The fuel efficiency of European vehicles improved in 2010, with CO2 emissions falling by 3.7 percent, according to European Union (EU) data released last Wednesday.
In the automotive industry, dropping below the 100 g/km CO2 emissions benchmark is no easy task. Aside from a few vehicles like the TwinAir two-cylinder Fiat 500 and the 1.0-liter Hyundai i10, seldom do we see gasoline- or diesel-powered autos venture into the rarified ranks of the sub-100 g/km CO2 club. Now, Volvo aims to change that with the introduction of two more models powered by the company's Euro 5-compliant 1.6-liter diesel mill.
According to a new report from the UK trade group Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the average CO2 emissions of new cars sold there have continued a steady downward trend in the first half of this year. Thanks to increasing sales of cars specifically developed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, the average for the new vehicle fleet was down to just 145.2 grams / kilometer by June.
In the U.S., we can buy hybrids, a few diesels and, soon, some serious plug-in vehicle contenders. But, on the whole, we're a dirty, dirty car market. At least, so says a new report from automotive data provider JATO Dynamics. JATO compared the American light vehicle market for the first quarter of 2010 to the markets in Europe and Japan and came away with the following results:
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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced that the "cool cars" regulation has been canceled. "Cool cars" tried to reduce the need for air conditioning in new vehicles by mandating that their windows reflect or absorb a portion of the heat-producing rays from the sun. The decision to abort the contentious regulation came after CARB announced a report evaluating the potential electromagnetic interference on certain portable devices such as cell phones, global positioning systems (GPS
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The drama of implementing carbon dioxide emissions limits for European cars continues this week with the latest directional change. This time around, with the French holding the rotating presidency of the European Union, a new proposal has emerged that would see the limits phased in over a three-year period beginning in 2012. Originally, the plan was to have each manufacturer's fleet average no more than 130 g/km of C02 emissions by 2012. Under the latest proposal, only 60 percent of an automake
Now that Jaguar and Land Rover are no longer part of the Ford family, they can't rely on the engineers in Dearborn to provide them with technology they need to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The new owners from Tata also don't have that expertise in house. With CO2 emissions limits coming to Europe, Jaguar and Land Rover are in the process of hiring 600 people, many of whom will be engineers with the knowledge required to develop hybrid and electric drive systems as well as other new pow
Hoping consumers will make greener choices while shopping for new cars, two states require disclosure of how much global-warming gas the vehicles emit. Connecticut just joined California in insisting that window stickers display the numbers. Jim Motavalli of E-The Environmental Magazine says most Americans have a difficult time connecting auto exhaust and climate change. He's hoping that fuel economy concerns will spur consumers to greener choices. California has laws that will result in a 22 pe
Growing faster than smoke from a tall brick chimney at a busy factory, carbon trading (which includes carbon offsetting, something we write about here on AutoblogGreen a lot) has become a verifiable trend with news out every other day it seems about journalists or bands who want to invest in wind energy over there so they can burn petrol over here. Just click on the "Carbon Offset" category link over to the right and you'll see what I mean.