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US eases fuel economy and emissions targets, China may follow
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2nd Apr 2020
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US eases fuel economy and emissions targets, China may follow

The US Government has completed a rollback of emissions targets in an attempt to support the car manufacturing industry – and it appears China may follow suit, according to reports from Reuters. Renewed emissions targets in the US will see the proposed mandatory five per cent annual increase in efficiency until 2026 – introduced by the previous Obama administration – reduced to just 1.5 per cent.
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Liam Murphy
Honda develops safer front airbags
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26th Aug 2019
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Honda develops safer front airbags

Honda engineers in the USA have developed a new kind of front passenger airbag, designed to be more effective in front-on accidents. Where conventional airbags use only one inflating component, the new Honda unit relies on four: a large central chamber, two chambers inflating outwards off the side, and a 'sail panel' linking the two outboard sections.
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Scott Collie
Volkswagen Beetle ends production
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11th Jul 2019
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Volkswagen Beetle ends production

Volkswagen has produced the very last Beetle at its Puebla facility in Mexico, marking the end of an eight-year production run for the third-generation model. The final vehicle – a ‘Denim Blue’ Beetle coupe – will be put on display at the company’s museum in Puebla “as a lasting tribute to the automobile’s rich and storied heritage”.
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James Wong
Smart to exit the US
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29th Apr 2019
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Smart to exit the US

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Derek Fung
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29th Apr 2019
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Smart to exit the US

Smart 2019, Mercedes-Benz 2019
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Derek Fung
Audi e-tron gets disappointing EPA range estimate
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5th Apr 2019
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Audi e-tron gets disappointing EPA range estimate

Audi's US division has released the EPA-rated driving range for its e-tron quattro SUV ahead of a sales launch in the region next month, and it's not as good as you might expect. Official testing rates the e-tron as being capable of 204mi (328km) per charge, which is significantly behind its key rivals – namely the Jaguar I-Pace (234mi, 376.6km) and Tesla Model X Long Range (295mi, 474.7km).
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James Wong
Tesla Model 3 'Standard Range' now on sale in the US
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28th Feb 2019
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Tesla Model 3 'Standard Range' now on sale in the US

Tesla has finally released the affordable Model 3 it's been promising for so long, now available to order in the States for US$35,000 ($49,300) before incentives. Jumping on the company's US configurator shows new variants, dubbed 'Standard Range' and 'Standard Range Plus', the latter costing US$2000 more ($2818). Specifications for the Standard Range are as follows: 220mi (354km) of range, a top speed of 130mph (209km/h), and a 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time of 5.6 seconds.
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James Wong