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ANALYSIS – SsangYong future models

21 March 2019 | Mike Vousden

We investigate SsangYong's future model strategy – under parent Mahindra & Mahindra, it's pushing to become a global competitor with its wide range of SUVs after years of being a niche player.

2019 Geneva motor show world debuts list

6 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Concepts, prototypes and production models which were world premieres at the 2019 Geneva motor show are discussed below.

Geely refutes FCA rumours - what now for Maserati?

20 February 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Those rumours about FCA wanting to transfer ownership of Maserati, along with perhaps Alfa Romeo to ZGH were quashed by the Chinese OEM a few weeks ago. We know the outline of what's ahead for Alfa but the trident logo brand also needs a reboot. It had a disappointing 2018 and, in common with other parts of the Fiat Chrysler empire, desperately needs new models. So what's on the way, and when?

Can an SUV be a true Ferrari?

19 February 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Louis Camilleri has a bigger job than most previous Ferrari bosses. Profits are sky high and must stay that way, yet the enormous costs of electrifying certain future models and replacing elderly existing cars plus adding an SUV must be met somehow. Which inevitably means creating more limited-build and obscenely lucrative hypercars such as the SP1 and SP2 without diluting the appeal of the Ferrari name itself.

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Real-world NOx emissions test leaves ‘dirty diesels’ nowhere to hide

8 April 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Today’s launch of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London is a welcome step on the road to cleaning up urban air quality but will not stop ‘dirty diesels’ from entering the capital despite controlling access based on emissions, says publishers of the AIR Index. The AIR (Allow Independent Road-testing) Index is an independent vehicle emissions rating for cars from A (the best) to E (the worst) that provides the on-road urban NOx emissions using the same independent test on every vehicle, to show the relative impact a specific vehicle has on air quality. However, AIR’s own testing has found that the Euro emissions standards bear little resemblance to what comes out of a car’s tailpipe in urban driving. There is huge variation in Euro 6 diesels, and although the latest are very clean there are still millions of dirty diesels on European roads that can emit in excess of Euro standards for urban NOx, yet still gain free access to ULEZ. The AIR Index is calling on policy makers in London and across Europe to make clean air zones more effective by tackling the issue of dirty Euro 6s – using ratings such as the AIR Index– to bring air quality into legal compliance as soon as possible. To learn more, we spoke to Nick Molden, co-founder of the AIR Index.

Prodrive’s solution to composite recycling

21 January 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Prodrive Composites has developed a process for manufacturing recyclable composite components that can satisfy future end-of-life requirements without compromising the performance of the original parts. To learn more, we caught up with John McQuilliam FIMMM, Chief Engineer at Prodrive Composites and board member of the British Composites Society.

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Entry-level Range Rover Evoque meets RDE2 standard

24 April 2019 | BusinessCar magazine

The entry-level diesel engine option with the new Range Rover Evoque meets the Real Driving Emissions 2 (RDE2) standard, it has been confirmed.

EV car-share schemes 'could help OEMs avoid EU CO2 fines'

18 April 2019 | Dave Leggett

New EV car-sharing schemes could offer carmakers a path to avoiding EU fines that will be levied on companies that fail to achieve tighter average CO2 emissions targets in 2021.

Carmakers may 'alter sales mix' in Europe ahead of 2021 - analyst

17 April 2019 | Dave Leggett

Carmakers in Europe may be tempted to alter the model mix of their vehicle sales in Europe in order to prepare for tougher average fleet CO2 targets that will apply in the EU from 2021.

Sono Sion solar car will be made at Saab plant

17 April 2019 | Glenn Brooks

German solar car start-up Sono Motors says it has agreed a deal with NEVS which will see its Sion car manufactured in Sweden at the former Saab factory in Trollhättan.

Former VW CEO charged with four others over 'dieselgate'

15 April 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Has the other shoe finally dropped? Following the recent European Commission accusation against BMW, Daimler and VW of breaching EU antitrust rules from 2006 to 2014 by colluding to restrict competition on the development of petrol and diesel emissions control technology for passenger cars, came news today former Volkswagen AG chief Martin Winterkorn has been charged with serious fraud alongside four other managers in Germany for their role in the diesel emissions-rigging scandal that so far has cost the automaker about EUR29bn (US$33bn).

just-auto Plus only Bridgestone progressing towards sustainable procurement practices

12 April 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Bridgestone Group, the world's largest tyre and rubber company, announced steady progress in implementing its Global Sustainable Procurement Policy - which aims to create thriving and...

just-auto Plus only SEAT promotes Life Methamorphosis project

10 April 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

SEAT promotes Life Methamorphosis project to achieve biomethane from organic waste, turning it into renewable gas. We all know that there are vehicles powered with petrol,...

FCA and Tesla to 'pool' ahead of tough EU CO2 emission rules

8 April 2019 | Dave Leggett

As average vehicle CO2 emissions in Europe trend upwards, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and Tesla are among vehicle carmakers looking to form 'pools' that can help avoid large fines under new tighter EU CO2 emission rules that come into force in 2021.

EU accuses BMW, Daimler and VW over emissions technology

5 April 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The European Commission has accused BMW, Daimler and VW of breaching EU antitrust rules from 2006 to 2014 by colluding to restrict competition on the development of petrol and diesel emissions control technology for passenger cars.

just-auto Plus only Scania to deliver 100 LNG trucks to KP Logistik in Stavenhagen

3 April 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

In its largest single order to date, Scania will deliver 100 liquified gas trucks to KP Logistik, based in Stavenhagen, Germany. The Scania R 410 tractor units will be evenly split between KP...

Jaguar Land Rover develops aluminium recycling initiative

2 April 2019 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) says it is developing the next phase of its aluminium closed loop strategy and aims to recover aluminium from existing JLR vehicles and reform it into a new high-grade aluminium to create new vehicles.

just-auto Plus only VW Group surpasses 300,000 old diesel vehicle exchanges in Germany

29 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Volkswagen Group can give a positive interim report on its exchange incentives for diesel vehicles. Since August 2017, more than 300,000 old diesel vehicles to exhaust emissions standards Euro...

Renault pilots 'large scale' vehicle-to-grid charging in EVs

22 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Renault says it is beginning the first large-scale pilot schemes in alternating-current, vehicle-to-grid charging in electric vehicles.

FCA recalls 965,000 petrol vehicles for catalyst swap

14 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

It's not just Volkswagen Group or Jaguar Land Rover getting caught with embarrassing excess emissions - now comes news Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will recall about 965,000 petrol vehicles in the US and Canada which do not meet emissions standards.

Jaguar Land Rover recalling 44,000 cars for CO2 emissions fix

13 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover is to recall about 44,000 cars built between 2016 and 2019, for excessive carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to a consumer group.

South Korea deregulates LPG car segment

13 March 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

South Korea enacted legislation this week which allows private motorists to buy vehicles powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), in response to rising environmental concerns in the country.

Europe eyes EUR1bn emissions fines for three automakers

8 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

European antitrust authorities plan to fine Daimler, BMW and VW up to EUR1bn each for colluding on reducing the effectiveness of exhaust filtering systems, Reuters reported, citing German weekly Der Spiegel.

DoE awards Achates Power US$2m funding

8 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Achates Power has been awarded US$2m million in funding from the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for the development of a Highly-efficient Opposed-Piston Engine (HOPE) for Hybrid Vehicles.

just-auto Plus only Honda ranks first in US EPA’s fuel efficient trend report

8 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Honda ranks as the most fuel-efficient automaker in America in a new report from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Honda has the highest fleet average fuel economy and lowest CO2...

just-auto Plus only Audi to recycle lithium-ion EV batteries

7 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

A second life for batteries from electric cars: Audi is testing factory vehicles powered by used lithium-ion batteries at its main plant in Ingolstadt. Like all automobile manufacturers, Audi is...

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