Toyota 4WD, ute customers to foot the bill for fines under new Australian emissions targets

Buyers of Toyota utes and 4WDs may be stung for choosing an inefficient vehicle next year – and pay most or all of the fines the car giant could receive for not meeting proposed Australian new-car emissions targets. View 12 images Toyota Australia says customers – not head office – will pay the bill for hefty … Read more

German authorities find emissions cheat device on older BMW X3 models

Thousands of diesel-powered BMW X3 SUVs in Europe have been found to use software which deactivates the emissions system, in a similar case to Volkswagen’s ‘Dieselgate’ scandal. View 5 images Germany’s federal transport watchdog claims it has discovered an emissions cheat device on diesel BMW X3 SUVs built between 2010 and 2014. In a statement published … Read more

US to pull back emissions laws and electric car targets

While a revised target is yet to be confirmed, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (AAI) – which includes General Motors (GM), Ford, Stellantis and Toyota – said a target of 40 to 50 per cent zero emissions sales by 2030 was more realistic, with the original 60 per cent goal “neither reasonable nor achievable.” Source … Read more

Car industry body accused of “misleading” on cost of new-car emissions targets to buyers

The organisation representing new-car makers in Australia has come under fire for “now discredited” claims some models could become up to $13,000 more expensive next year under the government’s new vehicle emissions standards. View 7 images The peak body for car manufacturers in Australia has been accused by electric-car lobbyists of making “misleading” and “now discredited” … Read more

Real-world emissions testing exposes Australia’s cheapest car

The second lot of fuel consumption and emissions testing performed on Australian roads has confirmed many of the vehicles on sale today cannot meet their laboratory test results when driven in the real world. The latest results from the Real-World Testing Program – which assesses fuel consumption and emissions levels from cars driving on the … Read more

VW, Skoda, Audi join others in support of Australian new-car emissions targets

European brands Volkswagen, Skoda, Audi and Cupra – managed under one roof in Australia – are the latest car makers to support proposed Australian new-car emissions rules, with caveats. View 6 images The factory-backed distributor of Volkswagen, Skoda, Audi and Cupra cars in Australia has expressed its support for the Federal Government’s proposed emissions targets for … Read more

Second class-action against Mercedes-Benz over alleged emissions cheating – report

Mercedes-Benz is at the centre of a second class-action lawsuit over alleged emissions fraud – though it’s not clear whether the lawsuit will be allowed to continue. View 2 images 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL 500 BlueEfficiency Review More than a year after a class-action lawsuit was filed against Mercedes-Benz over alleged diesel emissions cheating, a second class-action … Read more

Tesla, BYD, Polestar the biggest winners under Australia’s new-car emissions targets

Electric-vehicle makers may soon be able to reap big profits selling emissions ‘credits’ to other manufacturers which don’t meet tough new-car pollution standards due in Australia next year. View 5 images The balance sheets of car manufacturers which exclusively sell electric vehicles are poised to be the biggest winners of upcoming emissions targets for new cars … Read more

New-vehicle emissions reduction targets announced for Australia next year

Strict proposed emissions targets for new vehicles due next year – intended to catch Australia up with the US – are set to force manufacturers to sell more electric and hybrid cars to offset high-pollution utes and 4WDs. View 11 images The Federal Government has proposed tough emissions standards for new passenger and light-commercial vehicles aimed … Read more

Europe’s vehicle emissions haven’t changed in more than a decade, say officials

Despite the increase in electric vehicles, officials say vehicle carbon emissions have failed to drop in Europe, thanks to more powerful – and heavier – new cars. View 3 images A new report from the European Union has revealed CO2 emissions from vehicles are the same as they were 12 years ago – despite the adoption … Read more

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