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NSW government backflips on regular unleaded ban
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NSW government backflips on regular unleaded ban

The New South Wales government has backflipped on its decision to ban standard unleaded petrol following criticism that it would increase motorists’ fuel bills. NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell last night confirmed the controversial plan – which was to be introduced from July 1, 2012 – would be axed...


One in seven Californian cars must be electric by 2025
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One in seven Californian cars must be electric by 2025

More than one in seven cars sold in California by 2025 will be plug-in hybrid, fully electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles according to a new set of regulations approved by the environmentally focused US state. Automotive News reports the Advanced Clean Car program, which is intended to reduce vehicle greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions, could see more than 1...


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...


Infiniti sports car concept previewed
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Infiniti sports car concept previewed

Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti has released teaser images of a new electric-powered sports car concept it will unveil at the 2012 Geneva motor show. Infiniti, which is launching its brand in Australia in 2012, says the concept is being developed to demonstrate how electric vehicles can combine high performance with low emissions...


Daihatsu FC ShoCase, PICO, D-X, Mira e:S concepts set for Tokyo show
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Daihatsu FC ShoCase, PICO, D-X, Mira e:S concepts set for Tokyo show

Daihatsu is preparing four new concepts for the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show at the end of this month. The FC ShoCase, the PICO, the D-X, and the Mira e:S concepts will all exhibit dramatic designs and features on the Daihatsu stand. First up is the Daihatsu FC ShoCase. The design is a little bit like a shoebox, although some have also likened it to a toaster...


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...


Pininfarina hybrid bus concept adapts technology to existing platforms
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Pininfarina hybrid bus concept adapts technology to existing platforms

Famous Italian design company Pininfarina has unveiled an innovative Pininfarina hybrid bus concept which uses an existing bus platform, matched with a modern hybrid powertrain setup. It may seem a bit strange that a company responsible for the design of some of the world's most beautiful cars, such as the Ferrari 250, Alfa Romeo GTV and the Maserati GranTurismo, as well as many other supercars, is also thinking of ways to conserve the environment for the future...


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...


Floods force Japanese carmakers to suspend production in Thailand
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Floods force Japanese carmakers to suspend production in Thailand

Japan’s major vehicle manufacturers have been forced to stop production in Thailand as floods continue to wreak havoc on the region. Japan Automobile Manufacturer’s Association chairman Toshiyuki Shiga confirmed all nine Japanese carmakers with plants in Thailand had been forced to stop production this week...


Car emissions reduce baby weight: Australian study
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Car emissions reduce baby weight: Australian study

A Western Australian study has revealed car exhaust emissions are responsible for lowering the birth weight of babies. Researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Telethon Institute of Child Health Research found that mothers living in suburbs with average levels of vehicle emissions gave birth to children weighing 58g below their expected weight...


Microcab H2EV hydrogen fuel cell car to debut in UK this week
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Microcab H2EV hydrogen fuel cell car to debut in UK this week

Specialist British carmaker Microcab will launch its all-new Microcab H2EV vehicle in the UK later this week. The H2EV uses hydrogen fuel cell technology which provides a range of around 160km of environmentally-friendly travel. A small fleet of Microcab H2EV vehicles will be given to West Midlands’ CABLED (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrator) for testing and to see how the technology copes within the current infrastructure...


Coffee-powered car breaks world land-speed record
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Coffee-powered car breaks world land-speed record

A small team of entrepreneurial engineers from the UK has set a Guinness World Record by breaking the land-speed record in a car powered by coffee. Coffee Car Mk2 hit a top speed of 77.5mph (124.7km/h) and an average speed of 66.5mph (107.0km/h) on the return run to officially claim the world record for a vehicle run on gas from organic waste...


Car fumes can bring on heart attacks: UK study
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Car fumes can bring on heart attacks: UK study

UK health experts have warned exposure to heavy traffic fumes can bring on a heart attack. A report published in the British Medical Journal found you have an increased risk of suffering a heart attack during the six hours directly after being exposed to high levels of pollution...


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...


$63M grant to create 250 automotive jobs at Nexteer in Melbourne
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$63M grant to create 250 automotive jobs at Nexteer in Melbourne

A $63 million government grant awarded to a Melbourne-based power steering and driveline component supplier will create more than 250 local automotive industry jobs and help reduce fuel consumption and emissions around the world. Nexteer Australia will receive $63 million over the next three years from the Federal Government’s Green Car Innovation Fund (GCIF), as well as additional funding from the Victorian Government...


SignalGuru smart phone app saves fuel by avoiding red lights
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SignalGuru smart phone app saves fuel by avoiding red lights

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton Univertsity have developed a new smart phone app called the SignalGuru. Developers claim the app can help reduce fuel consumption in cars by as much much as 20 per cent, simply by avoiding red lights. The only problem with the SignalGuru app is that in order for it to work effectively, multiple motorist must be using it at the same time...


Ford Focus ECOnetic Technology uses just 3.4L/100km
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Ford Focus ECOnetic Technology uses just 3.4L/100km

UPDATE: Fuel consumption figures corrected to 3.4L/100km (corrected from incorrect conversion of 2.8L/100km) Ford has revealed the new Ford Focus ECOnetic Technology, a super fuel-efficient non-hybrid, ahead of its official 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show debut. The Focus ECOnetic Technology features a 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engine boasting fuel consumption figures of just 3...


General Motors develops new paint process, not yet for Holden
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General Motors develops new paint process, not yet for Holden

General Motors is introducing a new paint process in the US that saves money and slashes environmental impact, but Holden currently has no plans to introduce the technology to the production its Australia-made vehicles. The flame treatment technology lets paint stick to plastic vehicle parts like door panels and instrument clusters without the use of primers that contain solvents which pollute the air...


Would you fill your car with alligator fat fuel?
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Would you fill your car with alligator fat fuel?

Yesterday we asked you if you would drive a car with plastic made from recycled animal carcasses, and today we pose a similar question: would you drive a vehicle powered by fuel made from alligator fat? In the US, alligators are farmed for their skin and meat. The fat – all seven million kilograms of it – is simply sent to landfill to go to waste...