Argonne releases 2016 version of GREET

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The Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Group announced 2016 release of the suite of GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation Model) models and associated documentation. electricity generation mix based on Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2016.

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Cooperation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance deepening in 2016

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At the Paris Motor Show, Carlos Ghosn and Dieter Zetsche said that the strategic partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG is maturing as it enters its seventh year in 2016. The staffing and equipping of the plant started in May 2016 according to plan. Plant expansion was decided upon early in 2016 and is now being implemented.

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Wolfspeed wins 2016 R&D 100 Award for wide bandgap underhood inverter for HEVs/EVs

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Wolfspeed, A Cree Company, a leading global supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) power products, won a 2016 R&D 100 Award for its high-temperature, wide-bandgap (WBG) underhood inverter for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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US vehicle miles travelled up 3% in first 9 months of 2016 to 2.4 trillion miles

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trillion miles in the first nine months of 2016, an increase of 3.0% billion miles were driven in September 2016 alone—a 2.4% increase compared with August 2016. The September 2016 report also includes seasonally-adjusted data, which is conducted by USDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics as a way to even out seasonal variation in travel and enable vehicle miles travelled (VMT) comparisons with any other month in any year. US driving topped 2.4

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Automotive Grade Linux membership grows 60% in 2016

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>Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative open source project developing a Linux-based, open platform for the connected car, announced five new members have joined Automotive Grade Linux and The Linux Foundation. AGL has close to 90 members representing various business interests, from semiconductors and in-vehicle software to IoT and connected cloud services. The newest AGL members include: Audiokinetic, Sasken Communication Technologies, Star Lab, Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Witekio.

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Ethertronics unveils V2X Automotive smart antenna solutions at Electronica 2016

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Ethertronics, a provider of smart antenna system solutions, announced two new Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) smart antennas to enhance connected car antenna performance, reliability and range at Electronica in Munich.

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Euro NCAP 2016: Toyota Prius, Hyundai Ioniq and VW Tiguan best in class

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In 2016, Euro NCAP tested 18 new passenger cars and four heavy quadricycles; three cars were awarded “Best in Class”: the Toyota Prius in the Large Family Car category; the Hyundai Ioniq in the Small Family Car category; and the VW Tiguan in the Small Off-Roader category. Euro NCAP Best in Class scores 2016. 2016 saw the introduction of some significant changes to Euro NCAP’s ratings scheme.

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U Waterloo researcher awarded 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award for work on fuel cell catalysts

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Drew Higgins from the University of Waterloo has won the 2016 Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) in the category of Engineering/Medical Science/Natural Science for his work on fuel cell catalysts.

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EPA announces 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners

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An independent panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute formally judged the 2016 submissions from among scores of nominated technologies and made recommendations to EPA for the 2016 winners. The 2016 awards event will be held in conjunction with the 20 th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners.

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Audi realigns motorsport strategy: electric instead of endurance; out of FIA WEC at end of 2016 season

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The brand will terminate its FIA WEC commitment, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, at the end of the 2016 season. In the current 2016 season, DTM factory driver Mattias Ekström in his Audi S1 EKS RX quattro clinched the World Championship title early, competing against numerous factory teams. Audi is realigning its motorsport strategy. Instead, Audi is taking up a factory-backed commitment ( earlier post ) in the all-electric Formula E racing series.

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GM details 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid powertrain design and operation

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The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid ( earlier post ) is EPA-rated at 46 mpg (5.11 l/100 km) combined, 47 mpg city and 46 mpg highway; the powertrain shares the transmission architecture with the 2016 Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle (EREV), but includes changes to optimize the system for engine-driven charge-sustaining operation in the range of conditions represented by the US EPA 5 cycle fuel economy tests. Source: Tim Grewe, 2016 SAE HEVT Symposium.

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Tesla projects GAAP profit in Q4 2016; 80k-90k new Model S and Model X in 2016

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Q1 and Full Year 2016 Outlook. Tesla plans to deliver 80,000 to 90,000 new Model S and Model X vehicles in 2016, representing accelerating growth over 2015 at the midpoint of the range. The company expects its average vehicle transaction price to increase slightly during 2016, as Model X grows to become a larger share of our deliveries throughout the year.

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FEV showcasing 48V technology at 2016 SAE World Congress

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FEV will showcase some of its 48-Volt technology capabilities at the 2016 SAE World Congress next week in Detroit. FEV says it believes that 48V technology will be the next evolution in in-vehicle power. The proliferation of components and systems that require electrical power in today’s vehicle are pushing the standard 12-Volt battery to its limits.

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IHS Markit: average age of light cars and trucks in US rises again in 2016 to 11.6 years; record number in operation

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The average age of light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the US has once again climbed slightly this year, to 11.6 years, according to IHS Markit, a provider of business information and analysis for the global automotive industry. Registrations for light VIO, including cars and light trucks (SUVs/CUVs as well) in the US also reached a record level of more than 264 million—an increase of more than 6.2 million (2.4%) since last year.

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LeEco showcases autonomous EV concept LeSEE at Auto China 2016

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China-based internet company LeEco unveiled its LeSEE electric car concept this week at Auto China 2016—The 14th Beijing International Automobile Exhibition. Earlier post.) The LeSEE electric concept features an advanced autopilot and driver assistance systems, intelligent inductive charging and car sharing capabilities.

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CCM: demand for ternary Li-ion batteries in China to more than double to 10 GWh in 2016 from 4.4GWh in 2015 due to subsidy fraud and response

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The firm forecasts an immediate boom in demand for ternary Li-ion batteries—mainly used to power alternative energy vehicles—from 4.4GWh in 2015 to 10 GWh in 2016. Early in 2016, China’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) with other ministries and commissions launched probes into more than 90 major AEV firms, examining 401,000 alternative energy vehicles which already received or had been approved for subsidies.

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Renault to unveil electric TREZOR concept car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show

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At the Paris Motor Show tomorrow, Groupe Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn and Laurens van den Acker, SVP Corporate Design, Renault, will unveil TREZOR, an electric concept car which features “surprising” proportions. In 2010, the DeZir concept car embodied the renewal of Renault’s brand identity by inaugurating a new styling signature.

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Toyota GAZOO Racing introduces TS050 hybrid racer for 2016 WEC season; moves up to 8MJ class with Li-ion battery

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Toyota GAZOO Racing revealed the all-new TS050 HYBRID LMP1 racer—Toyota’s third new car since joining WEC in 2012—for the 2016 World Endurance Championship ( WEC ) competition. Following an unsuccessful defense of its World Championship titles in 2015, Toyota set itself tough performance targets in order to compete once again at the front of the field, featuring fellow LMP1-Hybrid manufacturers Porsche and Audi.

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ISO/TS 19880:2016 – New technical document for hydrogen stations

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ISO has published a new Technical Specification ISO/TS 19880-1 , Gaseous hydrogen — fueling stations — Part 1: General requirements, which is a key document for the building of hydrogen fueling stations worldwide. Earlier post.) The TS was prepared by ISO/TC 197 WG 24, led by co-conveners Jesse Schneider (BMW) and Guy Dang-Nhu (Air Liquide), along with Nick Hart (ITM Power) as secretary.

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Cadillac and ContiTech win 2016 Altair Enlighten Awards for innovation in automotive vehicle lightweighting

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The winner of the OEM-focused Full-Vehicle category was GM for the 2016 Cadillac CT6, a vehicle 157 lbs (71 kg) lighter than the BFI (body frame integral) construction. For the Module category, which focuses on the achievements from within the automotive supplier base, the winner was ContiTech for its unique polyamide rear crossbeam for the 2016 Mercedes S-Class. The awards were presented during the 2016 CAR Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) in Traverse City, Mich.

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Westport secures EPA certification for the Dedicated CNG and Bi-fuel CNG 2016 Ford F-150

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F-150 trucks for Model Year (MY) 2016. As well as achieving EPA certification for the dedicated CNG and Bi-Fuel CNG models, Westport has already received EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification on a number of other MY 2016 vehicles, including the F-250/350 6.2L The F-150 is available with a 2016 MY 5.0L Westport Innovations Inc.

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VW BUDD-e electric microbus named “2016 Concept Truck of the Year”

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The Volkswagen BUDD-e battery-electric microbus concept ( earlier post ) has been named “2016 Concept Truck of the Year” at the 15 th Annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards. More than two dozen jurors participated in the selection process of the 2016 North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards. We are thrilled that the BUDD-e has been honored as 2016 Concept Truck of the Year and would like to thank the panel of judges for recognizing Volkswagen’s innovation.

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1H 2016 Ford Motor sales in China up 6%; SUVs up 27%

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Demand for Ford and Lincoln sport utility vehicles (SUVs) continues to be high in the first half of 2016, with combined sales of the Ford EcoSport, Kuga, Edge, Everest and Explorer and Lincoln MKC, MKX and Navigator surpassing 150,000 vehicles, a 27% increase over 2015. Lincoln continues to see strong growth in China with 12,450 vehicles sold in the first half of 2016, an almost three-fold increase compared to last year.

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2016 Billion Ton Report shows US could sustainably produce at least 1B tons biomass by 2040 for bioeconomy

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Within 25 years, the United States could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits, according to the new 2016 Billion-Ton Report , jointly released by the US Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The Billion Ton 2016 is the third in the series of these Billion Ton reports.

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2016 Electric Motorcycle Buyers Guide

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Zero added two new bikes to its lineup for 2016, and its prices have come down while performance has gone up. The electric motorcycle industry continues to mature as Zero Motorcycles leads the way with the highest sales and most models. Several established manufacturers gave us a glimpse of their plans for electric motorcycles, and an array of. Harley-Davidson electric motorcycles Brammo Empulse Zero Motorcycles Polaris Energica Ego Yamaha

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New Flyer adds 2016 Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero engine to Xcelsior bus lineup; debuting in LA

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the largest heavy-duty transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, is adding the 2016 Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero engine ( earlier post ) to its Xcelsior bus family. New Flyer is the first transit manufacturer to offer the industry’s cleanest certified engine and will deliver the first original OEM installation of a the engine in the third quarter of 2016. Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc.,

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Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for September 2016

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With 2017 models arriving in larger numbers, carmakers and dealers are eager to move inventory of leftover 2016 vehicles. We have several 2016 models this month that are about to be displaced, and are consequently heavily incentivized. It's once again time to survey the best deals on hybrid, electric, diesel, and fuel-efficient gasoline cars. car buying Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars deals

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FTA to award up to $55M in 2016 Low or No Emission Program for transit vehicles

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $55 million of Fiscal Year 2016 funds ( FTA-2016-003-TPM ) for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities under the Low or No Emission Program (Low-No) Program. FTA also announced the availability of approximately $211 million of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.

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2016 Mazda CX-9 shows 32% improvement in EPA-estimated fuel economy over predecessor; SKYACTIV-G 2.5 turbo

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Mazda North American Operations released EPA-estimated fuel economy figures for its all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9. Certified at an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway/25 mpg combined, when equipped with front-wheel drive, the 2016 CX-9 achieves best-in-class (MY 2016 midsize, three-row, non-hybrid crossover SUVs for sale in the US) city and combined fuel economy ratings and class-leading highway fuel economy. At the heart of the 2016 CX-9 is its new SKYACTIV-G 2.5T

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DLR presents HY4 4-passenger fuel cell hybrid electric aircraft at 2016 Hannover Messe

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DLR is presenting the HY4—a four-seater passenger fuel cell hybrid electric aircraft prototype ( earlier post )— at the 2016 Hannover Messe, along with research and development partners Hydrogenics, Pipistrel, H2FLY, the University of Ulm and Stuttgart Airport. The HY4 is due to take off for its maiden flight in the summer of 2016.

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Edmunds.com: number of leased vehicles reaches all-time high in first half of 2016

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More new vehicles in the US were leased in the first half of 2016 than during the first half of any other year in history, according to the latest Lease Market Report from Edmunds.com, the leading car shopping and information network. Lease volume has doubled in the last five years, suggesting that the automotive market could be on the verge of a fundamental shift in consumer mindset about the value of owning a new vehicle—particularly when the purchase has to be financed.

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Ford only automaker on Ethisphere Institute’s list of 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies

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Ford Motor Company is the only automaker named a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere Institute today; this marks the seventh consecutive year Ethisphere Institute has named Ford a World’s Most Ethical Company. and Tier 1 supplier Delphi Automotive also made the 2016 list.

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2016 Los Angeles Auto Show green-car preview

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The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show gets underway this week, and a few notable green cars are expected to debut there. The current popularity of crossover utility vehicles is evident in the numerous new or redesigned crossover models lined for the L.A. show. A smattering of other models will debut as well, but crossovers could very well represent the. Los Angeles Auto Show new cars

JATO: Global car sales up by 2.8% in Q1 2016 due to SUV boost in China and Europe

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million LCVs and passenger car units were sold across all segments globally in Q1 2016—a 2.8% The popularity of SUVs in China has been an ongoing source of growth, and the trend continued last quarter, with the country accounting for 36% of total sales in Q1 2016. in Q1 2016. Q1 2016 saw dramatic changes as the SUV category increased its market dominance. JATO Dynamics reports that 20.44

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Faurecia wins JEC World 2016 Innovation Award for “one-shot” composite manufacturing process; mass production slated for 2018

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Faurecia has won a JEC World 2016 Innovation Award for its “one-shot” manufacturing process for visible composite parts; the approach combines structure and aspect in a single part. Faurecia will be in a position to offer the new solution in response to customer consultations for tailgates, trunk lids, seat cushions and other semi-structural parts in the second half of 2016. Faurecia will receive the award on 8 March at the JEC World 2016 trade show in Paris.

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Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for December 2016

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As 2016 winds down, we have one last round of deals on green cars for the year. We also have the very first deals on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car and 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid—two high-anticipated models just now going on sale. And as usual, we've got other notable deals on electric-car and plug-in hybrid models as. car buying Plug-In Hybrids deals

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BASF 2016 science competition seeks synthetic lubricant solutions for future high-efficiency vehicles

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Proposals are being accepted until 9 May 2016. BASF has kicked off its second annual North American Science Competition. This year’s competition focuses on chemistries that can be used to develop a synthetic fluid to meet the needs of future high-performance, high-efficiency engines and transmissions. With more advanced machinery, lubricating and functional fluids represent a steadily growing industry projected to reach $11 billion by 2020.

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Audi unveils redesigned R18 diesel hybrid Le Mans racer for 2016 season

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Audi unveiled its redesigned R18 diesel hybrid Le Mans racer for the 2016 World Endurance Championship (WEC) season. Starting in the 2016 season, this competition will intensify, as the upper limit for fuel consumption will considerably decrease by 10 megajoules per lap at Le Mans. From the 2016 season on, there will be a track-specific limitation imposed on power output in addition to the previous energy classes.

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JATO Dynamics: European new car registrations buoyed by SUVs during February 2016

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in February 2016, marking the 30 th consecutive month of year-on-year growth, according to figures from JATO Dynamics. The month’s increase was more than double the rise posted in January 2016, and six percentage points higher than the growth seen in February 2015 when compared to February 2014. European new car registrations grew by 13.8% The SUV segment continued to rule the market last month, gaining further market share at the expense of more traditional segments.

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NSC: US motor vehicle fatalities up 9% in 1H 2016; trending toward deadliest driving year since 2007

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Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC) indicate motor vehicle deaths were 9% higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18% higher than two years ago at the six month mark. An estimated 19,100 people have been killed on US roads since January, and 2.2 million were seriously injured. The total estimated cost of these deaths and injuries is $205 billion. The upward trend began in late 2014 and shows no signs of decreasing.

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BMW Connected North America makes its world debut at Microsoft Build 2016; powered by Azure

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BMW Connected, a new personal mobility companion, made its world debut at Microsoft Build 2016, Microsoft’s developer conference, last week. The first version—called BMW Connected North America—is now available at the Apple App Store to BMW ConnectedDrive customers in the US for iOS devices.

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Volkswagen unveils T-Prime Concept GTE AWD plug-in hybrid SUV at Auto China 2016

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Volkswagen unveiled the T-Prime Concept GTE all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid in a world premiere at Auto China 2016 in Beijing. The concept fulls-size SUV previews the future Volkswagen SUV. The T-Prime Concept GTE features Volkswagen’s new Curved Interaction Area—a new digital display and control concept.

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Groupe Renault taking two actions to reduce real-world NOx from diesel Euro 6b vehicles; deploying in July 2016

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The measures will be applied in factory on diesel Euro 6b vehicles from July 2016. From October 2016, customers who have already taken delivery of a Diesel Euro 6b vehicle can arrange to have the modifications applied, free of charge, via a visit to their Renault dealer. Existing Euro 6b Diesel models will progressively include these features in production, starting from July 2016.

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