled vehicles take up a huge portion of the roads there. A combination of high fuel efficiency, useful torque in tightly packed cities, low CO2 emissions and tax incentives all contribute to the popularity. However, ...

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    Report: How VW's hyper-efficient XL1 will influence the next Golf
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    In 2007, the European Union mandated fleet average CO2 emissions of 158.7 g/km. For 2015, that figure will drop to 130 g/km, and the target for 2020 is an ambitions 95 g/km. Thanks to some German politicking, that target will be phased in from 2020 to 2024, but it will still apply to 80 percent ...

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    ETC: Rolling Coal: America's political divide reaches the roads [w/videos]
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    Jason Mendelson was driving his Toyota Prius in the right lane of Interstate 64 near Richmond, Virginia, when a white pickup truck with two protruding smokestacks cut into the lane ahead. After a few moments, the pickup spewed a torrent of black smoke that enveloped his small car. The pickup ...

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    Report: Ferrari looks to cut 20% total C02 emissions over 7 years
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    In the late 1970s, performance cars suffered a huge blow when the necessity for better economy and lower emissions crippled their power. It took nearly a decade for the horsepower to return. Today, we're in the middle of another push for greater vehicle efficiency, but don't expect another era of ...

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    Study: Modern diesels pollute over 20% less than those from 10 years ago
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    Today, if you're a car company and you offer a diesel engine in this market, you have to go to great lengths to show consumers that it's less harmful to the environment than a gas-powered engine. That's why marketing types have come up with TDI Clean Diesel and EcoDiesel and BlueTec and so on, ...

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    Report: Supreme Court will hear case challenging EPA emissions rules
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    The Supreme Court will be offering up its thoughts on emissions, as the highest court in the land will hear a challenge to greenhouse gas regulations that were instituted by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2007. The New York Times refers to the case being heard by SCOTUS as "a sequel" to ...

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    Study: Engine exhaust may be contributing to bee colony collapses
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    Among all the various factors playing into the collapse of bee colonies around the world, one of them could be your car. A UK study into how diesel exhaust fumes may affect bees' ability to pollinate flowers found that nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen oxide (NO2) - NOx gases - change the chemical ...

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    Report: Jaguar envisions future without V8 engines
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    With tighter emissions and fuel economy regulations looming, Jaguar may have to do more than make a small, fuel-efficient hatchback to lower its model range's consumption figures – it also might give up its venerable V8 power, Drive reports. But not anytime soon, says Steven de Ploey, ...

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    Report: Jaguar may join the FWD, small-car parade
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    Was it right for Chevrolet to detune the 1975 Corvette's base engine to 165 horsepower? Was Aston Martin wrong to make the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet? Is BMW crazy to be testing the new 1 Series with three-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive? It seems now, just as in the 1970s and 1980s, that ...

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    Report: GM execs fired over fraudulent India emissions testing
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    General Motors hadn't had a recall in India since 1995. That changed when it was discovered that certain employees were playing tricks with local emissions testing in order to ensure passing grades for engines. More than ten GM Powertrain employees in India and the US have been let go over the ...

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    Official: Canada announces alignment of emissions standards with US
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    Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister, has announced his country will adopt the United States Tier 3 emissions standards for passenger vehicles. Kent (shown above) says doing so will reduce air pollution from new vehicles by around 80 percent compared to the old Tier 2 standards currently in ...

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    Official: VW invests $27M into new California R&D center
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    Volkswagen has spent another $27 million of the $4 billion it has earmarked to advance its plans for U.S. market growth. The money went toward a 64,000-square-foot development and emissions lab called the Test Center California in Oxnard, about 45 miles north of Los Angeles. There, 50 permanent ...

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    Report: Falcon future unsure as Ford expected to cease AU manufacturing in 2016
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    Ford hasn't said anything about it, but those who predict and those who do business with Ford in Australia expect The Blue Oval to cease production there as of 2016. The primary reason cited is the arrival of Euro 5 emissions standards on November 1, 2016, which are too stringent for the ...

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    Green: Some cars to be as clean as electric train travel by 2020
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    Ex-Ford engineer Richard Parry-Jones is now chairman-designate of the UK's Network Rail. Having looked into the futures of both car and train development, he believes that by the end of this decade the most Earth-friendly internal-combustion engine cars will be about as polluting, on a ...

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    Report: BMW plan to provide 4,000 cars to Olympic dignitaries in London triggers controversy
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    The problem when a bunch of bigwigs want to do something good for the environment is that they won't stop being bigwigs in order to do it. Getting a lot of VIPs together means a lot of private jets and limousines, and next thing you know, you've got a situation like the 2009 climate change ...

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    Report: California low-carbon fuel regulation ruled unconstitutional by judge
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    Federal judge Lawrence J. O'Neill of the U.S. District Court in Fresno has stopped implementation of a California law that favors fuel producers with lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of the production process. The New York Times reports the judge has ruled that the regulation is an ...

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    Video: Inside Line pits Ford F-150 SVT Raptor versus... a leaf blower?
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    You've probably heard the line about modern engines being cleaner than most lawn equipment, but chances are you can't put a source with that little tidbit. Inside Line recently took it upon itself to put that piece of common wisdom to the test by enlisting the help of an emissions lab in a little ...

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    Report: Land Rover Defender to soldier on until 2017
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    Autocar reports that the Land Rover Defender will be around a good bit longer than we thought. The vehicle may stay on dealer lots until at least 2017 thanks in part to a new 2.2-liter diesel engine that can meet more stringent EU6 emissions standards. Originally, a successor to the long-running ...

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    Report: Mercedes-Benz S-Class EV in the cards?
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    Increasingly stricter environmental dictates are making the rich man's camel pass though the eyes of smaller and smaller needles to get to regulatory heaven. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is going to have to shrink somewhere in order to make it into the future, and it seems the company plan for that ...

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    Video: Mythbusters answers which is greener, cars or motorcycles?
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    Using portable emissions equipment, a wide sampling of cars and bikes from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s and with the help of Dr. Kent Johnson of UC Riverside, the Mythbusters team claims they proved motorcycles are dirtier than cars. Doing so meant gathering data in real-world driving conditions ...

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