Toyota finds alternative to rare earth metals for hybrids: report
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Toyota finds alternative to rare earth metals for hybrids: report

Toyota has reportedly developed a way to produce its hybrid and electric vehicles without using scarce and expensive rare earth metals. Japan’s Kyodo News reports Toyota – the world’s largest manufacturer of hybrid vehicles – could have the technology ready for full-scale production within two years...


Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept teased ahead of 2012 Detroit motor show
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Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept teased ahead of 2012 Detroit motor show

Toyota has joined its luxury off-shoot Lexus in teasing images of a concept vehicle to be shown at January’s 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Japanese brand has revealed a picture of a contemporary-looking, LED-laden headlight that it says belongs to an “advanced plug-in hybrid concept vehicle” it is calling the NS4...


Ford Australia teams with Geocycle to recycle paint sludge
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Ford Australia teams with Geocycle to recycle paint sludge

Ford Australia is making its vehicle production process more environmentally friendly by recycling its waste paint sludge.   The paint sludge from Ford’s Broadmeadows plant is being used by Dandenong-based waste specialist Geocycle, which uses the sludge as an alternative source of fuel in its cement making process...


Land Rover Defender to soldier on until 2017: report
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Land Rover Defender to soldier on until 2017: report

Current Land Rover Defender production is set to continue until 2017, a recent Autocar report says, proving there could be more legs in the rough and rugged SUV yet. One of the hurdles the current Land Rover Defender faces, like every new model vehicle that comes out, is whether or not it can pass ever-tightening emissions regulations...


BMW leads automotive Dow Jones Sustainability Index sector
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BMW leads automotive Dow Jones Sustainability Index sector

BMW has been named the most sustainable automotive company in the recent Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) results. This is BMW's seventh consecutive year at the top of the charts in the Automobiles and Parts sector. The DJSI ranks 2500 of the world's largest corporations according to their environmental impact and in terms of of economic, environmental and social criteria...