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Don't call our range extender a PHEV - the week

21 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Another note to self this week: don't automatically assume a range extender is also a PHEV - certainly the maker of a clever van spin-off of London's latest taxi didn't want it called that. With British cities increasingly bringing in clean air zones, this new van can do 80 miles on 'lecky alone but, if it's anything like the taxi on which it's based, it'll be expensive.

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?

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Powering low carbon tech - Q&A with APC

13 May 2019 | Matthew Beecham

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) was set up six years ago in Coventry, the once centrepiece of the British car industry. It channels investment from government and industry to accelerate the development of greener technologies for engines. Its funded projects go beyond automotive too. We spoke to Jon Beasley, APC's director of technology and projects, to find out what has been achieved to date.

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.

Latest news

just-auto Plus only Skoda Auto posts 2017/2018 sustainability report

12 July 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

The latest Skoda Auto sustainability report presents a detailed overview of the company’s sustainability-related activities over the past two years. By successfully implementing its...

Mercedes diesel scores same 'clean air' points as electrics

11 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Green NCAP, the consumer programme for greener cars, said the Mercedes C220d 4Matic (4WD) scored maximum points for the clean air index, the same as electric vehicles, in its second round of results announced on 11 July.

UK gov announces EV charging infrastructure investment

9 July 2019 | BusinessCar magazine

The UK government has announced it is investing GBP37 million in UK electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

just-auto Plus only Solvay’s newest silica for car tyres boosts fuel efficiency

5 July 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Solvay’s new grade of silica directly contributes to reducing CO2 emissions from cars. And by improving the lifespan of tyres, it also reduces resource consumption and pollution.

just-auto Plus only Constellium posts 2018 sustainability report

2 July 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Constellium released its 2018 Business and Sustainability Report, reflecting the company’s continuing commitment to sustainability. “Constellium has made great progress...

VW Group commits suppliers to sustainability

1 July 2019 | Dave Leggett

A new Volkswagen Group sustainability ranking for its suppliers comes into effect today (1st July 2019).

Ford turns 650m plastic bottles into EcoSport carpet

19 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford fits Romanian built EcoSport SUVs with carpets made using 470 single-use plastic drink bottles and, since model launch globally in 2012, has provided a new lease of life for 650m 500ml bottles, weighing an estimated 8,262 tonnes.

just-auto Plus only New Mercedes-Benz passenger cars comply with Euro 6d-Temp standard

12 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Significantly reduced NOx emissions is a characteristic feature of vehicles which are certified according to the Euro 6d-Temp standard. All Mercedes-Benz passenger cars that can be ordered in the...

just-auto Plus only Continental eHorizon saves one billion litres of fuel since launch

7 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Since 2012, trucks equipped with the static eHorizon from the technology company Continental have saved over one billion litres of diesel – or the equivalent of nearly three million tons of...

just-auto Plus only SEAT reduces environmental impact of its Martorell factory

6 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

The fight against climate change is a global movement with contributions also being made by car factories. For example, SEAT has reduced the environmental impact of its Martorell factory by 34%...

UK commits to 95g CO2 target post-Brexit - SMMT

5 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

UK trade body, SMMT says Britain has committed to retaining the European Commission (EC) CO2 reduction guidelines once the country leaves the European Union (EU).

UK truck NOx drops 50% in five years

31 May 2019 | Simon Warburton

NOx emissions from UK lorries have halved in five years, according to new government statistics.

Maruti Suzuki breaks ground for solar power plant

30 May 2019 | Simon Warburton

Maruti Suzuki India has laid the foundation stone for a 5MW solar power plant at the Gurugram facility with the site expected to be commissioned in 2019-20.

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors and Prisma Renewable Composites collaborate

22 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

An automotive interiors specialist is to collaborate with a materials supplier to replace the use of petrochemicals with natural polymers.

just-auto Plus only Vauxhall current van fleet eligible for London’s scrappage scheme

22 May 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Following the recent introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London, Vauxhall is encouraging micro businesses to take advantage of Transport for London’s (TfL) new scrappage...

Delphi develops 500+ bar GDi system which reduces particulates by up to 50%

21 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

In a paper presented at the 2019 Vienna Motor Symposium, Delphi Technologies has revealed a new 500+ bar GDi system that it claims can reduce particulate emissions by up to 50% compared to state-of-the-art 350 bar system without expensive engine design modifications.

SEAT aims for 60% production waste reduction by 2025

17 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

SEAT has announced that it is focusing its environmental improvement actions this year on reducing waste. Over the past eight years, SEAT has managed to generate 34% less waste in its facilities, and in the next few months is going to implement measures designed to reduce production waste by up to 60% in the next six years.

JAC investigated for emissions cover-up

14 May 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Chinese automaker JAC Motors is being investigated for allegedly covering up emissions data, with a court hearing set for Thursday 16th May, according to local reports in China.

Daimler aims for carbon-free cars in 20 years

13 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars wants to have a carbon-neutral new passenger car fleet within two decades and also aims to have plug-in hybrids or all-electric vehicles account for over half its car sales by 2030.

just-auto Plus only Honda Transmission of America plant earns EPA Energy Star certification

10 May 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

In 2014, the facility in Russells Point, Ohio became the first major automotive manufacturing plant in the US to derive a substantial amount of its electricity directly from wind turbines located...

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