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As part of the celebrations for its 90th anniversary, and as a study of European appetites for small electric vehicles, MG has unveiled the Dynamo (click the photo above to enlarge). We didn't get detailed battery specs, but the little hatch is less than 12 feet long, weighs 2,376 pounds and gets up with 70 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. It has an 80-kilometer range when topped up, but rapid charging can restore 80 percent of its juice in just 30 minutes.

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.

Less than a month after the Britain invasion, the Tesla store in New York City will officially open for business this coming Friday. If you want to get an early look at the new digs and maybe even get a Roadster test-drive, a little pre-opening celebratory action is happening on Thursday and the public is invited. Since the doors open at 10 AM and close at 4 PM we don't think it will be the same kind of party the California stores had but hey, the car's the star, no? Speaking of cars, the sweetl

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the average new car is producing 3.8-percent fewer carbon emissions so far this year than last. Since 1997, the first year that the SMMT began reporting the figure, the overall CO2 emissions are down an amazing 16.4-percent. It's not just the vehicles themselves that are getting cleaner, as the entire manufacturing process is cleaning up its act. According to the report, the "energy needed to produce each vehicle is down 12%, water use

We already mentioned that the UK car market is showing a shift towards more fuel efficient cars. SMMT took out a calculator to find out just how much of a change there is. The group's report is filled with interesting highlights.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has generated a lot of controversy with his plans to revamp the London congestion charge. He wants to replace the flat fee for being able to drive into central London with a sliding scale based on vehicle emissions. Cars emitting less than 120g/km of CO2 would pay nothing while thirstier machines would pay as much as £25 per day.

New vehicle UK vehicle registrations in the first quarter of 2007 saw two green car increases. There were 264,186 new diesel vehicle registrations, an increase of 7.8 percent over 2006, and vehicles in the supermini category were up 6.6 percent. SMMT is the leading trade association for the motor industry in the UK, and the chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said that these numbers mean that, "fuel efficiency and greener motoring are now critical concerns for buyers."

The UK motor industry is adopting a cradle-to-grave approach to sustainability, according to a sustainability report published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The report, The UK Automotive Sector – Towards Sustainability, is 40 PDF pages of pie charts and resource consumption statistics and is available for free. SMMT found that UK-based car and commercial vehicle manufacturers are, as a whole, showing "significant progress on key measures of environmental p

It's still the weekend, so we'll go with the light news here. While interest in "green" cars is constantly increasing, British car shoppers are turning away from cars that are green in color. At this year's British International Motor Show, only 15 of the 538 cars on display are green colored. Silver, blue and black are the most popular.

In a surprising move earlier this week, the British Department for Transport killed plans to offer car buyers cash grants valued from £300 to £1,000 towards the purchase of low-emissions vehicles. Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman  told the House of Commons that the money set aside for the program wouldn't put enough qualifying vehicles on the road to make a meaningful difference in overall carbon emissions. Instead, the funds will be used for an advertising campaign aimed at B