EV Fest 2012: Toronto, Ontario

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Toronto's EV Fest 2012 is a place where the public, business owners, and fleet managers can come to learn about electric vehicles and green energy. Sept. 9 at Evergreen Brickworks, 10-5

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Winners of 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge

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and Jim Jones, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced the winners of the 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. The awardees for 2012 are: Professor Robert M. American Chemical Society (ACS) President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Ph.D.,

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Mitsubishi to unveil Outlander PHEV at 2012 Paris Motor Show

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will present the global debut of the new Outlander SUV plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month. Powertrain elements in the Outlander PHEV. Click to enlarge.

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University of Maryland wins 2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest

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The team of the University of Maryland is the winner of the 2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest, announced on Sunday by the US Department of Energy at the Young Scientist Symposium of the World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2012 in Toronto, Canada. For the 2012 Contest, students were challenged to plan and design a tri-generation system that produces electricity, heat, and hydrogen for their university campus.

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Report: Toyota doubling hybrid output to 1.2M In 2012

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The Nikkei reports that Toyota Motor Corp. is expected to produce 1.2 million hybrid vehicles this year—twice the 2011 total—as it brings the vehicles into Asian markets. Batteries and motors for hybrids can be used in electric vehicles or in a coming generation of fuel-cell cars. Toyota thus believes that lowering costs for such key components through mass production will give it an edge in developing environmentally friendly vehicles. Brief

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EV Fest 2012 Electric Vehicle Show in Toronto

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9 2012 at The Pavilions in Toronto. Fall 2012 marks the fourth EV Fest, a show devoted to showing OEM and Personally converted Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Plug-in Hybrids, eBikes, Electric Scooters, Trikes, EV components and supplies Sunday, Sept.

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NOAA predicts a near-normal 2012 Atlantic and Eastern Pacific hurricane season, below-normal in Central Pacific

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Favoring storm development in 2012 is the continuation of the overall conditions associated with the Atlantic high-activity era that began in 1995, in addition to near-average sea surface temperatures across much of the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, known as the Main Development Region. Improvements to the GFDL model for 2012 include physics upgrades that are expected to reduce or eliminate a high bias in the model's intensity forecasts.

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19.7% of new cars sold in May 2012 in Japan were hybrids; Prius and Aqua dominate

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of new cars sold in Japan in May 2012 were hybrid cars, up 11 percentage points from last year. Integrity Exports. 19.7% The liftback Prius led the field with 20,789 units sold, closely followed by Aqua (Prius C overseas) with 20,091 units sold. Looking at the different manufacturers, hybrid sales make up 25% of Honda sales in Japan, and a whopping 46% of Toyota sales. Honda’s percentage has actually dropped a little thanks to the success of its kei car minivan, the NBOX.

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EIA: Estimated US 2012 gasoline consumption low compared to five-year average

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US gasoline consumption in the first quarter of 2012, which averaged about 8.5 However, EIA noted, the second quarter of 2012 shows some signs of higher consumption. Gasoline prices since the beginning of May 2012 were lower than the same time last year, and gasoline consumption showed some very modest gains in April and May. Real Gross Domestic Product for the first quarter of 2012 was 2.4%

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2012 Subaru Impreza

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The all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza carries the small, quirky Japanese company further into competition with mainstream makers of compact sedans and hatchbacks. The goal for this latest iteration of its smallest model line was to make the 2012 Impreza sedan and hatchback a closer match to But true to its roots, Subaru does things a little differently.

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APTA: public transportation ridership up 5% in first quarter 2012

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billion trips in the first quarter of 2012 over the first quarter of last year, according to a report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). in the first quarter of 2012. in the first three months of 2012 with twenty-two of twenty-seven commuter rail systems reporting ridership increases. Public transportation ridership rose 5% to nearly 2.7

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Ford Focus tracking to become best-selling global nameplate in 2012, Fiesta best-selling B-car worldwide

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Ford is the only brand to have three of the top 10 best-selling vehicles worldwide, through September 2012, the most recent reporting of all markets globally by Polk. million vehicles in 2012, marking two straight years above the 2 million mark—the only brand to top 2 million US sales since 2007.

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Honda demonstrating car and motorcycle V2X communication at ITS World Congress 2012

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will participate in the 19 th World ITS Congress from 22–26 October 2012 with a demonstration of automobile and motorcycle V2X communication—how its vehicles can communicate both with each other and with road-side infrastructure to benefit road safety, the environment, driver comfort and convenience. Honda Motor Co.,

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UK take-up of grants for EVs and hybrids rises 20% in first half of 2012; 134 more claims

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Take up of grants for the purchase of electric and hybrid cars rose by nearly 20% in the UK in the first half of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011. Figures reported by Greenwise Business show that as of 30 June 2012 a total of 814 claims were made through the Government’s £5,000 (US$7,900) electric car grant in the first six months of 2012 compared to 892 claims received during the whole of 2011.

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Nissan exhibiting prototype NSC-2015 vehicle for autonomous driving application at CEATEC JAPAN 2012

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At CEATEC Japan 2012 this week, Nissan Motor Co. will showcase autonomous driving in a parking application with the NSC-2015 prototype—a modified Leaf EV. The car uses a remote monitoring system that recognizes the surrounding environment through use of an all-around view camera and 4G mobile communications.

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2012 Subaru Impreza with 30% fuel economy improvement uses BorgWarner variable cam timing technology

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BorgWarner’s Cam Torque Actuated (CTA) variable cam timing (VCT) technology ( earlier post ) with new mid-position lock system ( earlier post ) helps improve fuel economy for the 2012 Subaru Impreza. According to Subaru, the 2012 Impreza offers 30% better fuel economy compared with the previous model year.

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Frito-Lay boosts electric fleet; 275 electric trucks by the end of 2012

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Once all of the vehicles are deployed by the end of 2012, California will be home to 105 all-electric delivery trucks, the largest deployment in any state. Frito-Lay is growing its electric truck fleet in California. By the end of this year, Frito-Lay will have more than 275 electric trucks deployed in the US, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in the country. In May of this year, Frito-Lay reached a milestone of one million all-electric miles driven.

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UQM PowerPhase Pro 100 powering fuel cell taxicabs during London 2012 Summer Olympics

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UQM PowerPhase Pro 100 electric drive systems are powering a fleet of hydrogen fuel cell London taxicabs during the 2012 Olympic Games. According to Intelligent Energy, the company plans to put the vehicles into full production after a successful test program in 2012. This fleet joins another previously announced UQM-powered vehicle at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

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EU new car registrations down 7.7% in Q1 2012

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Over the first quarter of 2012, the EU market for new light duty vehicles shrank by 7.7%, compared to the same period a year ago, with a total of 3,312,657 new registrations, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). Click to enlarge. In March, demand for new cars in the EU was negative for the sixth consecutive month, with a decline of 7.0% compared to March last year.

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ARPA-E awards $130M to 66 “OPEN 2012” transformational energy technology projects

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 66 research projects to receive a total of $130 million in funding through its “OPEN 2012” program. Select projects in OPEN 2012 include: ARPA-E OPEN 2012 selections: Advanced Fuels. ARPA-E OPEN 2012 selections: Advanced Vehicle Design and Materials. ARPA-E OPEN 2012 selections: Carbon Capture. ARPA-E OPEN 2012 selections: Transportation Energy Storage.

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EIA: Monthly coal- and natural gas-fired generation in US equal for first time in April 2012

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In April 2012, preliminary data show net electric generation from natural gas was 95.9 The 2011 and 2012 data shown above are preliminary and are subject to change (final 2011 data will be released this fall, and 2012 data will be revised at that time).

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Fisker reports more than $100M in revenue Jan-Apr 2012; more than $1B in funding since 2007

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Fisker Automotive published its first business update, announcing that revenues had exceeded $100 million in the first four months of 2012. In the first few months of 2012, Fisker has continued to raise private equity investment to fund its expansion plans, securing $174 million of additional private financing since the start of the year. 2012 Fisker Karma. The EVer (Electric Vehicle extended range) powertrain of the Fisker Karma. Click to enlarge.

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Shanghai General Motors introduces Sail SPRINGO EV at Auto Guangzhou 2012; green technology strategy to 2020

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At the opening of Auto Guangzhou 2012, Shanghai General Motors launched its first localized new energy vehicle, the Sail SPRINGO EV. The Sail SPRINGO EV. Click to enlarge. The vehicle was developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), making it the first production electric vehicle created by a Chinese joint venture.

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DBT CEV fast chargers power 3 LEAFs 12,500 km over 42 days in 2012 Oranje Trophy

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Three Nissan LEAF electric vehicles drove 12,500 km (7,767 miles) through ten countries in 42 days supported by France-based DBT CEV’s fast charging technology as part of the 2012 Oranje Trophy. The feat is thought to be the longest journey achieved by these electric vehicles in such a condensed period of time, enabled only through the use of fast charging technology. Charging the LEAFs. Click to enlarge.

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DOE-released report finds significant growth in fuel cell industry in 2011, forecasts continuing growth through 2012

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released a new report showing significant growth for the fuel cell industry in 2011, and forecasting continued growth through 2012. With increasing availability, falling costs, and significant improvements in performance and durability, the report projects the fuel cells industry to continue growing through 2012 and beyond.

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First 2012 CODA EV rolls off the production line in California

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The occasion officially kicked-off the final assembly of CODA Automotive’s first all-electric 2012 CODA five-passenger sedans that will be sold in California—ultimately to current reservation holders. The 31kWh 2012 CODA mileage vehicle features 88 miles per charge EPA rating. The 2012 CODA has an MSRP of $37,250; in California, federal and individual state savings and credits may bring the price down to $27,250.

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Pike forecasts worldwide revenue from fuel cells and hydrogen will reach $785M million in 2012; interest in fuel cell vehicles re-emerges

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The total size of the global hydrogen and fuel cell market—including revenues from fuel cells and from hydrogen for fuel cells and internal combustion engines (ICEs)—will reach $785 million in 2012, according to a new white paper from Pike Research. The white paper describes ten key trends for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry in 2012. In terms of numbers of on-the-road FCEVs, however, 2012 will unlikely to see any rollout of demonstration trial vehicles.

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New generation Nissan Pathfinder SUV improves fuel economy by more than 30% over 2012 model

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The 2013 Pathfinder’s fuel economy has improved more than 30% over that of the 2012 Pathfinder. Nissan introduced the all-new 2013 Pathfinder SUV. This significant increase fuel economy was achieved primarily through the new, aerodynamic vehicle design; a 500-pound weight reduction, reduced engine friction and the application of a class-exclusive, next-generation Xtronic CVT. Towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Click to enlarge.

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Toyota targeting production of more than 10 million vehicles in CY 2012

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has revised its calendar year 2012 sales and production plans, targeting worldwide production of 10,050,000 vehicles and worldwide sales of 9,760,000 vehicles for the year. The company also announced financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended 30 June 2012.

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Renault introducing three Energy engines in the Mégane Collection 2012; fuel economy up to 67 mpg US

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Renault is introducing three new Energy engines ( earlier post ) in its Mégane Collection 2012: the new turbocharged, gasoline direct-injection Energy TCE 115 di; the Energy dCi 130; and the Energy dCi 110, with NEDC fuel consumption of 3.5 Versions of Mégane Collection 2012 powered by this engine consume 5.3 dCi unit, Mégane Collection 2012 offers best-in-class fuel efficiency, with average NEDC combined cycle fuel consumption of just 3.5

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Annual global oil & gas capital expenditure to pass $1-trillion mark in 2012

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Increased activity in the Exploration and Production (E&P) sector will be the primary driver in pushing oil and gas capital expenditure (capex) to $1.039 trillion for 2012, according to the latest report by business intelligence firm GlobalData. The new report— Oil & Gas Capital Expenditure Outlook, H1 2012 —forecasts that the total oil and gas capex will increase by 13.4% of the 2012 global total.

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Ford 1L EcoBoost engine named International Engine of the Year 2012

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Ford’s new 3-cylinder 1-liter EcoBoost ( earlier post ), which made its debut in the European Focus, has been named overall International Engine of the Year 2012. The engine also picked up the awards for New Engine and Sub 1-Litre categories in the annual event. In 2011, Fiat won the top spot with its 875cc Twin Air engine for the Fiat 500. Earlier post.).

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Pike forecasts sales of hybrid and plug-in medium and heavy duty trucks to nearly double in 2012

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According to a new report from Pike Research, the worldwide market for hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric medium- (MD) and heavy-duty (HD) trucks will grow at 92% in 2012, with total sales surpassing 19,000. In 2012, this trend is likely to continue, particularly in European and developing Asian markets, Pike says.

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2012 Fisker Karma Vs. 2012 Tesla Model S: Video Debate

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Tesla started a few years ago with its electric Roadster sports car, and is about to introduce its first mainstream model, the 2012 Model S The last U.S. volume carmaker started from scratch by entrepreneurs whose brand is still with us was Chrysler, and that was in 1924. But Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive are both looking to change that.

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Low-emission model 2012 Chevrolet Volt eligible for California’s carpool lanes, $1,500 state rebate

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A low emission model of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt electric car for California ( earlier post ) will qualify for a $1,500 state rebate and be allowed to drive with a single occupant in the state’s carpool lanes. Additionally, the new Low Emissions Package makes the 2012 Volt eligible for owners and lessees to receive up to $1,500 in state rebates through the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.

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Frito-Lay buying 100 more Smith Electric Vehicle trucks in 2012; natural gas coming for tractor fleet

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PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division will purchase 100 Newton Series 2000 all-electric commercial vehicles in 2012 from Smith Electric Vehicles, bringing the total number of its electric fleet to more than 280. Over the past two years, 176 Smith Electric Vehicles trucks have been added to the Frito-Lay commercial delivery truck fleet. To date, these trucks have accumulated 1 million miles and eliminated the need for approximately 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

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2012 Coda Sedan: First Drive

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It's been a long time coming, but the 2012 Coda Sedan is now on sale at a handful of dealers in California. Six months after the very first Coda compact electric cars were delivered to buyers, the compact is gearing up a major publicity push to sell the electric sedan--which we've now driven. Our bottom line is that the Coda Sedan is a practical

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Pike Research forecasts global biofuels market to double by 2012 to $185.3B

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Pike Research forecasts that the global market for biofuels will more than double over the coming decade, increasing from $82.7 billion in 2011 to $185.3 billion by 2021. At least 38 national governments have enacted blending mandates or targets to accelerate the expansion of biofuels production and consumption in the transportation sector. However, despite strong. growth in the industry over the next decade, Pike expects production volumes to fall short of an estimated 71.8

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Honda targeting resumption of production in Thailand by end of March 2012

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HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand, which experienced damage from the major flooding in the country last year, reports that it expects to resume production by the end of March 2012. Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC said it is making progress in restoring plant facilities and manufacturing equipment since completing the drainage of the flood water and cleaning of the plant facilities which began at the end of November 2011.

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Daimler/BYD joint venture introduces DENZA EV concept at Auto China 2012; BYD introduces new dual-mode Qin

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BDNT), the joint venture between Daimler and BYD ( earlier post ) unveiled a DENZA battery-electric vehicle show car at Auto China 2012 in Beijing. Auto China 2012 marks the first appearance of the DENZA brand at a motor show. Also at Auto China 2012, BYD unveiled the new Dual Mode “Qin” (pronounced “Chin”). DENZA EV concept. Click to enlarge. Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co.,

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IEEE awards Honeywell software team 2012 Control Systems Technology Award for OnRAMP Design Suite for Powertrain Control

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) selected a team of Honeywell developers for its 2012 Control Systems Technology Award in recognition of the team’s work in developing the OnRAMP Design Suite for Powertrain Control. OnRAMP is an automated and intuitive tool to enable engine makers quickly to develop and to customize the increasingly complex computer control used in modern cars and trucks.

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Hyundai/Kia to correct overstated fuel economy claims of MY 2012 and 2013 models as result of EPA investigation

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The changes affect the fuel economy ratings for approximately 900,000, or 35% of, 2011-13 model year vehicles sold through 31 October 2012. With the changes, the 2012 Hyundai/Kia fleet fuel economy level is reduced by an average of 3%—from 27 to 26 mpg US. Hyundai - Kia MY 2012 Fuel Economy Label Changes.

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Polk: global commercial vehicle registrations down 7% in first quarter 2012; China and India account for 58% share

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The global commercial vehicle market declined 7% during the first quarter of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, according to a recent analysis by Polk. China and India have represented the two largest markets for heavy commercial vehicle registrations since 2010 and accounted for nearly 58% of the global market during the first quarter of 2012. Also, tractors in China accounted for approximately 14% of new sales during the first quarter of 2012 versus just 2.6%

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