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European Auto Industry Asks For Higher Carbon Emission Limits

European Auto Industry Asks For Higher Carbon Emission Limits

In the interest of reducing carbon emissions to reduce climate change, regulators around the world are forcing carmakers to boost the fuel efficiency of their upcoming products--substantially. This requires investments in new technologies and production of more efficient models at a more rapid pace... read more

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2015 Nissan Pulsar

New Nissan Pulsar Compact Hatch Rivals VW Golf, But No U.S. Sales Planned

Back in the 1980s, Nissan attached the name Pulsar NX to an unusual compact coupe that could be converted into a hatchback with removable panels. Now, Nissan is using the... read more September 22, 2014 by 


 
Calle de Alcalá in Madrid, Spain (photo by Antonio García Rodríguez)

Gas-Guzzlers Now Pay More To Park In Madrid

European cities aren't always that easy to navigate when you're in a car. They twist and turn through narrow, busy streets constrained by the topography and architecture... read more July 6, 2014 by 


 
2013 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion (European model), 2012 Paris Motor Show

Will European Fuel-Efficiency Tests Get More Realistic Under New Rules?

When we report on European market cars, we'll often advise you to take their official fuel consumption ratings with a pinch of salt. The current New European Drive Cycle... read more July 1, 2014 by 


 
Fuel gauge

Why European Gas-Mileage Ratings Are So High--And Often Wrong

We're often asked why cars sold in Europe seem to be so much more efficient than those on sale in the U.S. Typically, it's accompanied by the mention of some supposedly... read more May 5, 2014 by 


 
Volkswagen e-Up electric car with Douglas C54 transport plane at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport

Volkswagen e-Up: Driving VW's Smallest Electric Car (Forbidden Fruit)

Of the three plug-in VW cars we drove in Berlin this month, the one we liked best is the one we won't get in North America. The Volkswagen e-Up battery-electric minicar is a... read more March 28, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Tesla Announces European Expansion Plans At Geneva Show

Selling cars is one thing, but taking care of your new customers is another. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Tesla Motors revealed the next phase of its European expansion... read more March 5, 2014 by 


 
2013 Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe [UK specification]

Will Honda Insight, CR-Z Hybrids Be Pulled From U.S. Sale Too?

Sometimes--to quote a famous frog--it's not easy being green. Automotive News Europe (sub. required) reports that Honda will end European sales of the CR-Z and Insight... read more February 22, 2014 by 


 
Volkswagen Tiguan TDI (European model), Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2013

Volkswagen Tiguan TDI: Forbidden Fruit Drive Report

It seems to be the season for diesel compact crossovers. Since September, we've driven the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC and the new 2014 Audi Q5 TDI. Now we've added... read more December 18, 2013 by 


 
2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Why German Elections Affect Your Next Audi, BMW, Or Mercedes

The results of German national elections don't get much news coverage in the U.S. But the re-election of Angela Merkel as chancellor on September 22 could prove to have an... read more October 3, 2013 by 


 
Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars

Europe's First Six Tesla Superchargers Now Live In Norway

The first Tesla Supercharger fast-charging stations are now up and running in Europe's capital for electric cars, Norway. Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] announced via its Twitter... read more August 31, 2013 by 


 
2013 Toyota Prius

Toyota Sells 23 Hybrids Globally; How Many Can You Name?

By this point, pretty much everyone can identify a Toyota Prius by its shape, and knows that it's a hybrid-electric vehicle. And most people know that Toyota sells many more... read more August 30, 2013 by 


 
P-Mob solar electric car (Video screen shot)

Electric Car Prototype Can Run 12 Miles On Solar Power Alone

Due to the very specific processes by which the universe works, it isn't really possible to power a modern electric car via on-board solar panels. Current photovoltaic cells... read more August 14, 2013 by  24


 
Smart eBike electric bicycle

Are Electric Bicycles Catching Cars As Europe's Favored Transport?

It shouldn't come as a surprise to discover that there are more bicycles around than there are cars. They're vastly cheaper for a start, and require no pesky tax, parking... read more July 12, 2013 by  6


 
ABB Group's 'Fastned' fast charging stations

Holland To Have World's Largest Electric-Car Fast-Charging Network

With the rate at which automakers are releasing new plug-in vehicles, the "chicken and egg" issue of whether cars or public charging points or the cars should debut first is... read more July 10, 2013 by  13


 
WAVE 2013 electric vehicle parade (Images: WAVE Facebook group)

'World Record Drive' Around EU Draws 388 Electric Cars

What do you call 388 electric cars and bikes driving from Vienna in Austria to Geneva in Switzerland? Answer: A world record. No, it's not funny, but then it wasn't a joke... read more July 9, 2013 by  1


 
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