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September 28, 2014
EU warns Germany as car coolant row heats up
Brussels (AFP) Sept 25, 2014
The EU warned Germany Thursday it risks court action for breaching environment rules unless it forces luxury automaker Daimler to use a new air-conditioning coolant deemed less likely to cause climate change. The warning is the latest salvo in a row that has seen Daimler claim the new refrigerant is too flammable, and has caused tensions with France which briefly banned some Mercedes cars that used the substance. The European Commission, the powerful executive branch of the 28-member EU, said Ge ... read more

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GM expects record 2014 sales in China: executive
US auto giant General Motors (GM) expects to sell a record number of cars in China - its biggest market - this year, an executive said Wednesday, despite an investigation of the sector over pricing policies. ... more
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Swedish carmaker Saab to lay off one third of staff
Swedish auto maker Saab, which is trying to resolve serious financial difficulties by attracting new investors, said Wednesday it was cutting 200 jobs, more than one third of its workforce. ... more
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BYU electric car sets new E1 land speed record at 204 mph
An ultralight electric car - an E1 streamliner called Electric Blue - just set a new land speed record for vehicles in its class, averaging 204.9 mph during two qualifying runs this month on the Bonneville Salt Flats of northwestern Utah. ... more
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Nissan to make luxury cars in new China joint venture
Japanese carmaker Nissan said Monday that it has formed a new joint venture with its Chinese partner Dongfeng to produce Infiniti luxury cars in the world's largest auto market. ... more
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Automaker gets first permit in the Golden State
On Tuesday, Audi got the first permit issued by California to test self-driving cars. ... more
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Strati 3D-printed electric car unveiled at expo in Chicago
A world record was broken at the International Manufacturing Technology Show, held in Chicago last week. For the first time ever, a car was made using a 3D printer. ... more
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Tycoon Branson backs ride-sharing service Sidecar
San Francisco-based ride-sharing service Sidecar on Monday announced a $15 million funding round that included backing by British tycoon Richard Branson. ... more
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150-car pile-up kills two in Netherlands
Two people died on Tuesday when around 150 vehicles smashed into each other in pile-ups caused by heavy fog on a busy Dutch highway during rush hour, rescue officials said. ... more
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Toshiba Provides Rapid Recharge SCiBT Batteries for Proterra Bus Fleet
Toshiba has announced that it has been selected as the battery supplier for the next generation, all-electric, zero-emission bus from Proterra Inc., the leading electric vehicle (EV) transit bus man ... more
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China fines Volkswagen affiliate $40.5 mn for price-fixing
An affiliate of German carmaker Volkswagen has been fined more than $40.5 million for price-fixing in China, authorities said Thursday, the latest company to be punished under a sweeping anti-monopoly crackdown. ... more
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Electric supercar race ends in a serious crash
An electric supercar flipped and flew through the air at Beijing's FIA Formula E Championship on Saturday. ... more
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Moscow Plans to Install 150 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
150 electric car charging stations are expected to be installed in Moscow by the end of the year, the Department of Transport reports. "Over the next years we have to create full infrastructur ... more
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Carnegie Mellon's smart headlights spare the eyes of oncoming drivers
A smart headlight developed at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute enables drivers to take full advantage of their high beams without fear of blinding oncoming drivers or suffering from ... more
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Tesla chief says self-driving cars just around corner
US electric car maker Tesla is developing technology that could see vehicles run on "full auto pilot" in as little as five or six years, according to its chief executive Elon Musk. ... more
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Director sees road movie a fit for car culture-gripped China
Director Ning Hao has embraced the road movie genre, saying at the premiere of his "Breakup Buddies" at the Toronto film festival Sunday that it is a natural fit for recently car culture-gripped China. ... more
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Ride-sharing could cut cabs' road time by 30 percent
Cellphone apps that find users car rides in real time are exploding in popularity: The car-service company Uber was recently valued at $18 billion, and even as it faces legal wrangles, a number of c ... more
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IS jihadists close in on key Syria border town

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Sweden court accepts receivership for Saab carmaker
A Chinese-owned company set up to take over Saab's assets after the troubled Swedish carmaker's bankruptcy said on Friday it had succeeded in being placed in receivership. ... more
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France's Peugeot gets approval for China plant: report
French auto maker PSA Peugeot Citroen's fourth plant in China has been approved for the southwestern city of Chengdu by local authorities, the official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday. ... more
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China fines Japanese auto parts firms $200 mn for monopoly
China has fined 10 Japanese auto parts firms more than $200 million in total for price-fixing, authorities said Wednesday, reportedly the biggest-ever such penalties, in the latest step of the country's anti-monopoly drive. ... more
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Uber pulls into mobile dining and travel apps
Uber teamed up with dining and travel smartphone applications Wednesday as the controversial Internet-age car-hailing service moved to park itself at the heart of mobile lifestyles. ... more
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How fast you drive might reveal where you are going
In our constantly connected, information-rich society, some drivers are jumping at the chance to let auto insurance companies monitor their driving habits in return for a handsome discount on their ... more
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EV consumers better off with a range under 100 miles
Until battery cost is cut down to $100 per kilowatt hour, the majority of U.S. consumers for battery electric vehicles (BEV) will be better off by choosing an electric vehicle with a range below 100 ... more
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Mercedes-Benz accused of 'price-fixing': China media
China has accused Mercedes-Benz, a unit of German car giant Daimler, of price-fixing, state media reported, amid an anti-monopoly investigation into foreign carmakers. ... more
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Obama strategist jumps aboard controversial Uber app
A political strategist who ran US President Barack Obama's winning campaign in 2008 has hopped on board at controversial smartphone car-hailing service Uber. ... more
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