Europe adds autos to offer on tariffs

August 30, 2018 18:30 CET

The European Union’s top trade official said the bloc is willing to include cars among U.S. industrial goods that could be imported duty free.

“We are willing to bring down even our car tariffs to zero, all tariffs to zero, if the U.S. does the same,” Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told European Parliament lawmakers on Thursday at a committee meeting in Brussels.

Autos were previously excluded from the discussions that focused on manufactured products Continue reading “Europe adds autos to offer on tariffs”

Trump: EU offer to drop auto tariffs is ‘not good enough’

August 30, 2018 23:04 CET

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump rejected a European Union offer to scrap tariffs on cars, likening the bloc’s trade policies to those of China.

“It’s not good enough,” Trump said of the offer from Brussels during an Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News. “Their consumer habits are to buy their cars, not to buy our cars.”

Trump’s comments come just hours after Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told European Parliament lawmakers that the EU Continue reading “Trump: EU offer to drop auto tariffs is ‘not good enough’”

Dyson moves ahead on EV plan with test center

August 30, 2018 09:35 CET

LONDON — Dyson, best known for its vacuum cleaners and hand dryers, is charging ahead with a 2-billion-pound ($2.6 billion) push to start building electric cars, unveiling plans to turn a former airfield into a vehicle-testing site.

The technology center at the former Hullavington Airfield in England will bring the British manufacturer’s investment to 200 million pounds to create engineering work spaces and over 10 miles (17 km) of test tracks, the Continue reading “Dyson moves ahead on EV plan with test center”

Chery will launch electrified SUV in Europe no sooner than 2020, report says

August 30, 2018 18:19 CET

FRANKFURT — Chinese automaker Chery Automobile will launch an electrified SUV in Europe no sooner than 2020, its CEO was quoted as saying by a German newspaper.

Chery debuted the Exeed TX compact SUV at the Frankfurt auto show in September, saying it would be offered with three electrified powertrains — hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric.

Germany could be one of the first countries where the car will be sold, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Continue reading “Chery will launch electrified SUV in Europe no sooner than 2020, report says”

Half of VW models in Germany are not compliant with new pollution standard

August 30, 2018 15:29 CET

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group said only half of its core VW models in Germany are compliant with a new, much tougher emissions testing regime.

Cars in the European Union must comply with the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) starting September, but Volkswagen has only gained regulatory clearance for seven of its 14 main model lines.

“The new tests are more cumbersome and take two to three times longer than in the past. Even Continue reading “Half of VW models in Germany are not compliant with new pollution standard”

VW diesel settlement, California clean air, and fuel economy demands: Today’s Car News

Byton M-Byte electric SUV prototype

California clean air regulators held a reportedly contentious meeting with Trump administration officials over the proposal to roll back fuel economy standards. A wide survey of Americans told researchers that they’re dissatisfied with the fuel economy their cars get now, implying they might want cars to improve. A new report links California’s economic growth to its efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, owners of 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Continue reading “VW diesel settlement, California clean air, and fuel economy demands: Today’s Car News”

California meets with federal regulators over fuel-economy rollback

Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]

Trump administration officials met with California regulators Wednesday to discuss the EPA and NHTSA’s proposal to freeze fuel economy and emissions standards from 2020 through 2026.

The proposal would rescind scheduled increases planned under the Obama administration, which would have raised vehicles’ average fuel economy to about 39 mpg based on real-world EPA fuel economy stickers. Continue reading “California meets with federal regulators over fuel-economy rollback”

Final deadline for VW TDI diesel settlement

Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs

Two more days. That’s all the time owners of 2.0-liter diesel VWs have to file claims to receive a large financial settlement and to have their cars repaired to meet emissions standards.

TDI owners have had plenty of notice to file paperwork to receive a financial settlement to replace or fix their cars, yet the latest report from the class action claims administrator shows that almost 10 Continue reading “Final deadline for VW TDI diesel settlement”

Americans still want better fuel economy, survey says

2017 Ford Focus Electric window sticker showing 115-mile range rating

Just as the Trump administration moves to roll back fuel economy standards, a new survey shows that Americans are dissatisfied with the fuel economy their cars already get.

The American Customer Satisfaction Index survey for cars was released Tuesday, and among the 10 attributes the survey studied, fuel economy ranked last among factors Americans’ found satisfying about their cars. 

Not only that, but people’s Continue reading “Americans still want better fuel economy, survey says”

California report links emissions reductions to economic growth

Tesla Powerpacks

A new report on pollution, economic growth, and renewable energy in California sheds new light on the link between emissions regulations and economic growth ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco next month.

The report released Thursday shows that even as the state implemented stricter emissions standards than other states and most countries, its economy continued to grow faster.

The report, the 10th edition of the California Green Innovation Index, Continue reading “California report links emissions reductions to economic growth”