Crowdsourcing air pollution measurements: iSPEX-EU 2015

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A collaboration led by researchers at Leiden University in The Netherlands has launched a Europe-wide citizen campaign— iSPEX-EU 2015 —to use a smartphone add-on and app to measure atmospheric aerosols (tiny particles), resulting in a broad-based data set with high spatio-temporal resolution.

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Tesla delivered 11,580 vehicles in Q3 of 2015

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Tesla Motors reported delivering 11,580 vehicles in the third quarter of 2015, including the first few units of Model X. Despite one week of planned production shutdown, this delivery level represents a 49% increase over Q3 last year as well as the sixth consecutive quarter of growth. Tesla noted that there may be small changes to this delivery count (usually well under 1%), as Tesla only counts a delivery if it is transferred to the end customer and all paperwork is correct. Brief

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2015 Aluminum Joining Manual

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The Aluminum Association has published a manual detailing the range of commercially available production processes for joining aluminum components in automotive applications. Developed in collaboration with the European Aluminium Association (EAA) and the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), the joining manual is a reference for automotive designers and engineers as use of aluminum alloys in high-volume vehicles is expected to accelerate rapidly in the next decade.

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Tesla delivered 10,030 vehicles in Q1 2015

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Tesla Motors announced that it delivered, in total, 10,030 cars in the first quarter (Q1) of 2015—a new company record for the most deliveries in a quarter and a 55% increase over Q1 last year. Tesla does not break out deliveries by region. The release of deliveries so close to the end of the quarter is a break in pattern for the company.

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2015 Volkswagen e-Golf: What We Like & Don’t Like, After First Drive

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Six-Month Road Test long-term 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Six-Month Road TestUp until now, our experience with the Volkswagen e-Golf—the all-electric version of the VW Golf—has been a series of cursory encounters. In a short first drive last spring, followed by another city-loop drive, and then a brief-but-telling back-to-back drive with the Golf TDI, we found the e-Golf to be a surprisingly complete.

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Mercedes AMG PETRONAS unveils 2015 F1 W06 Hybrid

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The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team unveiled its 2015 Formula One World Championship challenger, the F1 W06 Hybrid, ahead of the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain. It’s very much a case of evolution rather than revolution in 2015. For the 2015 season, there have been several major regulations changes. As a result, PETRONAS has formulated a new engine oil that is now undergoing testing with the option for adoption during the 2015 season.

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BMW wins overall International Engine of Year 2015 for hybrid drive system in i8 PHEV

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The other winners from the International Engine of the Year Awards 2015 were: International Engine of the Year Awards 2015. The prize-winners were presented with their awards on Wednesday, 17 June 2015, against the backdrop of the Engine Expo trade fair in Stuttgart.

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First drive: Volkswagen 2015 Golf SportWagen

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2015 Golf SportWagen. With the entry of the new 2015 Golf SportWagen, Volkswagen of America is bringing some dynamic and reasonably priced fuel-efficient verve to the non-luxury wagon segment in the US. l/100 km) on the highway—matching the fuel economy rating of the 2015 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon, currently the highway fuel economy leader among the wagon segment, according to fueleconomy.gov. Click to enlarge.

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Toyota updates hybrid LMP1 racer for 2015

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Toyota has updated its championship-winning LMP1 racer for 2015 with new aerodynamics, revised front end including crash structure and new suspension kinematics to optimize tire usage, plus additional weight saving. TS040 for 2015. During the 2014 season, the TS040 Hybrid took five wins from eight races. Click to enlarge.

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Toyota Mirai receives the ARBÖ 2015 Environmental Award in Austria

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The Austrian automobile club ARBÖ (Auto-Motor und Radfahrerverbund Österreiche) has awarded the Toyota Mirai with the “2015 Environmental Award”. The jury consisted of ARBÖ automotive experts. If we want to secure the future of the automobile as flexible, personal and clean transport for the next 100 years, we need to consider which energy can power our cars tomorrow.

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Group-buy Black Friday deal on 2015 Nissan LEAFs in Northern Colorado: $10,600

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will have a special group-buy Black Friday opportunity to purchase a 2015 Nissan LEAF for just more than $10,000, saving up to $21,000 off the sticker price. The program, offered in partnership with Tynan’s Nissan and Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC), starts Friday, 27 November and runs through 31 December 2015. Consumers in Fort Collins and Loveland, Colo.

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IEA March Oil Market Report revises 2015 demand forecast upward

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IEA raised its forecast of demand growth for all of 2015 by 75 kb/d to 1.0 expected US crude supply, raising the 2015 North American outlook. The slightly higher demand forecast has raised the “call” on OPEC crude for the second half of 2015 to 30.3 mb/d for the first half of 2015, down from a sharp 2.2 Having bottomed?out out in the second quarter of 2014, global oil demand growth has since steadily risen, with year?on?year year gains estimated at around 0.9

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IHS cuts 2015 light vehicle sales forecast in China to 23.4 million; deeper cut for 2016

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IHS revised downward its forecast for light vehicle sales in China, projecting a decline of 3 to 4 percent from previous estimates for 2015. IHS Automotive has reduced its full year 2015 light vehicle sales forecast for China to 23.4 Source: IHS Automotive, September 2015 Light Vehicle Sales Forecast. million units, reflecting a growth rate over 2014 of just 1.4 percent, compared with its previous forecast of 4.4 percent year-over-year growth.

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Audi and INRIX debut online traffic services at CES 2015

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Audi and INRIX are introducing INRIX XD Traffic services to Audi vehicles in North America, available in model year 2015 Audi vehicles with Audi connect. INRIX XD Traffic delivers real-time navigation information to the driver, including routes, travel times and alerts to incidents on the road. INRIX XD Traffic services cover more than 2 million miles of road in North America, including highways, ramps, interchanges, arterials, city and other secondary roads.

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Volkswagen 2015 Golf TDI diesel tours all lower 48 states on 101.43 gallons; 81.17 mpg

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A 2015 Golf TDI Clean Diesel has set a new Guinness World Records achievement for the “lowest fuel consumption—48 US contiguous States for a non-hybrid car” with an 81.17 The 2015 Golf TDI carries an EPA- estimated highway fuel economy rating of 45 mpg (5.22 The 2015 Golf TDI features Volkswagen’s EA288 diesel engine.

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NEESC releases 2015 hydrogen & fuel cell development plans for eight Northeastern states; power generation and transportation

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CCAT ), released the 2015 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development Plans for each of the eight states in the Northeast US. The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster ( NEESC ), administered by Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc.

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Porsche presents more efficient Gen 2 919 Hybrid LMP1 racer for 2015

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Porsche 919 Hybrid, 2015. 2015 energy/fuel use formulas for one lap in Le Mans. The Porsche 919 Hybrid was homologated for the top energy-recovery category (8 megajoules for one lap in Le Mans) for the first time in 2015. As is also the norm in Formula 1, the Porsche 919 Hybrid monocoque is a carbon-fiber sandwich construction that was completely redesigned for the 2015 season. Porsche has presented the second generation of its Le Mans Prototype 919 Hybrid race car.

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NADA forecasts light-duty vehicle sales of 16.94M in US in 2015; 56% trucks and SUVs

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million in 2015, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association. On the downside, small and mid-sized cars are likely to face a tougher market in 2015. in 2015, with the potential for growth to exceed that level. Low gasoline prices and pent-up consumer demand will combine to drive new car and light truck sales to an estimated 16.94 NADA’s original sales forecast of 16.4 million new cars and light trucks for 2014 was on target.

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Renault Sport F1 introduces revamped 2015 hybrid power unit

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Renault Sport F1 has unveiled its 2015 power unit for Formula 1 racing, which incorporates a number of changes compared to its 2014 predecessor ( earlier post ). 2015 is the second year of competitive use for the power units that feature a V6 turbocharged internal combustion engine coupled to energy recovery systems. The 2015 power unit project was started six months before the 2014 units took to the track, ie. Renault has taken measures to improve reliability for 2015.

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Navigant expects global market for automotive Li-ion batteries to hit $30.6 billion in 2024; almost 4x 2015 market

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billion in 2015 to $30.6 GWh in 2015 to 93.1 In a new report, Navigant Research forecasts the global market for Li-ion batteries in light duty and medium/heavy duty vehicles will almost quadruple from $7.8 billion in 2024. This figure could be higher if emerging 48V micro-hybrid technology delivers on its promise of fuel efficiency at a low cost increment and a significant number of OEMs choose to implement it with Li-ion battery packs, Navigant said.

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Navigant forecasts energy storage enabling technologies revenue to total nearly $75B from 2015 to 2024

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Navigant Research forecasts that worldwide energy storage enabling technology (ESET) revenue will total nearly $75 billion from 2015 to 2024. million in 2015 to $21.5 The report analyzes the ESET global market across four distinct market segments: utility-scale storage; community storage; residential storage; and commercial storage, including global market forecasts through 2024.

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IHS Automotive forecasts 88.6M unit global light vehicle market in 2015; 2.4% growth

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IHS Automotive forecasts global automotive sales for 2015 to reach 88.6 For the APAC region in 2015, IHS forecasts that China’s economic growth will decelerate further, to 6.5% However, IHS Automotive analysts still expect light vehicle sales in China to grow by 7% in 2015 to 25.2 The size of the market contraction in Russia is the biggest wild card facing vehicle manufacturers across the European continent, if not the world, in 2015 and 2016.”

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Track debut for 2nd generation 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid

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As scheduled, this marks the start of the 2015 motorsport season for the Porsche Team. 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid. Extensive testing with the second generation of Porsche’s Le Mans prototype will begin on 18 January on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. The new Porsche 919 Hybrid is a comprehensive evolution of the successful car that made its debut in 2014. Earlier post.).

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EuroCarBody Award 2015 goes to the Carbon Core body of the new BMW 7 Series

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The Carbon Core body structure of the new BMW 7 Series has been awarded the EuroCarBody Award 2015 at the 17 th Global Car Body Benchmarking Conference. The EuroCarBody 2015 conference in Bad Nauheim, Hesse, was attended by more than 550 car body construction experts from 24 countries, who discussed innovations and pioneering concepts in the areas of development and production.

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2015 Jeep Renegade: First Drive

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than at home, the 2015 Jeep Renegade. DON''T MISS: 2015 Jeep Renegade - full review It''s a subcompact Jeep, exported to North America from an Italian assembly Jeep got its start with the U.S. Army more than 70 years ago, and the brand has huge global recognition. Now we''ve driven the first Jeep designed to sell in greater volume outside the U.S.

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Volkswagen announces new lower-priced trim line for the 2015 e-Golf

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announced that a lower-priced version of the fully-electric 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf ( earlier post ) will go on sale at participating dealerships. The 2015 e-Golf Limited Edition is priced nearly $2,000 less than its SEL counterpart at $33,450. This makes the e-Golf the most fuel-efficient compact car in the US according to the 2015 Most Fuel Efficient Cars by EPA Size Class (including electric vehicles) list. Volkswagen of America, Inc.

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Volkswagen Group receives 2015 KS Energy and Environment Prize for the Golf GTE and Audi A3 e-tron PHEVs

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KS) awarded the 2015 Energy and Environment Prize to the Volkswagen Group for the plug-in hybrids Golf GTE ( earlier post ) and Audi A3 e-tron ( earlier post). The German automobile club Kraftfahrer Schutz e.V. (KS) Accepting the award in Munich was Hanno Jelden, Head of Powertrain Electronics at Volkswagen. The organization Kraftfahrerschutz e.V., which was founded in 1935, is one of the larger German automobile clubs with around 520,000 members.

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Total alternative fuel vehicle reg in Europe up 17.4% in Q2 2015, EVs up 53%; EVs up 78.4% for H1

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In the second quarter of 2015, total alternative fuel vehicle registrations in the EU increased (+17.4%), totalling 143,595, according to figures from the ACEA. Of these, electric vehicle (EV) registrations—Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) + Plug‐in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) + Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs)—significantly grew (+53.0%), rising from 18,024 units in Q2 2014 to 27,575 units in Q2 2015. New EV registration leaders H1 2015. H1 2015 sales.

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ASG life-cycle study finds aluminum Ford F-150 “Best Full-size Truck of 2015” from environmental and economic perspective

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According to the latest annual life-cycle study from the Automotive Science Group ( ASG ), the all-new lightweight aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 leads the full-size light-duty truck competition in all environmental and economic performance areas; accordingly, ASG selected the F-150 as its Best Full-size Truck of 2015. ASG’s 2015 Study assessed 225 light-duty truck models. ASG’s Best Trucks Of 2015. 2015 Full-Size Truck – Regular Cab, Extended Cab & Crew Cab.

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McLaren-Honda reveals MP4-30 F1 car for 2015 with new Honda hybrid power unit

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McLaren-Honda revealed its new MP4-30 racer for the upcoming 2015 FIA Formula One (F1) World Championship. The team’s preparations for 2015 have drawn upon the resources of ExxonMobil, which has been working with Honda for two years on developing new technologies and formulations of Mobil 1 engine lubricants for the Honda V6 turbo. The car is fitted with Honda’s RA615H Hybrid power unit. Earlier post.).

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Navigant forecasts global annual sales of LDVs of 122.6M by 2035, up 38% from 2015

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from 2015 to 2035 to almost 1.9 As a result, the share of vehicles in use that are conventional ICE vehicles will fall from more than 91% in 2015 to under 40% by 2035. Navigant expects ICE vehicles will be replaced by start-stop vehicles (SSVs), which will grow from representing more than 4% of vehicles in use in 2015 to nearly 49% in 2035. LDVs primarily fueled by gasoline will fall as a percentage of the overall global fleet from 82% in 2015 to under 71% in 2035.

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Visteon demos latest V2X gateway at 2015 CES

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Visteon Corporation is demonstrating its latest vehicle connectivity solution at the 2015 International CES. Visteon’s Wireless Gateway is a 4G-compatible connectivity module that manages a network of cellular, Wi-Fi, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) inside and outside of the vehicle to provide seamless connectivity when mobile.

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2016 Honda Pilot gains 12% in power, up to 9.5% in fuel efficiency over 2015 model

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The 280 hp engine adds 30 hp (+12%) and 9 lb-ft of torque (+3.6%) over the 2015 Pilot model while receiving an EPA combined fuel-economy rating of 23 mpg (10.2 l/100 km) for the 2WD with nine-speed automatic transmission, up 2 mpg from the 2015 Pilot (+9.5%). Honda has introduced the new third-generation 2016 Honda Pilot.

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Hyundai Blue Link to debut smartwatch app with voice recognition at 2015 CES

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Android Wear users can download the app from Google Play for free starting in the first quarter of 2015. Next-generation Blue Link equipped models include the 2015 Genesis, Sonata and Azera. Recently introduced features such as maintenance alerts and the Hyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app will debut on the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT and Hyundai Veloster in 2015.

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President’s 2016 Budget requests $29.9B for DOE; 9% boost over FY 2015 enacted; $793M (2.7%) for sustainable transportation

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billion) above the FY 2015 enacted level. billion over the FY 2015 Enacted level, to maintain a safe, secure, and effective nuclear weapons stockpile in the absence of nuclear testing and manage the research, development, and production activities and associated infrastructure maintenance and modernization needed to meet national nuclear security requirements. President Barack Obama’s 2016 Budget requests $29.9 billion for the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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Application process now open for 2015 BASF/VW “Science Award for Electrochemistry”

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The application process for the fourth (2015) BASF/VW “ Science Award for Electrochemistry ” ( earlier post ) is now open. Researchers have until 24 July 2015 to apply. The awards ceremony will take place on October 28, 2015, in Tokyo, Japan. The International Science Award offers total prize money of €100,000, including €50,000 for the first rank. The entries submitted will be judged by a jury made up of experts from BASF and Volkswagen and representatives from academia.

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Scotiabank forecasts 4% growth in global auto market in 2015 to 74M units, led by China

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2015 forecast share by region. In its latest Global Auto Report , Scotiabank forecasts record global car sales in 2015, with the total market advancing 4% over 2014, reaching more than 74 million units. Global growth will mainly be driven by China, where Scotiabank expects auto demand to grow 7% in 2015 to 19.36 Under the forecast, China will thus represent 26% of global auto sales in 2015. million units in 2015. ). Data: Scotiabank. Click to enlarge.

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Cooperation of Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance accelerates, strengthens in 2015

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The partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG accelerated and strengthened as it entered its sixth year in 2015, the companies’ leaders said today in a media update given during the Frankfurt International Motor Show. When the Daimler-Alliance partnership was launched in April 2010, the scope of the original collaboration was limited to three projects, primarily in Europe.

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Hyundai showcasing augmented reality, wearables and ADAS tech at 2015 CES

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Hyundai is showcasing a collection of new technologies at the 2015 CES, highlighting a new augmented reality Head Up Display (HUD); new connectivity and 3D-gesture controls; and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The HUD found inside the 2015 Genesis includes driving information such as Smart Cruise Control status, navigation, Blind Spot Detection, and Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warnings.

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Morris Bullock, Ph.D., Daniel DuBois, Ph.D., PNNL Hydrogen Catalysis Team win 2015 ACS Catalysis Lectureship

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and the Hydrogen Catalysis Team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have won the 2015 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science. The 2015 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science will be presented at the 2015 ACS Fall National Meeting & Exposition in Boston. ACS Catalysis and the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Catalysis Science & Technology announced that Morris Bullock, Ph.D.,

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IHS: average age of light vehicles in US rises slightly in 2015 to 11.5 years; length of new vehicle ownership hits record high

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years, based on a snapshot of vehicles in operation (VIO) taken 1 January 2015, according to IHS Automotive. Average age for both passenger cars and light trucks increased just slightly in 2015, and both now stand at 11.5 As of Q1 2015, the average length of ownership for a new vehicle is 77.8 When looking at six- to 11-year-old vehicles in 2015, the group includes just over 81 million cars and light trucks.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf, Golf Sportwagen, Golf GTI and Jetta earn 2015 Top Safety Pick + from IIHS

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The 2016 Volkswagen Golf 4-door, Golf SportWagen, Golf GTI 4-door, and Jetta models, when equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) system, have been awarded 2015 Top Safety Pick+ ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS ).

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Ford Car Buying Trends 2015 shows increasing demand for semi-autonomous driving technologies in Europe

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Ford Car Buying Trends 2015 , a study of new car buying habits in 22 countries across Europe, highlights regional trends and national differences. European drivers are showing an increasing appetite for semi-autonomous driving technologies, according to a new Ford Motor Company study on buying trends in Europe. The study shows significant increases in the number of cars with technologies that help drivers to park, avoid collisions, and maintain set speeds and distances from vehicles ahead.

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