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Step forward for mega trucks after Sweden approval

[Updated: Adds comment] The Swedish Transport Laboratory has granted permission to Scania to operate rigs of 31.5m (103ft) between Södertälje and Helsingborg in Sweden. Before the decision was made, the Swedish Transport Energy completed a series of stability tests on the 31.5-metre long vehicles to demonstrate that they do not ...

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Safety still beating connectivity in consumer preference

Cars are becoming increasingly intelligent and are moving more towards being computers on wheels. It has been widely reported that consumers want the power of their smartphone available in their cars, but although technologies enabling infotainment are popular, a Kelley Blue Book report shows that car buyers rank safety features ...

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Proposed mandatory emissions standards for Australia

The Climate Change Authority has suggested that if Australia introduced mandatory emissions standards for light vehicles, it could almost double the fuel efficiency of its new vehicle fleet by 2025, and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.

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Engine awards shine spotlight on latest trends, developments

International engine of the year awards 2014 logo

In automotive engineering, there is currently a big focus on improving engine efficiency and fuel economy. With increasing competition from alternative powertrains, internal combustion engine engineers have to come up with new ways to tackle problems, including boosting, downsizing, lightweighting, down-speeding, and direct fuel injection. The International Engine of the ...

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Top trending safety list

The ongoing GM recall scandal has thrown automotive safety into the limelight. However, despite recall numbers in the millions, sales remain unaffected. Is this because consumers don’t think it will happen to them, or that while the automotive media has widely reported on the issue, consumers are generally unaware of ...

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GM snags another fuel cell partner

GM fuel cell logo

The US Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and GM have announced that they are partnering to accelerate the reduction of automotive fuel cell stack costs through fuel cell material and manufacturing R&D. While many OEMs have been working on developing fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), the cost ...

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Toyota sets date for FCV launch in Japan


Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle (FCV) sedan will be launched in March 2015 in Japan, before being made available in the US and Europe in the summer of 2015. This is the first specific timeframe for its FCV, which it had previously said would launch “in 2015”. The OEM announced the ...

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Renault at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Renault will parade its amazing breadth of creativity at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a wide-ranging array of competition cars of extraordinary variety, and a series of concept cars that shine a glamorous light on the brand’s dazzling future. A celebration of Renault’s 37-year long commitment to Formula ...

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2014 BMW 2 series earns TOP SAFETY PICK+

The 2014 BMW 2 series, a midsize luxury car, earns the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award for good performance in the Institute’s crashworthiness evaluations and an advanced rating for front crash prevention. It is the first BMW model to earn either of the Institute’s safety awards for 2014 and the first BMW ...

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Euro NCAP: 5 stars for the Golf Sportsvan

Volkswagen Group

Top result for the new multifaceted compact van from Volkswagen The new Golf Sportsvan today received the top award of five stars from the independent European consumer protection organisation Euro NCAP. With its top-class package of safety features made up of robust vehicle body structure, highly effective combination of seat ...

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