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7Lexus parts prices cut in China amidst antitrust fears

It's been a topsy-turvy summer for foreign businesses in China ever since that country's National Development and Reform Commission and State Administration for Industry & Commerce launched a horde of investigations into anti-monopoly practices. When the law outlining monopolistic behavior was passed in 2008 foreign companies appreciated it, expecting it to illuminate some of the more opaque corners of Chinese government enforcement. That hasn't exactly been the case, and now as more than 1,

102012 model year was the greenest new U.S. auto fleet ever

To paraphrase the infamous Gordon Gekko from the movie Wall Street: "Green, for lack of a better word, is good."

43Toyota leading fight against Mexican plan to align fuel economy standards with US

Fuel-efficient cars might be nearly synonymous with Toyota here in the US, but in Mexico, the Japanese automaker is reportedly leading a fight in a dustup over more stringent automobile fuel efficiency regulations. Mexico's government is reportedly trying to make its own mile-per-gallon rules the same as those in the US as part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout its economy, but Toyota isn't taking too kindly to the proposed legislation.

AddU.S. drivers to save $68 billion in 2030 with new CAFE standards

What an extra few hundred bucks a year or so in everyone's pocket will buy almost two decades from now is anyone's guess, but for us, that's beside the point.

79Consumer Federation of America calls for 60 mpg CAFE standard by 2025

Now that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency have established fleet fuel economy standards of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016, the government agencies are hard at work on the next phase of increases that will stretch out to 2020 and beyond. The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act mandated 40 mpg by 2020 as a minimum, but the standards could actually be set higher. That's exactly what the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and Natural Resou

AddConsumer Federation of America calls for 60 mpg CAFE standard by 2025

Now that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency have established fleet fuel economy standards of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016, the government agencies are hard at work on the next phase of increases that will stretch out to 2020 and beyond. The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act mandated 40 mpg by 2020 as a minimum, but the standards could actually be set higher. That's exactly what the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and Natural Resou

16Study: Access to good public transportation can make foreclosures less likely

Would you believe that there's a connection between owning a car and having to foreclose on your home? A study by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that yes, indeed, there is. At least, a relationship was found in the three areas that the study looked at: San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL and Jacksonville, FL. While the correlation wasn't giant, it does seem that there's something to the idea of "location-efficient neighborhood design" being good for housing stability (read the PDF).

AddDC 2010: NRDC gives us some numbers to crunch about why tough standards are a good thing

Among the gleaming vehicles on the Washington Auto Show floor, there are some policy and discussion sessions happening as well as part of the EDTA Conference. We thought a quick run through a presentation by Roland Hwang, the transportation program director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), would be a good thing for our more detailed-oriented readers to delve into. Technically delivered as part of the EDTA/SAE Joint Opening Session, Hwang's presentation gets into the numbers (as

AddChinese government sets ambitious battery production goals

2009 BYD F3DM - Click above for high-res image gallery

21REPORT: China to block HUMMER sale to Tengzhong

2008 Hummer H2 - Click above for high-res gallery

AddEnvironmental and science groups gang up on Toyota over CAFE

It looks like Toyota's time as the automotive darling of the green movement may be at an end as they now become the new whipping boy over CAFE. A group of nine organizations have launched a new web site at TruthAboutToyota.com slamming the Japanese automaker for fighting the fuel economy proposal that was passed by the US Senate last spring. The group consists of organizations like the Union of Concerned Scientists, the NRDC, the US Public Interest Research Group and more. They are also running

78Toyota and GM fire back at NY Times Tom Friedman

The other day New York Times columnist Tom Friedman put himself squarely in the cross-hairs of Toyota and the rest of the auto industry. Friedman took aim at Toyota for riding the "green wave" with the Prius while at the same time producing ever larger trucks like the Tundra and the new Land Cruiser. He also slammed them for supporting the Hill-Terry fuel economy bill in Congress rather than the more stringent Senate bill that was passed a few months ago. The Michigan congressional delegation go

AddNRDC slams Toyota for Greenwashing and supporting Hill-Terry

For most of this decade, Toyota has been the darling of the environmentalists (if such a thing is possible for a car company) due primarily to the Prius and the addition of the company's hybrid system to their other models. That honeymoon seems to be rapidly coming to an end. Increasingly in recent months, people have been critical of Toyota's bigger, more powerful hybrids, in particular the new LS600h. And then there is the Tundra. Toyota themselves over the past month have been sounding incre

AddNew study from electric utilities touts PHEV benefits

The Electric Power Research Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council have done a new study on plug-in hybrids and as you might expect they have found them to be a good thing. The study looked at what happens to the environment when emissions are moved from individual vehicles to power plant smokestacks if there was widespread adoption of plug-in hybrids. They found that total annual emissions of greenhouse gases would be reduced by 450 million tonnes by 2050. What they mean by widespr

AddGreen Day, NRDC push clean, renewable energy

Alternative rock group Green Day has teamed with the Natural Resources Defense Council in a new campaign called "Move America Beyond Oil." The goal is to educate music lovers about clean, renewable energy and cut dependence on oil. The online hub for this effort is Greendaynrdc.com where visitors can view video messages posted on YouTube and also send messages to political leaders. The Grammy-award winning band is known for raising political consciousness with its audiences.

AddOut with the old diesel, in with the new Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel

For months you've been hearing us talk about the impending introduction of the new low-sulfur diesel fuel throughout the country on October 15, though, mostly in regards to ushering in Mercedes' BlueTec engine. Keep in mind that the new fuel will also have a major impact on the 8 million diesel-powered trucks that move 94 percent of the nation's goods and the 500,000 diesel commuter buses.

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