Environment: Latest news and analysis articles


Latest insights


ANALYSIS - multiple new future Cadillac SUVs

29 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Cadillac cars and light trucks are the focus of the third feature in the series concerning the current and future vehicles of General Motors. This follows features on Baojun, Wuling, and Buick.


New G01 BMW X3 outgrows the Audi Q5

26 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

BMW has revealed the new X3 to the media at an event in South Carolina. The G01 series version of this Spartanburg-made SUV is not only 61mm longer than the F25 X3 which it replaces but is also larger than the rival Audi Q5.


Air quality debate needs to move on from diesel

22 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The debate on air quality in cities has become unhelpfully fixated on diesel cars that are a small part of the overall problem, according to Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover UK.


How Buick could push Toyota out of China's top 3

21 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Buick cars and light trucks are the focus of the second feature in the series concerning the current and future vehicles of General Motors.


Latest interviews


Why hydrogen is coming, according to Kia

3 December 2015 | Roger Stansfield

"In future, all energy will come as electricity." Those words are not from some environmental activist or soundbite politician, but from a senior figure within the auto industry, which perhaps makes them all the more surprising.


Q&A: Kia MD sees 100,000 sales in UK

23 July 2015 | Glenn Brooks

There years ago this month Paul Philpott became the managing director of Kia Motors for the UK and Ireland. This followed a stint at Kia Motors Europe (KME) in Frankfurt and prior to that, senior roles at Ford of Britain and Toyota GB.

Latest news


Audi to modify 850,000 diesel vehicles

24 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Following last week's announcement Daimler would spend EUR220m updating 3m Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe in what it terms "voluntary service actions", VW Group's Audi said it was offering customers in Europe and other markets a retrofit programme for 850,000 cars with EU5 and EU6 diesel engines.


Brazil's ethanol producers, automakers, sign deal

21 July 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil is in a privileged position for electricity generation and land vehicle fuel production thanks to its ethanol infrastructure. While countries in the so-called 'developed world' need expensive and hard-to-implement solutions to reduce CO2 emission, with projects sometimes taking decades to deliver tangible results, this country can count on biofuels now.


IAA world debuts - Kia Sorento facelift

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Kia Motors has just revealed a mid-life facelift for the Sorento SUV in the South Korean market. Its motor show debut will take place at the Frankfurt IAA.


Charging provider opens EV experience centre

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Claimed as the UK's first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom, the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre, operated by charge point operator Chargemaster, opens in the Centre:MK shopping centre in Milton Keynes on 22 July.


Daimler to 'recall' 3m diesel cars in Europe

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler is to spend EUR220m updating 3m Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe in what it terms "voluntary service actions". It also plans to speed up the launch of a new line of diesel engines for its passenger models.


Porsche CEO hints at dumping diesel

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Soon after news the Stuttgart prosecutor's office was eyeing workers at Porsche and a US subsidiary for suspected fraud and false advertising related to diesel emissions, the automaker's CEO said it might eventually axe diesel engines.


Sanden starts Daimler CO2 compressor supply

11 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Sanden Automotive Components has started the supply of compressors for air conditioning applying CO2 refrigerant to Daimler.


Stuttgart prosecutors eye Porsche over diesel

10 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Workers at Porsche and a US subsidiary company are being investigated for suspected fraud and false advertising related to diesel emissions, the Stuttgart prosecutor's office was reported to have said.


Audi employee arrested in Germany over diesel

7 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Munich prosecutors arrested an Audi employee this week on suspicion of fraud and false advertising in connection with the diesel emissions scandal.


Cars "not devil" says CLEPA stressing mobility

5 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

European suppliers association, CLEPA insists cars are not "the devil," but concedes a debate needs to be had about mobility in general as new powertrain possibilities increasingly offer cleaner solutions to a growing global population.


Rising anti-diesel attitudes favour EVs - Nissan

5 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ponz Pandikuthira, Nissan Europe's VP for Product Portfolio and Advanced Product Strategy, has said that the poor reputation of diesel is among the factors at work that will help to boost electric vehicle sales in Europe over the next five years.


Faurecia expands its clean mobility partnership

5 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

Faurecia has signed a joint venture agreement for its Clean Mobility (emissions control) business with Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group in Wuhan.


UK business fleet leasing rises, CO2 falls

4 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The total business fleet leasing market for cars and vans in the UK grew 6.5% year on year to 1.345m, according to the BVRLA’s latest quarterly leasing survey.


Aston Martin delays electric RapidE until 2019

27 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Aston Martin is to build 155 units of the RapidE, a plug-in version of the now seven-year old Rapide hatchback. The firm will work with Williams Advanced Engineering to bring the car to production in 2019.


Five Volkswagen I.D. electric cars coming - report

23 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A Dutch website has published what appears to be a Volkswagen presentation which details plans for the I.D. range of electric cars. According to a slide, there will be five EVs for various regions between 2019 and 2022.


UK automotive achieves record turnover GBP77.5bn

20 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The UK automotive industry continued to advance its sustainability in 2016, making gains in productivity, economic contribution and environmental impact, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).


US eyed FCA diesels since 2015 - report

19 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

US regulators told Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in November 2015 they suspected some of the automaker's vehicles were equipped with secret software allowing them to violate emission control standards, according to a news agency report citing recently released emails.


Extended warranty, no compo for Europe VW diesels

15 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has agreed to offer an extra two year guarantee to European owners of its diesel cars but no compensation in talks with Europe's consumer affairs chief over its cheating on emissions tests, a European Commission spokesman has said.


Daimler JV opens two new hydrogen stations

15 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The joint venture H2 Mobility Deutschland and partners Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde and Shell have officially opened two new hydrogen refuelling stations in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden.


BYD to sell 36 more electric buses to London

15 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The BYD ADL electric bus partnership has been selected as preferred bidder by RATP Dev London for the latter's order of 36 10.8m pure electric buses.



Forgot your password?