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Australia's cars greener than ever, though still far worse than Europe - report
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Australia's cars greener than ever, though still far worse than Europe - report

Australia’s new vehicle fleet is ‘greener’ than ever before but our CO2 emissions average remains far above that of the UK and other European countries. The average CO2 emissions rating of all new passenger and light-commercial vehicles sold in Australia in 2013 improved 3.4 per cent to 192 grams per kilometre...


BMW i8 unveiled in Sydney
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BMW i8 unveiled in Sydney

The arrival of the first BMW i8 in Australia was heralded with a grand unveiling in Sydney. Built from the ground up to accommodate two separate drivetrains, a plug-in hybrid and a three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, the sleek lines are crafted from carbon fibre and set on an aluminium chassis. This environmentally friendly super car is capable of reaching 100km/h in 4...


BMW i3 : arrives November, priced from $63,900
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BMW i3 : arrives November, priced from $63,900

The BMW i3 will be priced from $63,900 when it goes on-sale in Australia in mid-November. Shown in Sydney for the first time - in conjunction with a first local appearance of the BMW i8 supercar - the i3 will be available with an electric-only drivetrain, called the BMW i3 BEV (battery electric vehicle), or with a range extending petrol engine (called the i3 REx) priced from $69,900 before on roads...


Paris pollution-based car restrictions end; 3859 drivers fined
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Paris pollution-based car restrictions end; 3859 drivers fined

Car restrictions resulting from dangerously high pollution levels in Paris have ceased, with levels dropping back below safe limits. During the ban, which permitted only those with odd-numbered registration plates to use the roads from 5:30am Monday until midnight the same day, a reported total of 3859 motorists were fined 22 euro ($34) for driving when disallowed...


Paris pollution levels trigger major traffic restrictions
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Paris pollution levels trigger major traffic restrictions

Dangerously high pollution levels in Paris have triggered major restrictions on motorists, with only those with odd-numbered registration plates allowed to drive on the city's streets yesterday. If Monday's restrictions continue, today will see motorists with even-numbered registration plates only permitted to use the roads...


Tesla Supercharger network now spreads across the US
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Tesla Supercharger network now spreads across the US

Tesla has completed its coast-to-coast Supercharger vehicle recharge network in the US, allowing Model S owners the possibility of driving from one side of the country to the other for free. The US electric car brand says its network of 71 Supercharger stations covers 80 per cent of the US population, and the company says it has plans to offer 98 per cent coverage at some point in 2015...


Tyre recycling scheme to find uses for old tyres, create new jobs
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Tyre recycling scheme to find uses for old tyres, create new jobs

A joint initiative of the Federal Government and the Australian tyre industry will explore new uses for almost 50 million tyres that are discarded domestically every year, with a view to creating new industries and jobs...


Road emissions causing 53,000 premature deaths annually: US study
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Road emissions causing 53,000 premature deaths annually: US study

A study by researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has found that emissions from road transportation are a larger contributor to pollutant-related mortalities in the US than those from power generation or industry. A team from MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment found that of the 200,000 premature deaths in the US caused by changes in concentrations of fine particulate matter measuring 2...


UK Liberal Democrats to ban petrol, diesel cars by 2040
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UK Liberal Democrats to ban petrol, diesel cars by 2040

The UK's Liberal Democrats Party, led by Nick Clegg, is proposing to ban petrol and diesel-powered passenger cars on English roads by 2040, allowing only electric and hybrid vehicles to be used. According to UK reports, the proposal would see the exclusive use of EVs and hybrids on UK arterials with the only exception to the petrol and diesel ban being for freight vehicles...


Vehicle emissions found to turn cholesterol from 'good' to 'bad'
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Vehicle emissions found to turn cholesterol from 'good' to 'bad'

A group of researchers and scientists in the US has found that breathing vehicle tailpipe emissions can turn 'good' cholesterol into 'bad' cholesterol, contributing to clogged and hardened arteries and other related health problems...


Mitsubishi i-MiEV set for pricing review
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Mitsubishi i-MiEV set for pricing review

The all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV is tipped to have its pricing reduced in the coming months, as the Japanese manufacturer battles an onslaught of newer, cheaper competition. Speaking at the launch of the new Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Australia product planning manager James Tol confessed that the i-MiEV all-electric micro-hatch looks overpriced alongside larger competition like the Nissan Leaf, in particular, but also the Holden Volt...


Volkswagen Eco Up! reduces emissions naturally
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Volkswagen Eco Up! reduces emissions naturally

A new natural gas-powered Volkswagen Up! has been launched, with the German powerhouse claiming the Volkswagen Eco Up! is the world's most fuel-efficient natural gas passenger car in the world. The enviro-friendly Volkswagen Eco Up! uses a newly developed version of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine found in the standard Volkswagen Up!, generating 50kW of power and 90Nm of torque, while consuming 2...


French mayor proposes ban on pre-1997 cars from Paris
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French mayor proposes ban on pre-1997 cars from Paris

Classic French cars like the Citroen DS, the Peugeot 205 and the Renault 4 will all be banned from the streets of Paris within two years if the city's mayor has his way. Socialist Party mayor Bertrand Delanoe proposed a plan to the city council on Monday that would see cars produced before 1997 banned from the city centre by September 2014...


Hyundai, Kia to reimburse US owners over false fuel efficiency claims
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Hyundai, Kia to reimburse US owners over false fuel efficiency claims

The US divisions of South Korean sister brands Hyundai and Kia will reimburse owners and adjust fuel economy ratings after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found discrepancies between the agency's own testing results and data submitted by the manufacturers...


1967 Ford XR Falcon: 600hp eco-friendly muscle car
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1967 Ford XR Falcon: 600hp eco-friendly muscle car

A 450kW 1967 Ford XR Falcon with a turbocharged 7.3-litre V8 powerplant is, believe it or not, the world's first elite eco-friendly custom-built muscle car and it will be on display at next month's 2012 Australian international motor show in Sydney. Called ZERO'D, the 'green' machine is based on a 45-year-old Ford XR Falcon but employs a recycled 7...


Nissan: Government support vital to EV success
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Nissan: Government support vital to EV success

Nissan’s global product planning chief says government support is the key to the successful introduction of electric vehicles and admits the take-up of cars like the Nissan Leaf in Australia will be hampered without any significant state or federal contribution...