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BMW Group Is World's Most Sustainable Car Company For Sixth Consecutive Year. BMW Group Is World's Most Sustainable Car Company For Sixth Consecutive Year.

The BMW Group has been named as the automotive industry's Supersector leader for the sixth consecutive year, and is therefore the world's most sustainable automobile manufacturer. This was the conclusion of the SAM Group, published in its latest evaluation for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). The BMW Group is the only company in the automotive industry to have been listed in this important group of sustainability indexes every year since it was established in 1999 and named...

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Ford Uses Innovative Liquid-Cooled Battery System To Help Focus Electric Owners Maximize Range Ford Uses Innovative Liquid-Cooled Battery System To Help Focus Electric Owners Maximize Range

The all-new Ford Focus Electric, which debuts in the U.S. late next year and in Europe in 2012, will be powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery that utilizes heated and cooled liquid to help maximize battery life and gas-free driving range. Thermal management of lithium-ion battery systems is critical to the success of all-electric vehicles because extreme temperatures can affect performance, reliability, safety and durability. Ford has chosen an advanced active liquid-cooling and...

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Holden Cruze hits a high point (Australia) Holden Cruze hits a high point (Australia)

The Holden Cruze has recorded its best monthly sales figure since entering the Australian market, according to figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

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Hyundai ix35 only on par Hyundai ix35 only on par

The two Petrol powered ix35’s offer only on-par fuel economy. The Turbo Diesel’s economy is towards the most frugal for a Compact SUV

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Honda Civic GX is America's Greenest Car for the 7th Year Honda Civic GX is America's Greenest Car for the 7th Year

Four Honda vehicles earned recognition from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as among the “greenest vehicles of 2010” with the natural gas Civic GX car earning the title of American’s greenest vehicle for the seventh consecutive year, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced.

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Mazda Premiere of Eco-Friendly and Powerful Next Generation ‘SKY-G’ and ‘SKY-D’ Engines Mazda Premiere of Eco-Friendly and Powerful Next Generation ‘SKY-G’ and ‘SKY-D’ Engines

Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of its next-generation engine line-up and automatic transmission at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show, to be held from Saturday, October 24 through Wednesday, November 4, 2009.

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Audi Showcases Efficiency from A to B Audi Showcases Efficiency from A to B

Following the successful premiere of its extraordinary E-tron electric vehicle at Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), Audi is also proving the efficiency of its combustion engines with the start of a long distance ‘Efficiency Challenge’ covering 4,182 kilometres through Europe in nine days. Travelling literally from A to B, the tour starts in Å on the Lofoten archipelago in Norway and finishes in Bée in northern Italy. Audi is using the drive to showcase the efficiency of a broad range of its...

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Nissan North America Exports First Engine to Japan Nissan North America Exports First Engine to Japan

Nissan plant in U.S. starts production on engine for Infiniti QX56 manufactured in Japan Nissan’s powertrain assembly plant in Decherd, Tenn., today produced the first engine that will be exported to Japan for assembly in the next-generation Infiniti QX56 luxury fullsize sport utility vehicle. This marks the first time a Nissan plant in the United States has exported an engine to Japan.

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Mazda Delivers Two Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid Vehicles to Hiroshima Government Authorities Mazda Delivers Two Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid Vehicles to Hiroshima Government Authorities

Mazda Motor Corporation today delivered one Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid each to the City of Hiroshima and Hiroshima Prefecture government authorities in western Japan. The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid is Mazda’s latest hydrogen rotary engine (RE) vehicle that uses hydrogen as a fuel and features a unique hybrid system. Including the first lease of a Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid to the Iwatani Corporation in May 2009, Mazda has now delivered three hydrogen hybrid vehicles to fleet customers...

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“Green Technology in Fascinating Cars for Discerning Customers” “Green Technology in Fascinating Cars for Discerning Customers”

“No other premium auto maker has such good overall prerequisites as we do to fulfil the entire bandwidth of expectations from sustainable mobility for today and tomorrow,” this is the conclusion delivered today by Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, at the Mercedes-Benz press conference at the 63rd International Auto Show in Frankfurt.

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AUDI AG: 100 New Jobs in Electromobility AUDI AG: 100 New Jobs in Electromobility

In the run-up to the International Motor Show IAA, Rupert Stadler, CEO of AUDI AG, announced this evening: “We are currently hiring an additional 100 engineers for the ePerformance* development project.” That will boost the number of newly hired specialists at Audi this year to 400. “We are thus investing in future technologies and once again confirming our commitment to ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’, underscored Stadler.

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Hyundai Joins Industry Leaders to Urge Action on Hydrogen Infrastructure Hyundai Joins Industry Leaders to Urge Action on Hydrogen Infrastructure

Hyundai Motor Company, the world’s fifth-largest automobile group, joined leading global automakers to urge governments, energy companies and other organisations to develop easily accessible and affordable hydrogen infrastructure to ensure the successful introduction of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) into the global marketplace.

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Mercedes-Benz Partners in Hydrogen Roll Out - “H2 Mobility” Mercedes-Benz Partners in Hydrogen Roll Out - “H2 Mobility”

On Thursday 10th September, leading industrial companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Berlin with the participation of the German Minister of Transport, Wolfgang Tiefensee. The agreement intends the evaluation of the setup of a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany so as to promote serial production of electric vehicles with fuel-cell. This marks a major step towards the commercialization of such locally emission-free vehicles.

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Back to the Future: the Mercedes-Benz 190 D BlueEFFICIENCY Back to the Future: the Mercedes-Benz 190 D BlueEFFICIENCY

From the outside it looks just like a 20-plus year-old Mercedes 190, tens of thousands of well-preserved examples of which can still be seen on Germany's roads. Pressing the accelerator tells a different story: equipped with the ultra-modern OM651 common-rail engine developing 150 kW, the Mercedes 190 D BlueEFFICIENCY shows the full potential of this new four-cylinder diesel engine.

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MINI E Test Drivers Sought in the UK MINI E Test Drivers Sought in the UK

MINI has begun inviting pioneering drivers in the UK to field trials of the first electric-powered MINI. Twenty prototype cars are destined for British roads and drivers can apply online. Each MINI E will be available to lease for six months from December this year. A second round of applications will then be invited in 2010, allowing a further twenty drivers to lease an all-electric MINI for a six month period.

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Ford Unveils ‘Intelligent’ System for Plug-in Hybrids to Communicate with the Electric Grid Ford Unveils ‘Intelligent’ System for Plug-in Hybrids to Communicate with the Electric Grid

Ford Motor Company announced today that it has developed an intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications and control system for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that “talks” directly with the nation’s electric grid.

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Honda’s Green Purchasing Approach Honda’s Green Purchasing Approach

In keeping with its focus on sustainability, Honda Motor Co. has introduced Green Purchasing Guidelines across its Japanese operations to minimise the environmental impact of its procurement processes. Honda’s Green Purchasing Guidelines cover actions and target outcomes across its products, production and policies and are implemented as part of a cooperative effort with the company’s supplier network.

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Partners with the Government of Victoria Australia for Zero-Emission Mobility Renault-Nissan Alliance Partners with the Government of Victoria Australia for Zero-Emission...

The Renault-Nissan Alliance (the Alliance) and the State Government of Victoria in Australia have formed a partnership to explore the development of a Zero Emission Vehicles program.

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Nissan Debuts Nissan Debuts "Intelligent" Fuel Saving

European motorists are being shown how to drive more economically in a unique project designed to help reduce fuel bills and lower CO2 emissions. The Nissan Intelligent Driver Project (NIDP), an eight-month study of drivers in the United Kingdom that began this month, uses satellite navigation systems, mobile phone technology and advanced vehicle telematics to analyse driving habits and suggest ways of improving fuel economy. Reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 are the two main targets...

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Ford Australia Invests $230 Million in New Fuel-Efficient Engines for Locally Produced Vehicles Ford Australia Invests $230 Million in New Fuel-Efficient Engines for Locally Produced Vehicles

Ford Australia announced today it is investing $230 million to improve the fuel efficiency and environmental impact of its Australian-made models, including the first global application of Ford’s advanced 2.0-litre 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine in a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the Ford Falcon.

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Nissan's New Navigation System Emphasizes Safer, Greener Driving Nissan's New Navigation System Emphasizes Safer, Greener Driving

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has announced an enhanced automotive navigation system design that utilizes intelligent transportation system (ITS) infrastructure and other advanced technology to promote safer and greener driving. The new navigation system – the world’s first to incorporate ITS information in a production vehicle – will debut on the next generation Nissan Fuga, which goes on sale in Japan in late 2009.

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Audi Confirms Commitment to Modern Diesel Engines for Australia Audi Confirms Commitment to Modern Diesel Engines for Australia

Audi Australia Pty Ltd has this week introduced three new super-efficient turbo-diesel engines to its Australian model line-up, confirming the company’s commitment to modern diesel technology, known as TDI. A fourth highly-efficient direct injection petrol (FSI) engine rounds out the list of new low-consumption cars now available for Australian customers. A total of 21 Audi vehicles are now available with average fuel consumption of 7 litres/100km or less. Three of the four new Audi model...

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Nissan Introduces New Dual Injector System for Improved Fuel Efficiency in Small-Displacement Engines Nissan Introduces New Dual Injector System for Improved Fuel Efficiency in Small-Displacement...

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the development of a Dual Injector system designed to improve fuel efficiency in small-displacement gasoline engines. The new fuel delivery system, the first of its kind in the world*1, uses an injector for each port rather than one per cylinder – speeding up fuel vaporization, reducing the amount of unburned fuel and reducing hydrocarbon emissions. Nissan will introduce the new system in production vehicles starting early in fiscal 2010.

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Hyundai Launches World’s First LPI Hybrid Electric Vehicle Hyundai Launches World’s First LPI Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Drive)’ gear that maximises fuel efficiency by reducing sharp fluctuations in the torque, increasing the use of electric motor assist and electric charge regeneration when the brakes are applied. Available in three trim levels, Elantra LPI HEV will be priced at 20.5 million won (AUD$20,395^) for the entry level HDe-I model and will top out at 23.2 million won (AUD$23,079^) for the HDE-III model. Prices include South Korean government consumption tax exemption which has a maximum benefit of...

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BMW Twin-Turbo 3.0L Diesel Updated BMW Twin-Turbo 3.0L Diesel Updated

Lower emissions, more driving pleasure: No other car maker besides the BMW Group applies this principle so convincingly and successfully in practice. Both today and in a long-term comparison, BMW and MINI are far ahead of all competitors in the premium segment in reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This unique position held by the BMW Group is the result of the EfficientDynamics development strategy comprising all innovations serving to reduce fuel consumption and emissions...

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Hyundai Taking Pre-Launch Orders for Elantra LPI Hybrid Hyundai Taking Pre-Launch Orders for Elantra LPI Hybrid

Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker, began taking pre-launch orders for its Elantra LPI Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), its first hybrid vehicle for commercial sale. Hyundai will accept pre-launch orders until July 7, a day before it officially introduces the car in the South Korean domestic market. The car, which is the world’s first hybrid electric vehicle to be powered by a Liquefied Petroleum Injected (LPI) engine, was first unveiled at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show in...

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2010 Nissan Green Program 2010 Nissan Green Program

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today provided an update on its comprehensive environmental action plan, Nissan Green Program 2010 (NGP 2010), along with a preview of future actions. Among the new initiatives is the review of long-term CO2 emission reduction scenarios. Nissan also announced the introduction of an automatic transmission (AT) model with a clean-diesel engine in the Japanese market, planned for spring 2010. Nissan already has produced tangible results toward its goal of reducing CO2...

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Citroen 3.0HDi V6 Diesel Engine First Details Citroen 3.0HDi V6 Diesel Engine First Details

Citroën has released first details of an advanced 3.0HDi V6 240hp engine to be introduced to the C5 and C6 ranges later this summer. The unit is the most powerful production engine in the history of the Marque. It delivers the neat trick of offering more power and improved performance, alongside better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. The new engine improves fuel economy by 13-17% and reduces CO2 by 12-15%, compared to the current 2.7HDi V6 208hp unit.

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Lamborghini Researching Hybrid Solutions Lamborghini Researching Hybrid Solutions

The plans for reducing emissions will thus involve two areas: modifications to the Lamborghini factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, and development in vehicle design. To redefine its industrial processes in accordance with its policy of environmental sustainability, Lamborghini has just begun a project to complete installation of a large photovoltaic system by the end of 2009. The roof-top plant will produce 1,582 Megawatt hour (MWh) of "green" energy per year, which translates...

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World Premiere of Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid Bus World Premiere of Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid Bus

The new Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid city bus is celebrating its world premiere from June 7 to11 at the UITP World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition in Vienna. The fuel cell hybrid bus is the first vehicle in Daimler Buses’ new generation of fuel cell buses. It combines the advantages of the diesel-electric Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid, which was unveiled a few months ago, with those of the hydrogen-powered Citaro fuel cell buses, which have delivered impressive...

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Volvo Aims to be Market Leader in Plug-in Hybrid Technology Volvo Aims to be Market Leader in Plug-in Hybrid Technology

Volvo Cars continues to focus heavily on advanced green technology and is now taking yet another major step forward in keeping with the company's over-riding vision - DRIVe Towards Zero. An exciting joint project with Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall will see the production of battery-powered Volvos featuring plug-in hybrid technology as early as 2012. "There is no doubt that the environmental issue is at the very top of Volvo Cars' product development agenda right now," says...

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Volvo Cars and Vattenfall to Develop New Plug-in Hybrid Volvo Cars and Vattenfall to Develop New Plug-in Hybrid

A Volvo that can be fuelled with electricity from a standard wall socket will be a reality by 2012. In January 2007, Volvo Car Corporation and Swedish energy company, Vattenfall, launched a joint project with the aim of testing and developing plug-in technology. Now their cooperation is being taken to the next level with plans to introduce plug-in hybrids to market, powered by electricity and an exceptionally fuel efficient diesel engine that will see fuel consumption drop to under...

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First Delivery of Fully Electric, Zero Emission MINI E First Delivery of Fully Electric, Zero Emission MINI E

His favourite pioneer is Leonardo da Vinci, but now Peter Trepp can consider himself a bona fide pioneer, as he has become the first of several hundred customers in the United States to take delivery of the MINI E – a fully electric, zero emissions vehicle—as part of a year-long field study. Deliveries of the MINI E to other US customers will be completed by the end of June. “Congratulations to Peter Trepp on being the first person in the United States to take delivery of the MINI E, I...

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Honda Recycles for a Cleaner Future Honda Recycles for a Cleaner Future

Honda Motor Co., a leader in sustainability and alternative fuel technology, is expanding its recycling of end-of-life products and the recovery of parts. Since 1998, Honda has sold highly functional recycled parts to customers in Japan and in July 2001 began marketing its reused parts, expanding the operation known today as Honda Recycle Parts. Through the use of recovered parts and efforts to recycle materials, Honda has achieved an outstanding re-use rate of 84 per cent. Some of the...

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Driving Efficiently: New Technologies from Audi Driving Efficiently: New Technologies from Audi

Audi is consistently pressing forward to improve fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Starting in the second quarter of 2009, the modular efficiency platform will benefit from additional new technologies: The on-board computer with the efficiency program and the start-stop system will raise the efficiency and convenience of the Audi models to a new level. By 2012 the fuel consumption of the Audi model range should drop by 20 percent. Audi's modular efficiency platform combines reduced consumption...

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Honda Teaching Ecological Driving Practices at Dealerships in Japan Honda Teaching Ecological Driving Practices at Dealerships in Japan

Continuing to lead the industry in sustainability, Honda Motor Co. has implemented environmental initiatives throughout its Japanese dealerships using specialised certification systems and green consumer programs. In 2001, Honda Motor Co. introduced the ‘Green Dealer’ certification system, which recognises dealerships that have taken steps to improve energy efficiency, enhance environmental conservation initiatives and contribute to the community. As a practical measure, dealers use the...

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SUV Models with BlueTEC Technology Going to Europe SUV Models with BlueTEC Technology Going to Europe

An American dream has come true. The BlueTEC models of Mercedes-Benz have achieved what no-one ever thought possible: American car drivers find diesel-powered passenger car models attractive. With this success under its belt, Mercedes-Benz is now bringing its BlueTEC SUVs to the European market. This is a guaranteed home win. The three BlueTEC SUVs can be ordered immediately; deliveries will begin in September 2009.

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Honda Rewards Hybrid Drivers Honda Rewards Hybrid Drivers

In a bid to reward environmentally conscious drivers, Honda is rolling out the red carpet for hybrid owners, providing priority parking at various high-traffic centres around the country. Honda’s Hybrid Priority Parking is an Australian-first and will make its debut at Melbourne Central Shopping Centre in May, with plans for rollout at other locations in the coming months, including Sydney and Melbourne airports. Honda pioneered hybrid technology in Australia, introducing its first hybrid...

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CPT & AVL Collaborate to Show the Future of Gasoline Engines CPT & AVL Collaborate to Show the Future of Gasoline Engines

The UK’s automotive CO2 reduction specialist, Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), and the world’s largest independent developer of vehicle powertrains, AVL List GmbH (AVL), have worked together to develop a gasoline engine that retains all the traditional cost, weight, NVH refinement and emission benefits as well as the fun-to-drive factor, whilst reducing CO2 levels to that of an equivalent diesel powertrain. The AVL demonstrator vehicle incorporates an advanced 2-litre 4-cylinder engine...

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Major BMW Efficient Dynamics Expansion Announced Major BMW Efficient Dynamics Expansion Announced

A major expansion of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies in Australia, which will reduce the fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of twenty six BMW models without sacrificing performance, was announced today. “The concept of premium motoring in Australia is being re-defined with BMW EfficientDynamics,” says BMW Group Australia’s managing director Stavros Yallouridis. “Customers today expect a premium car to deliver both efficiency and dynamic performance. Thanks to...

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Citroen Confirms Diesel Hybrid, Starts Pilot Process Engineering Citroen Confirms Diesel Hybrid, Starts Pilot Process Engineering

Citroen has confirmed that it will launch a diesel hybrid, which will set new standards for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, in 2011 and that it will arrive in the Citroen DS5, the third of Citroen’s new premium range of cars. The use of a diesel hybrid not only promises a considerable fuel saving and a drop of up to 35 per cent in carbon dioxide emissions compared to a same-sized car, it will also enable Citroen to offer a new breed of four wheel drive, with the driver having a choice of...

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Ford Fusion Hybrid Drives 1445 Miles on Single Tank Ford Fusion Hybrid Drives 1445 Miles on Single Tank

Drivers trained in mileage-maximizing techniques such as smooth acceleration and coasting to red lights were able to get an extraordinary 1,445.7 miles out of a single tank of gas during a fund-raising effort in Washington, D.C. that concluded today. They did it by averaging 81.5 miles per gallon in an off-the-showroom floor, non-modified 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient midsize car in North America – nearly doubling its U.S. certified mileage. The Fusion Hybrid 1,000-Mile...

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Less Emissions from Honda's New Diesel Plant Less Emissions from Honda's New Diesel Plant

Honda has just celebrated the completion of a new engine plant to supply cylinder blocks and casting parts for its diesel engines in European models. The manufacturing facility, at Ogawa in Japan, will start production in autumn this year, following the installation and testing of machines and equipment. Ogawa is the latest environmentally-responsible Honda manufacturing facility. It has been designed to decrease the amount of CO2 generated in the production of each engine by 40 per cent...

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Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTEC HYBRID Bus in Operation Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTEC HYBRID Bus in Operation

More than 250 customers from 15 countries recently had the opportunity to experience first-hand the Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid articulated bus in operation for the first time. Experts from European transport operations praised a number of features of the 18-metre long hybrid city bus, including its completely emission-free operation on some stretches of the route, its quiet, practically jerk-free drive system, its unique vehicle concept incorporating four electric wheel hub...

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car2go: 200 smart Reasons for Rediscovering City Driving car2go: 200 smart Reasons for Rediscovering City Driving

Daimler AMG has figured out 200 good reasons for rediscovering city driving, and they can be found on every corner in Ulm, Germany. The German auto maker has devised ‘car2go’ – its new mobility concept that makes driving a car as easy as using a mobile phone. Following the successful completion of its internal pilot programme, car2go, with its fleet of 200 turbo-diesel smart fortwo cdi city cars, is available from now to all registered residents and visitors to Ulm – every day, around the...

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GM Holden EcoLine Badge Highlights Alternative Range GM Holden EcoLine Badge Highlights Alternative Range

GM Holden dealerships are now receiving their first deliveries of Holden EcoLine-badged vehicles. EcoLine is the GM Holden brand designed to highlight the company’s broad range of vehicles that use an alternative fuel or fuel saving technology. The Holden EcoLine range offers consumers affordable solutions to tackle fuel efficiency and highlights Holden’s commitment to a range of energy diverse vehicles. GM Holden Director of Energy and Environment, Richard Marshall, said the Holden...

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Honda on Track to Achieving 2010 CO2 Reduction Targets Honda on Track to Achieving 2010 CO2 Reduction Targets

Leading the industry on sustainability, Honda is on track to achieving its global CO2 reduction targets by 2010. Honda has been striving towards a 10 per cent global reduction in CO2 emissions across its entire range of products – automotive, motorcycle and power equipment – while reduction targets for the production phase are set at 10 per cent for automotive and 20 per cent for motorcycle and power equipment. Honda developed its targets using a specialised Life Cycle Assessment system...

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Fisker to Receive $85M for Development of Plug-In Hybrid Cars Fisker to Receive $85M for Development of Plug-In Hybrid Cars

Fisker Automotive, Inc., a leading producer of advanced green technology automobiles, announced today it has entered into definitive agreements to receive an additional $85 million in venture capital funding for the development and manufacturing of its Karma plug-in hybrid automobiles. The financing is expected to be completed this month and will be the fourth and largest investment round since the company's inception in August 2007. New York-based Eco-Drive (Capital) Partners LLC, a...

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GM and Segway Developing Electric, Two-Seat Prototype Vehicle GM and Segway Developing Electric, Two-Seat Prototype Vehicle

General Motors Corp. and Segway today demonstrated a new type of vehicle that could change the way we move around in cities. Dubbed Project P.U.M.A. (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), GM and Segway are developing an electrically powered, two-seat prototype vehicle that has only two wheels. It could allow people to travel around cities more quickly, safely, quietly and cleanly - and at a lower total cost. The vehicle also enables design creativity, fashion, fun and social...

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Hyundai’s 2nd Generation Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus Unveiled Hyundai’s 2nd Generation Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus Unveiled

Three years after introducing its first fuel cell bus to the world, Hyundai Motor Company today unveiled its second generation hydrogen fuel cell bus (or Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) at the Seoul Motor Show in South Korea taking another major step forward to cleaner air and energy independence. The hydrogen distribution infrastructure needed to support hydrogen fuel cell electric buses is seen as feasible to set up, as buses typically operate on fixed routes and need at most only two...

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DRIVe Technology the Secret Behind Volvo's STCC Bid DRIVe Technology the Secret Behind Volvo's STCC Bid

Volvo will use technology from the environmentally optimised C30 1.6 DRIVe in its bid for outright victory in the 2009 Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC). The efficiency of the current bio-ethanol (E85) fuelled C30 STCC 'Green Racer' will be further enhanced by the aerodynamic solutions developed for the diesel-powered C30 DRIVe, the first model to be launched under Volvo's aggressive roadmap for reducing C02 emissions. The race cars' flat under-body panels, diffuser and rear wing...

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Proton Signs Agreement To Produce New Generation Electric Cars Proton Signs Agreement To Produce New Generation Electric Cars

Malaysian car maker Proton and Detroit Electric Holdings Ltd have announced a strategic licensing and contract assembly agreement that will allow Detroit Electric to utilise Proton platforms for the production of Pure Electric Cars (PEV). Under the agreement Proton will license the use of its Persona and Gen2 to Detroit Electric to build its Pure Electric Vehicles (PEV) for the global market. The electric cars will be built in Proton's Tanjung Malim plant. According to Proton managing...

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How to Grow a Prius in Your Backyard How to Grow a Prius in Your Backyard

Toyota engineers have developed a world first for the next-generation Prius hybrid car - plastic components made from plants you could grow in your backyard. Known as ecological plastic, the plant-based foam and injection-moulded parts are found in several locations throughout the new Prius, including the scuff plates, deck trim and seat cushions. The plant-based plastics replace conventional plastics which are made using petro-chemicals, cutting CO2 emissions over the life of the...

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Suzuki Urges Government Commitment on Green Cars Suzuki Urges Government Commitment on Green Cars

Leading Australian car importer Suzuki has urged the government to further commit to green cars. Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony Devers suggested all levels of government could provide leadership with incentives to make globally efficient cars cheaper for all Australians. “Compared to what’s happening in the rest of the world, the lack of policy and direction in Australia is hard to fathom,” said Devers. “As it stands in Australia at the moment, the only customers who can benefit...

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Ford Improves Fuel Economy and Safety on FG Falcon Ford Improves Fuel Economy and Safety on FG Falcon

Ford Australia today announced a number of significant fuel economy and CO2 emissions improvements on key models in its local product line-up, along with the achievement of an ANCAP five-star safety rating for its E-Gas range of Falcon sedans. From April 2009 production, a Falcon XT sedan with the optional ZF six-speed automatic transmission will have a fuel consumption rating of just 9.9 L/100km, which will see it rank as one of the fuel efficiency leaders in the Large car...

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Next-Generation Prius Turns drivers into Next-Generation Prius Turns drivers into "Bowser Wowsers"

Next-generation Prius will turn drivers into "bowser wowsers" with multiple driving modes and an energy monitor to help them achieve the best possible driving efficiency and fuel economy. Drivers can select three "on demand" drive modes - EV, ECO and POWER - that supplement normal driving with new Prius' 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, 60kW electric motor and seamless intelligent electronic transmission. From start-up and at speeds up to 50kmh, new Prius can operate...

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Proton to Build Electric Cars Proton to Build Electric Cars

Malaysian motor manufacturer Proton is to mass produce electric cars under licence for Detroit Electric, a privately-owned start-up that will supply the technology and sell the vehicles in Europe, China and the United States.

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Mitsubishi Signs MoU with the Principality of Monaco to Test i MiEV Mitsubishi Signs MoU with the Principality of Monaco to Test i MiEV

Following a successful testing exercise conducted in December 2008, the Principality of Monaco, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Europe B.V. and MC Automobile (Europe) N.V. - a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation - yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding fleet testing of Mitsubishi Motors' zero on-road emission i MiEV*1 electric vehicle with the Principality of Monaco. Through this MoU, all involved parties demonstrate their shared interests in...

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Leasing of World's First Hybrid Rotary Hydrogen Vehicle Leasing of World's First Hybrid Rotary Hydrogen Vehicle

Mazda Motor Corporation today commenced commercial leasing of the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid, a hydrogen hybrid vehicle that offers substantially improved performance thanks to the addition of a hybrid system. Mazda is the world’s first automobile manufacturer to begin commercial leasing of a hydrogen hybrid vehicle; the first units will be delivered to local government authorities and energy-related companies during 2009. The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid is Mazda’s second hydrogen...

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Fisker Recruits Retailers to Represent Premium Green Brand Fisker Recruits Retailers to Represent Premium Green Brand

Premium green automaker Fisker Automotive has appointed its first group of U.S. retailers to market and service its luxury plug-in hybrid vehicles, beginning with the $87,900, 100mpg Karma sedan later this year. Thirty-two award-winning retailers have confirmed their intent to carry the Fisker marquee. The number puts the carmaker close to its goal of having 40 locations across the country by the end of June 2009. All Fisker retailers are well-established operations familiar with premium...

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Mitsubishi’s i MiEV Electric Vehicle Hits the Road Mitsubishi’s i MiEV Electric Vehicle Hits the Road

Following a successful debut at the Melbourne International Motor Show, Mitsubishi’s first production-ready electric vehicle - the i MiEV – has now commenced a nation-wide feasibility test. The i MiEV, which stands for Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle, is set to become one of the world’s first truly viable zero drive-time emission city commuters in volume production when it is released in Japan later this year. The Mitsubishi i MiEV Motorcade is covering special events, public...

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Peugeot at the Cutting Edge of Automotive Technology in Europe Peugeot at the Cutting Edge of Automotive Technology in Europe

With 961 patent applications in 2008, PSA Peugeot has been designated by France’s National Institute for Industrial Property as the country’s leading patent filer for the second year in a row. The Group’s first-place ranking attests to its strong focus on innovation and to the quality of its research and development teams. In its commitment to maintaining its assertive, ambitious strategy of renewing the product portfolio, PSA Peugeot has once again ramped up its capacity for innovation with...

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Honda’s Global Commitment to the Environment Honda’s Global Commitment to the Environment

Honda, the world’s leading engine producer and trendsetter in low emission vehicles, is going even further to reduce the environmental impact of its factories and office headquarters through its “Green Factories” and “Green Buildings” program in North America. The initiative plans to increase energy efficiency, reduce waste and enhance recycling activities at all North American plants, buildings and factories. The majority of its North American manufacturing plants comply with third-party...

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2010 Porsche Panamera Gets Start Stop 2010 Porsche Panamera Gets Start Stop

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is proudly presenting the key technologies of the new Panamera prior to the world debut of this truly outstanding Gran Turismo in Shanghai, among them no less than five innovations in technology to be admired for the first time in a production car in the luxury performance range and therefore marking world debuts themselves. These include the first automatic start/stop in conjunction with automatic transmission, air suspension with additional air volume...

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Fiat ‘Eco' Test Drive with Supermodel Jodie Kidd Fiat ‘Eco' Test Drive with Supermodel Jodie Kidd

Supermodel Jodie Kidd became the first person in the UK to take a Fiat ‘eco' test drive in a new initiative designed to highlight the benefits of environmentally-friendly motoring. Six foot two inch tall Jodie used a new Fiat 500 city car to take her eco:test at the start of the new programme, which is being piloted through 10 Fiat dealerships in the Greater London area. If successful, it could be rolled out across the UK. Under the initiative, every customer who visits a participating...

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Mazda's Urea Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) System Mazda's Urea Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) System

Mazda Motor Corporation’s sporty SUV, the Mazda CX-7, will be the first passenger vehicle produced by a Japanese automaker to be equipped with a urea selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. Mazda’s SCR is smaller than previous systems, which is a significant improvement that enables it to be installed in passenger cars. It will be combined with Mazda’s newly developed clean, highly efficient MZR-CD 2.2L turbo diesel engine. Planned for introduction in 2009, together with the new...

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BMW Hydrogen Engine Reaches Top Level Efficiency BMW Hydrogen Engine Reaches Top Level Efficiency

The BMW Group Forschung und Technik, in cooperation with researchers in Graz and Vienna, Austria, in the "H2BVplus" project has succeeded in developing a monovalent hydrogen engine with diesel-typical geometry and progressive H2 high-pressure direct injection technology, achieving efficiencies on par with those of the best turbodiesel engines with a maximum of up to 42 percent. Partners in this project, which is sponsored by Austria's Federal Ministry for Transportation, Innovation...

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TH!NK Factory Plans in the USA TH!NK Factory Plans in the USA

Norway's pioneering electric car maker, Think, plans to open a new manufacturing plant and technical center in the United States. The company is currently in discussions with eight states, including Michigan, hoping to host the facility, which will initially employ about 300 workers with a starting capacity of 16,000 cars per year. The technical center will provide jobs for another 70 engineers and electric drive specialists. Plans ultimately call for up to 900 employees and a capacity of...

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BMW Group Leads the Way in Reducing Fuel Consumption BMW Group Leads the Way in Reducing Fuel Consumption

By far the most efficient premium-class vehicles on the German automobile market are built by BMW and MINI. The official calculation of fleet consumption carried out by the Federal Motor Transport Authority is certified confirmation of this exceptional position held by BMW Group brands. Current statistics calculated by the Flensburg-based authority show that BMW and MINI brand vehicles newly registered in Germany during 2008 have an average fuel consumption of 5.9 litres/100 km and average...

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Over 500 kg of Recycled Materials in New Golf Over 500 kg of Recycled Materials in New Golf

Volkswagen commissioned an audit into the use of secondary raw materials known as recyclates in the new Golf. The investigation showed that 527 kg of secondary raw materials, or over 40 percent of the vehicle weight, are used in the new Golf, thus conserving resources. As a result, the new Golf not only excels with its efficient TSI and common rail engines, but also through the use of environmentally-friendly materials. This is the first time that an audit into the use of recycled materials in...

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Ford Celebrates 100,000 Hybrid SUV's Produced Ford Celebrates 100,000 Hybrid SUV's Produced

Ford Motor Company today celebrated the production of its 100,000th hybrid SUV and reinforced its commitment to ramping up production of hybrid vehicles this year. Ford launched the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids five years ago and the vehicles remain the most fuel-efficient SUVs on the market. At the same time as workers at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant celebrated the hybrid milestone, Ford dealers are preparing to begin selling the all-new 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan...

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Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid BUS Concept Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid BUS Concept

Buses made by Mercedes-Benz are headed straight for a clean future: This June, Mercedes-Benz Buses will present the new Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid model, the brand’s first fuel-cell hybrid bus. The regular-service city bus marks yet another important milestone on the road to zero-emission mobility and improved resource conservation within the framework of Daimler’s “Shaping Future Transportation” global initiative.

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BMW's Learning Navigation System Helps Drivers Save Fuel BMW's Learning Navigation System Helps Drivers Save Fuel

Navigation systems are a popular and reliable way of getting to a desired destination. Now the BMW Group's Research and Technology arm is opening up whole new possibilities for navigation systems technology, by endowing them with artificial intelligence and teaching them basic learning skills. Even without entering a destination, this will allow navigation systems of the future to do things like warn of traffic hold-ups or improve fuel efficiency.

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Honda Solves Food vs Fuel Debate Honda Solves Food vs Fuel Debate

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has signed an agreement to establish R&D facilities in Japan to develop practical solutions using bio-ethanol production technology from the non-edible parts of plants, such as the stems and leaves. The new facility of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. will be built in Kisarazu, Chiba. Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2009, with the goal to commence operations in November 2009. Honda is continuing its collaborative research on bio-ethanol production technology...

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Scout Around OZ - 20,285 Kilometres in 42 Days Scout Around OZ - 20,285 Kilometres in 42 Days

The Škoda Octavia Scout 2.0 TDI 4X4 Wagon has completed an impressive journey across Australia and will be on display at the Melbourne International Motor Show from today, Friday 27 February, through to Monday 9 March. The opportunity for this adventure came about thanks to Skoda’s long-running association with SBS. Škoda Australia offered SBS a Scout to transport crew and equipment whilst filming arts projects throughout Australia as part of the launch of their regional TV signal. The...

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Ford's Highlights and Fuel Efficient Mobility - (Australia) Ford's Highlights and Fuel Efficient Mobility - (Australia)

Ford Australia has pulled the covers off a number of major new models at the Melbourne International Motor Show today, along with a preview of the company's vision for sustainable motoring, which is set to join the local Ford line-up in late 2009. A new Fiesta model from Ford's highly fuel efficient, low CO2 emissions ECOnetic vehicle range was unveiled at this year's show, along with new Focus and Ranger model lines, a new-look SY Territory MkII range and a new Mondeo wagon variant. A...

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Lotus Omnivore Flex-Fuel Engine Concept Lotus Omnivore Flex-Fuel Engine Concept

Lotus reveals flex-fuel engine concept to maximise fuel efficiency when running on renewable fuels or gasoline. Lotus Engineering, the world-renowned automotive consultancy division of Lotus Cars Limited, unveils its latest research into engine efficiency at the 79th International Geneva Motor Show. The Omnivore engine concept has the potential to significantly increase fuel efficiency for sustainable alcohol based fuels, which increases the prospect of a greater amount of vehicle miles...

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Volvo Presents Seven New Cars with the Green DRIVe Badge Volvo Presents Seven New Cars with the Green DRIVe Badge

The DRIVe badge is attached to cars in the Volvo range that have the best environmental performance in their class. All today's DRIVe models are equipped with a conventional diesel engine and manual gearbox optimised for extra-low fuel consumption. These cars are also tailored specifically for low rolling resistance and reduced air drag. "Our dedicated focus on the DRIVe models in 2009 demonstrates Volvo Cars' ability to quickly respond to customers' increasing demands for products with...

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Ford's Transit Connect Delivers Impressive EPA Figures Ford's Transit Connect Delivers Impressive EPA Figures

Ford today confirmed EPA fuel economy for the 2010 Ford Transit Connect at 22 miles per gallon in city driving and 25 miles per gallon on the highway. "No other vehicle on the road in the U.S. today delivers the combination of fuel economy and useful space as the Ford Transit Connect," said Chief Nameplate Engineer, Rob Stevens. "It's a unique package, offering a 1,600 pound payload, 135 cubic feet of cargo space and superior fuel economy." To deliver a more fuel...

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GM Confirms Volt and Cruze Engine Built at Mich. Plant GM Confirms Volt and Cruze Engine Built at Mich. Plant

General Motors has confirmed today that it will still invest approximately $250 million to bring the 1.4-liter 4-cylinder Family 0 engine production to Flint, Mich. The engine capacity for the Chevy Volt and Cruze will be allocated to existing and available floor space in the company's Flint South engine plant located on Bristol Road. Preparations to the Flint South plant for installation of new machinery and equipment will begin this Spring. Production of the 1.4-liter engines is targeted...

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Volkswagen Passat Lingyu Fuel Cell Vehicles Arrive in USA Volkswagen Passat Lingyu Fuel Cell Vehicles Arrive in USA

Volkswagen Group of America announced today that 16 Passat Lingyu vehicles will participate in fleet demonstrations at the California Fuel Cell Partnership in Sacramento, Calif. These prototype vehicles were developed in China and debuted at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

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At the “Miniatur-Wunderland” in Hamburg, the world's largest H0-gauge model railway, a 1:87-scale Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell bus has recently started doing the rounds. The fully working model, which is sponsored by the Daimler AG Research unit, is just 14 cm long. A mini fuel cell burns hydrogen and oxygen to generate the power necessary to keep the mini electric motor on the bus running.

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Hypermiling iQ Breaks 500 Miles on One Tank of Fuel Hypermiling iQ Breaks 500 Miles on One Tank of Fuel

There is no questioning iQ’s status as one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market, but a new hypermiling challenge has seen the tiny Toyota perform way beyond its official mpg figures. Piloted by two of the team from the iQ blog, a standard iQ2 with a 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol engine, broke through 500 miles on a single tank of fuel. What makes the achievement all the more remarkable is that this was no finely tuned marathon attempt, but a gruelling drive through some of the most...

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Mitsubishi Announces First Electric Vehicle Study for Australia Mitsubishi Announces First Electric Vehicle Study for Australia

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has announced the first electric vehicle feasibility study for Australia with the arrival of the ground-breaking i MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle). The announcement was made yesterday by the chief executive officer and president of MMAL, Robert McEniry. “Given the current climate of concern regarding our environment, along with unstable petroleum prices, alternative fuel vehicles – and more specifically, electric vehicles or EVs –...

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BMW Named Greenest Premium Manufacturer BMW Named Greenest Premium Manufacturer

BMW has the lowest average CO2 emissions of any premium car manufacturer for the second year in a row according to new independent research. Courtesy of its award-winning EfficientDynamics programme, BMW records a UK fleet average of 159.4g/km based on all BMWs sold in 2008. By comparison the research by www.cleangreencars.co.uk found BMW’s premium rivals wanting when it came to cutting CO2 emissions. The volume weighted CO2 emissions figure for Audi is only 173g/km, while Mercedes-Benz...

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Toyota Introduces Certified Used Hybrid Program - (USA) Toyota Introduces Certified Used Hybrid Program - (USA)

In an effort to attract new buyers to the hybrid market, Toyota today launched the all-new Toyota Certified Used Hybrid (TCUH) program, an extension of the Toyota Certified Used Vehicles (TCUV) brand which provides added inspection and warranty coverage on certified used Toyota hybrids. "The program is a great way to increase awareness of certified used hybrid vehicles," said TCUV Marketing Manager, Steve Gallagher. "As more hybrids enter the used vehicle marketplace, Toyota...

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New Photovoltaic System for Ferrari New Photovoltaic System for Ferrari

The new photovoltaic system, installed on the roof of Ferrari’s Engine Mechanical Machining facility, was officially unveiled to the world today. The installation comes as part of Ferrari’s ongoing environmental sustainability and renewable resources investment programme. The photovoltaic panels will reduce the amount of power Ferrari takes from the national grid by over 210,000 kWh annually. The system is the work of EnerRay, a Maccaferri Group company.

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Jaguar Land Rover Unveils New Energy Efficient Academy Jaguar Land Rover Unveils New Energy Efficient Academy

Today, Jaguar Land Rover unveiled its new, environmentally advanced, Technical Academy for Jaguar and Land Rover dealer technicians and apprentices. The Academy, in Warwick, coordinates and conducts all product and systems training for technical staff (principal service technicians) employed in the Jaguar Cars and Land Rover UK and international dealer networks. In addition, it operates one of the largest and most successful apprentice programmes in the UK automotive retail sector. Over the...

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Detroit to offer $335m incentive to battery-makers Detroit to offer $335m incentive to battery-makers

The beleaguered Detroit economy received a welcome boost at the Detroit Show when Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm approved new legislation offering incentives to make batteries for electric cars in the state. Michigan will offer refundable tax credits worth up to $335 million to companies setting up R&D or manufacturing operations in Michigan to develop and build batteries for EVs and hybrids. Granholm said she wanted Michigan to become “the battery capital of the world” - a...

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The smart fortwo micro hybrid drive (mhd) is Australia’s greenest car. According to the Australian Federal Government’s Green Vehicle Guide, the smart fortwo cabrio mhd (micro hybrid drive) is rated as having the lowest greenhouse and air pollution emissions in Australia. The iconic two-seater earned a total score of 17 out of a possible 20 points for both its air pollution and greenhouse ratings. It was awarded a full five stars and the coveted first position in this important consumer...

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BYD Announces F3DM hybrid and e6 EV models for US in 2011 BYD Announces F3DM hybrid and e6 EV models for US in 2011

BYD Auto Company, one of China's top independent automobile manufacturers and a world leader in green technology, said it plans to enter the U.S. market in 2011 with a range of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. BYD's future lineup will include the F3DM, the world's first mass-produced plug-in hybrid sedan, and the battery-powered e6, a mid-size five-passenger crossover vehicle with a remarkable range of up to 250 miles on a single charge. Speaking from the floor of the North...

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Chevrolet Volt Battery to be Manufactured by LG Chem Chevrolet Volt Battery to be Manufactured by LG Chem

The Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle that delivers up to 40 miles of gasoline- and emissions-free electric driving, will use battery packs manufactured in the United States by General Motors, Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner announced at the North American International Auto Show. GM will establish the first lithium-ion battery pack manufacturing facility operated by a major automaker in the United States to produce the Volt's battery pack system. It consists of lithium-ion...

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Mercedes-Benz is showing the way ahead in environmentally responsible electromobility by presenting its near-series Concept BlueZERO at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Based on a single vehicle’s architecture, this intelligent, modular concept allows three models with different drive configurations, all of which are able to meet customer requirements in terms of sustainable mobility:

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Ford Motor Company today launched an aggressive plan to bring pure battery-electric vehicles, next-generation hybrids and a plug-in hybrid to market quickly and more affordably during the next four years. The plan, unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show, signals the next phase in Ford’s commitment to deliver the best or among the best fuel efficiency with every new vehicle it introduces and to make fuel efficiency solutions affordable for millions of customers. “Ford...

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2009 BMW 116d with 64mpg 2009 BMW 116d with 64mpg

BMW is pleased to announce the launch of the new 116d - the marque's most fuel efficient and least polluting vehicle. With a combined consumption figure of 64.2mpg and a CO2 emissions figure of 118g/km, the BMW 116d even trumps the current World Green Car of the Year, the BMW 118d.

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Toyota says it plans to launch an urban commuter battery electric vehicle by 2012 after taking the wraps off its Future Toyota Electric Vehicle (FT-EV) concept car at the North American International Auto Show. The decision to show the Toyota FT-EV in Detroit signals Toyota's intention to broaden the scope of its advanced alternative-fuel vehicle development. "Now, more than ever, while we are so focused on the pressing issues of the moment, we cannot lose sight of our...

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Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge Electric-Drive Vehicles Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge Electric-Drive Vehicles

Jeep® Patriot EV joins the growing portfolio of electric-drive vehicles being developed by Chrysler LLC. As a Range-extended Electric Vehicle, the Jeep Patriot EV combines the electric-drive components of an Electric Vehicle with a small gasoline engine and integrated electric generator to produce additional energy to power the electric-drive system when needed. This provides the positive attributes of an Electric Vehicle with the driving range equivalent to today’s gasoline-powered...

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With its rapidly growing portfolio of ENVI-powered electric vehicles, Chrysler LLC is inspiring a personal mobility revolution, creating a new generation of responsible, no-compromise Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® vehicles for consumers who care about the planet’s future and want to take care of it. Chrysler recently introduced three advanced electric-vehicle prototypes, while expressing its intention to broaden its all-electric and Range-extended Electric Vehicle portfolio across its vehicle...

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VACC VACC "Cars of the Future" Competition 2009

Target 2020, the VACC’s ‘Design the Car of the Future’ Competition, has attracted a record number of entries. VACC House was inundated with models, designs and essays before the deadline closed. “We are very pleased by the response and by the high standard of the entries. The innovative concepts, crafting and designs submitted are truly amazing,” VACC General Manager, Communications and Marketing, Tim O’Brien said.

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REVA announces lithium-ion electric car and charge station REVA announces lithium-ion electric car and charge station

Reva Electric Car Company (REVA), the market and technology-leader in the EV (electric vehicle) personal transport segment, announces the European launch of its lithium-ion (li-ion) battery powered EV the REVA L-ion. Based on the REVAi platform, the current version of the world’s best selling city electric car, the REVA L-ion is the result of more than two years of testing, with a range of 120 km (75 miles) per charge and a maximum speed of 80 km (50 miles) per hour. REVA is also introducing a...

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Honda's Hybrid Billboards Honda's Hybrid Billboards

Honda, the world leader in low emission, fuel efficient vehicles, has taken Hybrid technology to new heights… literally. In an Australian media first, massive billboards featuring the new Honda Accord Euro are illuminated by green solar power; with green energy electric backup. Just like a Hybrid. Outdoor advertising specialists, APN Outdoor have installed solar panels on several of the billboards around Australia.

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Honda's Hydrogen Car Now Leasing in Japan Honda's Hydrogen Car Now Leasing in Japan

Following its successful launch in the US, Honda has begun leasing the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell car in Japan, delivering the first vehicle to the Ministry of the Environment. While Honda plans to lease the FCX Clarity to government agencies and selected corporate entities, the roll out is part of the company’s broader commitment to lease the FCX Clarity to at least 200 customers in the United States and Japan over the next three years. Honda Australia’s Senior Director, Mr. Lindsay...

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TH!NK selects lightweight ARPRO for new City Car TH!NK selects lightweight ARPRO for new City Car

A lightweight, resilient and 100 percent recyclable expanded polypropylene has been selected by Nordic low emissions car manufacturer, TH!NK. Supplied by JSP, ARPRO is helping TH!NK to enhance its new city electric car’s ecological potential. “The door and instrument panel are critical structures that have to withstand multiple environmental tests, such as moisture, fire and harsh temperatures,” explains Paul Compton, JSP’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (Europe). “The...

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Ford Gear-Shift Indicator Helps Fuel Economy Ford Gear-Shift Indicator Helps Fuel Economy

The latest Ford ECOnetic and Transit models light the way towards improved fuel economy via a 'smart' gear change alert. The gear-shift indicator in the instrument cluster of Ford Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo ECOnetic and Transit diesels signals to drivers when to change gear at the optimum moment. Moving more swiftly through the gears reduces fuel consumption by avoiding unnecessarily high engine speed. The system not only helps drivers cut fuel costs, but also enables them to reduce CO2...

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Volvo Cars has chosen a four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol unit using highly-efficient Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection (GTDi) technology to feature in the Volvo S60 Concept. Volvo Cars' first production vehicle with GTDi technology will be introduced in 2009. Producing 134kW, the engine - in combination with a range of other technical measures - makes it possible to return an average fuel consumption rate of just 5.0l/100km and cut carbon dioxide emissions to 119 g/km. In a...

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Nissan to Showcase Green Technologies at Eco-Products 2008 Nissan to Showcase Green Technologies at Eco-Products 2008

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd will showcase its latest environmental technologies at Eco-Products 2008, the largest exhibition of environmentally friendly products and services in Japan, to be held from December 11 to 13, 2008 at the Tokyo Big Sight. Under the Nissan Green Program 2010, the company aims to be a leader in zero-emission vehicles and is committed to produce real-world solutions to reduce C02 emissions. At Eco-Products 2008, Nissan will showcase its zero-emission EV prototype, which is...

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GM Exploring a Recharging Infrastructure for Plug-in Electric Vehicles GM Exploring a Recharging Infrastructure for Plug-in Electric Vehicles

General Motors Europe and Iberdrola have signed an agreement to jointly perform a feasibility study which, ultimately, will analyse the technical requirements of a recharging infrastructure for the integrated marketing and viability of plug-in electric cars. The agreement has been signed by Javier Villalba, Director of Spain Network Business, and Jamal El-Hout, Vice President, Product Planning from General Motors Europe. This cooperation reflects the interest of both companies, worldwide...

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Ford Hits Vital CO2 Targets Ford Hits Vital CO2 Targets

Ford's latest C-MAX MPV delivers the lowest CO2 emissions in its segment. Engineering developments to Ford C-MAX 1.6 TDCi models have resulted in emissions of just 119g/km of CO2. As a result vehicle excise duty (VED) for these models reduces immediately from £120 to £35. There will be a further reduction to £30 from April 2009, when new VED bands come into force. The official European Drive Cycle combined fuel consumption figure for these models is improved to 62.8mpg*.

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The Volvo Group is initiating co-operation within the Swedish government’s logistics forum and with the authorities to realise the EU Commission’s concept regarding environmentally sound goods transport in ‘green corridors’. The goal is to reduce the impact on the environment while simultaneously increasing efficiency and safety on highways through specially adapted transport stretches for heavy traffic. The EU Commission estimates that goods transports in Europe will have increased by 50%...

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Mazda Motor Corporation will exhibit its latest eco-friendly technologies aimed to reduce CO2 emissions even further at the Eco-Products 2008 exhibition over the period December 11 -13, 2008. Taking place at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center, the exhibition is one of the largest environmental events in Japan. It is organized by the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI) and the Nikkei newspaper group. Mazda will display various eco-friendly technologies...

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New Radical Bus and Urban Freight System Concept New Radical Bus and Urban Freight System Concept

A multi disciplined design specialist has come up with a radical urban transport proposal, called On-Route, which he believes tackles the two biggest problems caused by city-centre transport today; congestion and pollution. Hugh Frost's Freight*BUSTM www.freight-bus.co.uk is an innovative new design that combines a passenger-carrying bus with that of freight haulage with the minimum of disruption to either service. It can be reconfigured in seconds by the conductor or driver to carry freight...

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MG Car Club Going Green MG Car Club Going Green

The M.G. Car Club of Victoria recognizes that it must be at the forefront of responsible recreational motoring and has recently established a carbon offset program. They believe that they are the first motoring club in Victoria, and perhaps Australia, to do this and expect that other car clubs will follow their lead. The M.G. Car Club is currently assessing the level of greenhouse gases that they will produce in the 2008 year of Club activity and have established a procedure for capturing...

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Peugeot’s Carbon Sink – 10 Years On Peugeot’s Carbon Sink – 10 Years On

When Peugeot decided to undertake a vast scientific and ecological sponsorship campaign by fully financing an innovative reforestation project with a view to carbon sequestration, over a period of 40 years in Amazonia, with the support of the French National Forestry Board (ONF) for implementation, it was the autumn of 1998, shortly after the signature of the Kyoto protocol. Shortly afterwards Peugeot and PSA Group introduced an engine representing a technological breakthrough, the Common...

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Honda Ecological Drive Assist System Honda Ecological Drive Assist System

Honda has announced a new Ecological Drive Assist System to help drivers achieve better fuel economy. The technology will feature on the new Insight family hybrid car, which goes on sale in spring 2009. It will be the world’s first system to combine three different functions to enhance fuel economy: an ECON Mode which controls engine, transmission and other powertrain components to support more fuel-efficient driving; a guidance function that helps drivers become more fuel efficient behind...

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Micro smart Generates Huge Improvements Micro smart Generates Huge Improvements

smart is set to clean up when it comes to environmental compatibility and driver enjoyment with the launch of a new model with micro hybrid drive (mhd) technology and enhanced equipment levels. From November, 61hp and 71hp versions of the iconic smart fortwo will feature micro hybrid drive as standard, which is an automatic start/stop start function helping to provide significant savings in terms of both fuel economy and emissions. The smart mhd models return fuel savings of up to 24 per...

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Volvo Announces Greenline Initiative Volvo Announces Greenline Initiative

To help keep Volvo servicing as environmentally friendly as possible, the Swedish vehicle manufacturer has introduced its Greenline range of renewed vehicle components which are procured by recycling components from scrapped Volvos. This latest green initiative reinforces Volvo’s Exchangeparts system, where used components such as engines, gearboxes and axles are collected from dealers and remanufactured to the same exacting standards as those leaving the production line. Components...

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2009 Peugeot 308 HDi gets 3.4 litres/100 km 2009 Peugeot 308 HDi gets 3.4 litres/100 km

A Peugeot 308 HDi has driven exactly 1689.7 km across South Africa on a single tank of diesel, achieving a fuel efficiency of only 3.4 litres /100 km. The car completed its “Coast2Coast” challenge by arriving in Umhlanga after setting off from the small town of Kleinzee on the Northern Cape coast. Peugeot devised the Coast2Coast Challenge to showcase the ultra-efficiency of the medium size hatchback, and highlight the need for motorists to drive fuel-efficiently in order to reduce their...

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Climate Protection and Safety is of High Importance Climate Protection and Safety is of High Importance

Mercedes-Benz will continue its comprehensive commitment to road safety and, at the same time, take further major strides forward in its quest to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions. These were just some of the key statements made by the Mercedes experts at a conference in Leipzig, signalling the start of a new safety initiative for 2009. The car is becoming part of the thinking process, with the capability to assist the driver in keeping with the current situation or act autonomously...

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Ford Introduces Information Cluster to Improve Fuel Economy Ford Introduces Information Cluster to Improve Fuel Economy

Pushing a vehicle to the limit takes on a new meaning in the new 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids, thanks to Ford’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide – an innovative new instrument cluster that provides real-time information to help drivers maximize fuel efficiency. “SmartGauge with EcoGuide gives the customer real-world feedback to make the most of their hybrids,” said Gil Portalatin, Hybrid Applications Manager. “Unique to Ford and Mercury hybrid sedans, this instrument cluster acts as a...

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Hyundai to Promote Asian Regional Environmental Standard Hyundai to Promote Asian Regional Environmental Standard

Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker, is joining hands with Korean, Japanese and Chinese car industries and authorities to promote the creation of Asian regional environmental standards. It is the first time Asian countries have gathered to respond to auto-related environmental issues with one voice. The first Asia Automotive Environmental Forum (AAEF) is being held in Seoul, South Korea. Over 150 government officials, academics and industry experts attended the forum,...

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Ford's New Investment to Produce Next Generation Low CO2 Engines Ford's New Investment to Produce Next Generation Low CO2 Engines

Ford is announcing a new investment programme at its high-tech Bridgend engine plant in Wales to produce next generation low CO2 1.6-litre, four-cylinder petrol engines. This latest investment totals £70 million for the plant, where this year employment rose to over 2,000 for the first time in its 28-year history. Investment at Bridgend has amounted to £315 million in the last five years alone. This additional investment increases the plant's production capability to almost 1,000,000...

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Roush Bi-Fuel Conversion Adds Hydrogen Fuel to ICE Technology Roush Bi-Fuel Conversion Adds Hydrogen Fuel to ICE Technology

Roush Technologies shows its latest bi-fuel Internal Combustion Engine conversion (H2ICE) technology at the Cenex hosted UK National Low Carbon Vehicle event at Millbrook Proving Ground tomorrow (28th October 2008). Roush has modified the engine of a Ford Transit-based vehicle to operate using compressed hydrogen gas fuel – but it can also operate from its existing petrol fuelled system without any adverse effects. The special demonstration vehicle is designed to show that hydrogen as a...

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Australian Electric Car Network Announced Australian Electric Car Network Announced

Australia will become the third country in the world, behind only Israel and Denmark, to have an electric car network in operation by the end of 2012. In a deal between international mobility operator Better Place (builders of the electric vehicle networks), AGL Energy (who will supply the energy from renewable sources) and Macquarie Capital, the aim is provide zero emission vehicles with energy charging spots in the major cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The charging spots will...

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Renault’s eco² credentials keep on growing with the success of the Clio Sport Tourer in Fleet World magazine’s MPG Marathon, having achieved a 27% improvement in its fuel economy during the two-day 411 miles event. The 2008 Fleet World MPG Marathon saw 39 vehicles, all eager to prove their ‘green’ capabilities, participate in a route which took the drivers in a round trip from Bristol to Macclesfield. Renault entered the Clio Sport Tourer dCi 86, a practical and stylish estate which...

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Volvo’s pioneering bioethanol-powered C30 ‘Green Racer’ will be putting in a guest appearance at this year’s MPH Show - the prestige and performance motor show featuring Top Gear Live. Fresh from its debut year in the 2008 Swedish Touring Car Championship, the E85-fuelled C30 FIA Super 2000 model will be displayed on the Volvo stand at the London and Birmingham events alongside the sleek C70 coupe convertible and the stunning new Volvo XC60 crossover. Visitors to the gallery will also be...

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