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Carmakers need to make deeper CO2 cuts, based on latest EU climate data

They need to improve this year by 27% compared with 2018 levels

Carbon dioxide emissions from new cars in Europe increased for a second consecutive year in 2018, according to data published by the European Union's environment agency on Wednesday, putting carmakers on a collision course with the bloc's climate goals. The EU's executive Commission urged carmakers to do more to cut their fleets' carbon footprint to meet tougher emissions targets coming into force this year, even as they grapple with a sales slump and disrupted supply chains due to the coronav

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U.S. court: Individual counties can sue VW over diesel emissions; financial implications 'staggering'

Potential penalties from just these two counties could be $11.2 billion a year

The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in Anchorage, Alaska, was a victory for Utah's Salt Lake County and Florida's Hillsborough County. The counties sued Volkswagen for causing excess diesel emissions harmful to the environment and could in theory seek billions of dollars in damages. Volkswagen settled U.S. criminal and civil actions prompted by the cheating scandal for more than $20 billion, but that did not shield it from liability fro

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World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak

But sadly, the levels are already headed back up

The world cut its daily carbon dioxide emissions by 17% at the peak of the pandemic shutdown last month, a new study found. In their study of carbon dioxide emissions during the coronavirus pandemic, an international team of scientists calculated that pollution levels are heading back up — and for the year will end up between 4% and 7% lower than 2019 levels. For a week in April, the United States cut its carbon dioxide levels by about one-third.

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Porsche explains why the 911 will receive much bigger engines in 2026

The future looks grim for the naturally-aspirated variants

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Earth Day 2020: Looking forward to a cleaner, happier post-commuting world

Working from home may be the new normal long after the coronavirus is defeated

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VW settles emissions class action in Germany with three-quarters of claimants

Volkswagen will pay out a total of 620 million euros

Volkswagen has reached settlements with 200,000 of the 260,000 claimants participating in a class action lawsuit brought by German consumer group VZBV over the carmaker's rigging of diesel emissions tests, the carmaker said on Monday. A further 21,000 cases were still being reviewed for possible payouts of 1,350 - 6,250 euros ($1,464.35 - $6,779.38) per car and the deadline for participating in the settlement has been extended to April 30, VW added. Volkswagen will pay out a total

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Volvo working with California on more stringent emissions standards

It'll join Ford, BWM, Honda, VW in siding with states, not the EPA

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Trump administration issues final rule on lower fuel-economy increases

Next up, a protracted legal fight with automakers, states split

President Donald Trump is poised to roll back ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards and raise the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come, gutting one of the United States' biggest efforts against climate change. The Trump administration is expected to release a final rule Tuesday on mileage standards through 2026. The change — making good on the rollback after two years of Trump threatening and fighting states and a faction of automakers that opposed the move — wat

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India's air quality immediately improves under coronavirus lockdown

The improvement 'is mainly because of a huge reduction in vehicular traffic'

Indians breathed easier on Monday as lockdowns ordered to combat the spread of the coronavirus in India's megacities kept cars off the road and closed factories, improving air quality and letting people see blue skies instead of heavy grey smog. Last year, India accounted for around half of the world's 50 most polluted cities, according to Swiss firm IQAir, with emissions caused partly by industry, vehicle exhaust and coal-fired plants. Now, however, New Delhi and at least 75 Indian districts

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Air pollution clears in northern Italy after coronavirus lockdown, satellite shows

China showed a marked reduction, too

Air pollution over northern Italy fell after the government introduced a nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus, satellite imagery showed on Friday, in a new example of the pandemic's potential impact on emissions. China, where the outbreak started, showed a marked reduction in pollution after the government imposed travel bans and quarantines, and the data from Italy, which was hit hard several weeks later, suggested a similar pattern. The European Space Agency (ESA) said it had observed a

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U.S. jury awards $100,000 in punitive damages to drivers of four Volkswagen vehicles

It's a fraction of what these diesel buyers sought

The drivers, three individuals and a couple, are among some 350 people who opted out of a $10 billion U.S. class action settlement with the German automaker which agreed to buy back hundreds of thousands of its cars after it admitted to using illegal software to cheat U.S. pollution tests in September 2015. The five were part of an initial trial of 10 plaintiffs, aimed at setting a pattern to resolve the remaining claims. The jury had earlier this month awarded the five a total of $5,747 in co

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U.S. vehicle fleet fuel efficiency sets a record in 2018

But it fell short of goal thanks to SUVs

The U.S. vehicle fleet hit a record for fuel efficiency in 2018 averaging 25.1 miles per gallon (mpg) in real-world driving as it rose 0.2 mpg, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said. The fleet is also preliminarily anticipated to jump to 25.5 mpg for the 2019 model year. The EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are working to finalize rules to rollback Obama-era requirements through the 2026 model year.

Berlin documentary explores value of work in Germany's struggling car industry

'Sooner or later, everyone might be replaceable'

Disruptions in Germany's car industry are eroding job security and national identity, with the most vulnerable drawing more self-respect from work than the wealthy, the director of a documentary screening at this year's Berlin Film Festival said. The German documentary "Automotive" explores the value of work in the age of automation and digitization, with low-skilled workers struggling to keep their jobs in Germany's mighty automobile industry. The malaise in Germany's car industry, caused by

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A rebel yells about pollution: Billy Idol stars in New York anti-idling ads

'I mean, bollocks, are you trying to choke us all?'

Rocker Billy Idol is the face of an anti-idling campaign launched Thursday in New York City. “Billy never idles, so why should you?” the '80s MTV star growls in a public service announcement intended to shame New Yorkers into shutting the engine off. “If you're not driving, shut your damn engine off!” Idol says in the public service announcement.

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VW proposes 35% dividend increase, settles class action emissions lawsuit

Volkswagen said its full-year operating profit rose 22%

Volkswagen Group said its full-year operating profit rose 22% to 16.9 billion euros ($18.5 bln) thanks to strong sales of higher-margin cars and lower diesel charges, defying an industry downturn that has cut the earnings of rivals. Volkswagen is in the midst of ramping up sales of sports utility vehicles, which command better profits than ordinary cars, to 40% of passenger car sales from below 25% in 2018, while diesel related fines and settlements fell to 2.3 billion euros, down from 3.2 bill

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Dodge Grand Caravan, Journey no longer available in the California emissions states

The end of the road comes sooner in some states than in others

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VW to resume talks over German class action on emissions

Consumer protection organization Vzbv said it had accepted the court invitation

Volkswagen and the German consumer protection organisation have agreed to resume talks aimed at reaching a deal in a class action lawsuit over the carmaker's rigging of diesel emissions tests. VW admitted using illegal software to cheat U.S. diesel engine tests in 2015, a scandal which has cost it more than $30 billion in vehicle refits, fines and provisions. Nearly all U.S. owners of affected cars agreed to take part in a $25 billion settlement in 2016 in the United States, but V

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BMW expects to cut average emissions in Europe by 20% this year

All while growing sales globally

BMW will continue to grow sales globally while at the same time lowering its European average emissions of carbon dioxide by around 20% this year, Chief Financial Officer Nicolas Peter said on Thursday. Carmakers need to lower their output of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas blamed for global warming, but carmakers have struggled to meet stricter emissions goals as clients increasingly choose to buy heavier sports utility vehicles. "The fleet average emissions will go down significan

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Justice Dept. ends antitrust probe of 4 automakers who sided with California

Ford, BMW, Honda, VW did nothing wrong, investigation concludes

The Trump administration has ended its antitrust probe into a deal between California and four of the world's biggest automakers, after failing to find that the companies' conduct violated the law. The Justice Department's investigation, which started last fall, had aimed to determine whether antitrust laws were violated by Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW in reaching the July deal with California. Under the deal, the automakers planned to comply with pollution and related mileage requirements

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