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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Last time we told you about the EU's new CO2 limits, they were almost done. Naturally, the politicians needed a bit more time to discuss them, but now it is official: the EU has new CO2 limits for cars. The numbers remain the same: automakers will have to sell an array of cars that produce an average of 130 g/km in 2015. This limit will be gradually implemented: 65 percent of the fleet should be compliant in 2012, 75 percent in 2013, 80 percent in 2014 and 100 percent in 2015 (of course, all thi
The telenovela story of limiting vehicle emissions in the EU might have finally reached its penultimate chapter. The Parliament and the French President of the European Union have, after far too long a time, found an agreement on CO2 emission limits for car manufacturers. Now it's just a matter of getting the European Commission to pass the agreement as a bill so it becomes law for the 27 country members.
Participants in the EU CO2 limits telenovela discussion might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Despite industry pressures and the tour de force battle between France and Germany, the European Parliament seems to have reached something that resembles a final agreement, even though negotiations will continue this week. Currently, the final agreement looks like this: starting in 2012, average CO2 emissions from new cars will be reduced by about 18 percent to 130 g/km, with full complia
This week, Detroit got its $25B bailout loan approved by Washington, and according to The Wall Street Journal, European carmakers are making like this is a game of "Simon Says." The Journal reports that Fiat has proposed the idea of hitting up the European Commission for €40 billion ($55B USD) to help the European auto industry make the move to cleaner, greener cars ahead of the strict new emissions regulations currently being bandied about. Like we said, this rationale is very similar to t
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
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It looks like European automakers are winning their battle against the proposed European Union limits on automotive CO2 emissions. While the European Commission had proposed a limit of 120 g/km for the vehicle fleet by 2012, manufacturers where claiming the limit was too aggressive. The members of parliament apparently agreed, with the Industry and Energy Committee voting 35-21 to slow things down. Instead of having the entire fleet meet the requirement, only 60 percent of vehicles will have to
Here's something that could be useful for car makers: a system that calculates a target CO2 figure based on vehicle weight and the European Commission's so-called 'slope of the line' parameter linking weight to target CO2 as well as the variance from the target figure and any resulting financial penalties.
The Slovenian rotating president of the EU (commemorative logo pictured above) has proposed a new, very low figure for average fleet CO2 emissions. Instead of going modest and demanding automakers lower their average to 130 g/km by 2012, which is the current proposal, the Slovenian president has announced that automakers could go for a stricter limit of 95 g/km by 2020. This would counteract some automakers' statements saying that 2012 models were already being designed and it was too late to ma
Upcoming fuel economy regulations in the U.S. and carbon dioxide emissions limits in Europe appear set to take a bite out of the next generation Saab 9-3. The current 9-3 is derived from GM's Epsilon platform and the new 9-3 was due to come off the Epsilon II that underpins the new Opel Insignia, but a change may be in the works. GM has reportedly canceled the Epsilon II-based 9-3 in favor of a model built off the Global Compact Car platform that will be the basis of the next Astra/Cobalt and, o