Geely Auto forms new premium electric car company Zeekr; SEA EV architecture

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Geely Auto Group (Geely Auto) officially announced the widely reported formation of Zeekr—a new electric mobility technology and solutions company based in China that will serve growing global demand for premium electric vehicles.

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CAR: US light-duty vehicle sales to dip in 2019

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The Center for Automotive Research’s (CAR’s) updated automotive sales outlook forecasts US light-duty vehicle sales at 16.8 US Light Vehicle Sales, 2015-2018, and CAR’s Forecast, 2019-2025. million units for 2019. CAR’s forecast includes a continuation of sales declines in 2020 and 2021 down to 16.5 million units in 2021. CAR projects sales to rebound to 16.8 million units by 2022 and continue an upward trend through 2025.

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Auto Alliance urges EPA to withdraw premature Final Determination on light-duty GHG regulations, resume Midterm Evaluation process with NHTSA

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The Auto Alliance has sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting that the US Environmental Protection Agency withdraw the Final Determination on the Appropriateness of the Model Year 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards under the Midterm Evaluation which EPA announced on 13 January 2017.

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Motherson Group collaborating with UBQ to bring carbon-negative thermoplastics into auto parts

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The companies are joining efforts to implement the carbon-negative UBQ thermoplastic ( earlier post ) into auto parts manufactured by Motherson Group for the automotive industry.

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StreetScooter showcases all-new versions of successful WORK and WORK L electric light commercial vehicles

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StreetScooter has presented the next generation of its successful all-electric light commercial vehicles (eLCVs): the WORK and WORK L. StreetScooter is a well-known early bird in the electric light commercial vehicle sector. Other standard features on the list are heated driver and passenger seats, electric adjustable heated side mirrors, an infotainment system with a Bluetooth hands-free system that uses DAB+, and Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto.

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IHS Markit: average age of cars and light trucks in US rises again in 2019 to 11.8 years

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The average age of light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the US has risen again this year to 11.8 From 2002-2007, the average age of light vehicles in the US increased by 3.5%. Light vehicles in operation in the US have now reached a record level of more than 278 million according to the analysis—an increase of more than 5.9 The oldest light vehicles are found in the West at 12.4 In addition, the light vehicle fleet is not aging at the same rate across regions.

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IHS Markit: global auto sales to drop 22% this year

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IHS Markit cut its forecasts for global light vehicle sales and production as the impact COVID-19 impact has depressed demand. According the new analysis, global light vehicle sales are now forecast to be 69.6 IHS Markit forecasts a similar decline for global light vehicle production, falling to 69.3 The pandemic remains a clear and present danger to the autos sector, with months of uncertainty expected to cloud hopes for global recovery prospects.

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Green Car Preview: 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Media days for the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show begin next week, which means a new round of production and concept cars is about to be revealed. So far, it looks like the Los Angeles show will be a little light on hybrids and plug-in electric cars. Los Angeles Auto ShowBut there will still be several fuel-efficient models of note debuting there. DON'T MISS: Expect A.

Toyota Prius AWD-e: Going light on the rear motor helps it hit 50 mpg

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The all-wheel drive version of the Toyota Prius introduced last week at the LA Auto Show earns an astoundingly good EPA fuel economy rating of 50 mpg combined—nearly as good as the 52 mpg earned by much of the Prius lineup (LE, XLE and Limited). Los Angeles Auto Show all-wheel drive

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EPA proposes leaving light-duty vehicle GHG standards for MY 2022-2025 unchanged

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed leaving the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for light-duty vehicle model years 2022-2025 in place, based on its technical analysis that shows automakers are well positioned to meet the targets. As part of the rulemaking establishing the model year 2017-2025 light-duty vehicle GHG standards, EPA committed to conduct a Midterm Evaluation of standards for model years 2022-2025.

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Dana showcasing electrified technologies at Auto Shanghai

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At Auto Shanghai 2017, Dana Incorporated is showcasing select technologies from its Spicer Electrified portfolio of fully integrated motor, control, and e-drive technologies, as well as thermal-management products for electric and hybrid vehicles. Chinese auto buyers purchased almost half of all the plug-in electric vehicles sold in the world last year, and Chinese officials have set ambitious goals for the further adoption of hybrid- and electric-powered vehicles in the decades ahead.

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Toyota introducing Corolla Hybrid to US at LA Auto Show; at least 50 mpg

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Toyota is introducing the Corolla Hybrid to the US market at the LA Auto Show. ECO mode: Improves hybrid system efficiency by limiting power in response to light to moderate accelerator pedal input. Brake Hold, when engaged, is a convenient technology that reduces driver effort while waiting at a traffic light or while driving in heavy traffic. PCS is able to detect a vehicle or pedestrian in day and low-light conditions, as well as a bicycle during daylight.

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Volkswagen showcasing electric I.D. BUZZ CARGO, Cargo e-Bike concepts at LA Auto Show

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At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen is showcasing two electric concepts. BUZZ CARGO,in its auto show debut, is an electric panel van concept based on the MEB toolkit that offers up to 340 miles of range on the WLTP cycle. The original Volkswagen Transporter is arguably the most recognizable light commercial vehicle of all time. With the auto show premiere of the I.D. An 8.6-square-foot light integrated in the roof makes access to the items even easier and quicker.

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BMW i4 EV’s debut at the Geneva Auto Show gets cancelled by COVID-19!

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March 3 rd , 2020: with the Geneva Auto Show cancelled due to the coronavirus, automakers have been forced to present their new cars via digital debuts online. Both won prestigious awards and added impetus to the public’s perception that e-mobility is where the auto industry is headed.

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EPA: GHG emissions standards for cars and light trucks should be revised; joint process with NHTSA (updated with more reactions)

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the completion of the Midterm Evaluation (MTE) process for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025, and his final determination that the current standards are not appropriate and should be revised. auto industry backward, and we will vigorously defend the existing clean vehicle standards and fight to preserve one national clean vehicle program.”.

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

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However, IHS Automotive analysts still expect light vehicle sales in China to grow by 7% in 2015 to 25.2 million units, aided with increased auto finance penetration, fast dealership expansion and government vehicle scrappage programs. —Lin Huaibin, manager, China light vehicle sales forecast, IHS Automotive. North America continues to be an impetus to global light vehicle demand levels. The IHS Automotive US light vehicle sales forecast for 2015 is 16.9

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Foton Motor and motorcycle leader Piaggio Group partner on development of light commercial vehicles; EVs to come

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Foton Motor and Piaggio Group signed the agreement for a joint development project for new light-duty commercial vehicle products in Italy. The new four-wheel light-duty commercial vehicle products for the European market are based on the present mini-truck product platform of Foton Motor, inherit the advantages of Foton Motor’s mini-trucks in terms of product quality, driving/riding comfort, and fuel-economy.

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Volvo Cars reveals user interface for self-driving cars: IntelliSafe Auto Pilot

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Volvo Cars designed its IntelliSafe Auto Pilot to be simple and intuitive; autonomous mode is activated and deactivated with specially-designed paddles on the steering wheel. When entering a route where autonomous driving is available, the car gives the driver a message that the Auto Pilot is ready. At the same time, lights on the steering-wheel paddles start flashing. Following its use in Drive Me, the IntelliSafe Auto Pilot will then be introduced to the general public.

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Consumer Reports calls for major safety improvements across auto industry after NTSB findings in Tesla investigation

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In light of new findings by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) related to investigation of a fatal Tesla crash in 2018 related to Tesla Autopilot, Consumer Reports called for manufacturers to include key safety features in any vehicle that has an active driving assistance system and for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure that is the case.

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Volkswagen Group of America joins LIFT for automotive light-weighting research; first automotive OEM member

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Light-weighting is critical for the future of our vehicles, not only to improve on fuel economy, but also to help improve vehicle performance. Bringing an automotive OEM into membership alongside our present auto suppliers and industry OEMs members creates an enhanced robust ecosystem, allowing participants from across industries to work together and learn from each other. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

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Carbon and Automobili Lamborghini partner to manufacture digitally auto parts at scale

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Carbon Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology uses light and oxygen to produce products rapidly from a pool of resin. Digital Light Synthesis produces consistent and predictable mechanical properties, creating parts that are solid on the inside. CLIP, as reported in Science , uses digital light projection in combination with oxygen permeable optics. CLIP projects light through an oxygen-permeable window into a reservoir of UV-curable resin.

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Achates Power building 2.7L opposed-piston light-duty engine; exceeding CAFE 2025, Tier 3 targets at lower cost

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six-piston) light-duty version of its opposed piston engine (OPE) in both diesel- and gasoline-fueled versions. Achates will demonstrate the engine in 2018 in a driveable light-duty truck. The new Achates Power 2.7-liter OPE will deliver nominal power of 270 hp and max torque of 650 N·m (479 lb-ft); the vehicle will achieve 37 mpg—12% above the 33 mpg fully phased-in CAFE 2025 requirement for a full-size, light-duty pick-up truck (65-70 sq. Light-duty diesel OP.

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2016 New York Auto Show: green-car preview

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One week from tomorrow, the 2016 New York Auto Show will open its doors to reporters from around the world for two media-preview days. So far, New York is relatively light on green. New York Auto Show plug-in carsWe know already that there will be a new version of the Toyota Prius unveiled there, but a few other concepts and production models will make their debuts as well.

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EPA to maintain light-duty vehicle GHG standards unchanged through 2025

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In an expected ruling, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy finalized her decision to maintain the current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025 cars and light trucks. The EPA says that a wide variety of effective technologies are available to reduce GHG emissions from cars and light trucks, and that automakers are well positioned to meet the standards through model year 2025 at lower costs than the agency earlier predicted.

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Continental, Cummins, HARMAN, and ZF join Auto-ISAC for automotive cybersecurity

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Continental, Cummins, HARMAN, and ZF have joined the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) as original equipment supplier members. The four new members continue Auto-ISAC’s recent expansion beyond automakers, as the organization acknowledges the critical role that suppliers play in creating strong vehicle cybersecurity protections. —Jeff Massimilla of General Motors, Auto-ISAC’s Vice-Chairman.

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EPA re-opens Mid-Term Evaluation Process for light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards 2022-2025

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced that EPA intends to reconsider its final determination issued on 12 January 2017 which recommended no change to the greenhouse gas standards for light duty vehicles for model years 2022- 2025.

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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 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 This represents the highest annual increase the auto industry has seen in the US since it began tracking VIO growth, breaking the record of 2.1%

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NHTSA to move ahead with regulations for vehicle-to-vehicle communications for light vehicles

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The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles as the next generation of auto safety. Vehicle-to-vehicle technology represents the next generation of auto safety improvements, building on the life-saving achievements we’ve already seen with safety belts and air bags.

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Volvo Cars’ 90 Series cars receive powertrain, safety and connectivity updates including Android Auto

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The Swedish carmaker’s smartphone integration offer, which already includes Apple CarPlay, will now come with Android Auto functionality in Volvo’s large driver interface. Volvo Cars is also delivering two new connected safety systems that will make their debut in the XC90, S90 and V90: Slippery Road Alert and Hazard Light Alert which use the cloud to share safety-critical data between cars.

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New technique for modeling auto-ignition characteristics of bioethanol-blended gasolines

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Researchers at KAUST in Saudi Arabia, with colleagues from Saudi Aramco and the National University of Ireland Galway, have developed a new method for investigating the auto-ignition behavior of bioethanol-blended gasolines. Gasolines, one of the most widely used light duty automotive fuels, are complex mixtures containing hundreds of different chemical compounds such as alkanes, aromatics, naphthenes and olefins.

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GM Canada investing C$850M in R light-weighting materials, mechatronics, software and communications

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General Motors of Canada is making investments totaling $850 million in R&D in light-weighting materials, mechatronics, software and communications. We are encouraged that, thanks in part to that support, GM is now making important investments in the future of the auto sector and manufacturing in Canada. For example, GM has partnered with multiple suppliers to develop light-weighting initiatives for the next generation of vehicles.

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President Obama announces 54.5 mpge, 163 gCO2/mile target for MY2025 light-duty vehicles; California on board

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Light-duty vehicle fuel economy standards, 1978-2025. L/100km) or 163 g/mile of CO 2 for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. The President was joined by Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar/Land Rover, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volvo—which together account for more than 90% of all vehicles sold in the United States—as well as the United Auto Workers (UAW), and the State of California, who were integral to developing this agreement.

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Hyundai introduces 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at Chicago Auto Show

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Hyundai unveiled the redesigned 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at the Chicago Auto Show. Drivers are first alerted of a vehicle in the blind spot by warning lights in the side mirrors. Although the powertrains remain the same, the new Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid feature a comprehensive exterior and interior redesign, safety, suspension and new and improved infotainment and connectivity features.

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Kia unveils Soul EV at Chicago Auto Show

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Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2015 Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. The Soul EV also features Kia’s first use of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology. Soul EV. Click to enlarge. Scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2014, the Soul EV will be Kia’s first battery-electric car sold in the US. Kia also highlighted its Niro hybrid concept along with the 2014 Optima hybrid at the event.

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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The combined average age of all light vehicles on the road in the US has climbed slightly to 11.5 Registrations for light VIO in the US also reached a record level of 257,900,000—an increase of more than 5.3 million (2.1%) since last year and the highest annual increase the auto industry has seen in the US since IHS began tracking VIO growth. Average age for both passenger cars and light trucks increased just slightly in 2015, and both now stand at 11.5

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Ninth annual Green Innovation Index finds California light-duty vehicle emissions spike; major challenge to 2030 climate goals

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However, although the state has made considerable progress decoupling economic growth from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the rate of emissions decline appears to be slowing, due in part to a spike in transportation emissions attributed to an increase from light-duty vehicles. According to the report, it appears that emissions from light-duty vehicles accounted for the entire increase in GHG emissions. million MTCO 2 e) actually outpaced that of light-duty trucks and SUVs.

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Study finds moderate biofuel blends increase benefits of RCCI in light-duty engines

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of Wisconsin) investigated RCCI in a light-duty multi-cylinder engine over a wide number of operating points. However, because gasoline resists auto-ignition, it becomes difficult to achieve combustion at low-load conditions. Engine experiments were performed at ORNL using a 1.9L, 4-cylinder 2007 model light-duty diesel. E20 testing was conducted over a wide speed/load map representative of operation in a light-duty vehicle over the FTP75 cycle.

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New Ford Escape launching with two new EcoBoost engines with standard Auto Start-Stop

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The new Ford Escape, being showcased at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is the first Ford vehicle to make Auto Start-Stop standard with either of two EcoBoost engines new to the model—a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter twin-scroll. An indicator light provides a warning in the side mirror corresponding to the side on which the vehicle is approaching. Auto high-beam control: System automatically switches from high to low beams, and vice versa, depending on ambient lighting.

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Auto Alliance pushing for passage of Maryland SB 1234 that would require state purchase of ZEVs; 50% of LDVs by 2026

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance) is strongly supporting the passage of Maryland’s SB 1234 , a bill that would require the State of Maryland to purchase zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) for state fleets. The bill phases in a requirement that, by fiscal 2026, 50% of light-duty vehicles purchased for the State vehicle fleet be zero-emission vehicles. —Auto Alliance.

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Light duty RCCI can deliver engine-out Tier 2 Bin 5 NOx; potential for 52% gross indicated efficiency

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Rolf Reitz of the University of Wisconsin found that reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) ( earlier post ) in a light-duty engine can meet Tier 2 Bin 5 NO x levels without aftertreatment, while offering a 4% improvement in fuel consumption and 7.3% RCCI is a promising low-temperature combustion strategy offering a pathway to high-efficiency clean combustion using in-cylinder blending of fuels with different auto-ignition characteristics.

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Canada aligns with US on light-duty vehicle GHGs, Tier 3 regulations and heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency

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The final Regulations Amending the Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations for model year 2017 and beyond will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on 8 October. The proposed Tier 3 emission standards would apply to new passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and certain heavy-duty vehicles (such as delivery vans).

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

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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 sold, according to the report, or 46% of global auto sales. 2015 forecast share by region.

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BYD debuts E-SEED GT concept car, Song Pro SUV and e Series at 2019 Shanghai Auto Show

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Its interior features a panoramic skylight, automatic ambient lighting together with 90-110 degree adjustable rear seats. BYD debuted its E-SEED GT concept car and Song Pro SUV alongside its all-new e-series models at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. The company also showcased its latest Dynasty series of vehicles, which were recently unveiled at the company’s spring product launch in Beijing.

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