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Volvo Trucks start field tests of methane-diesel engines

Published: January 26, 2010

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Filed under: Volvo , Natural Gas , Carbon Capture , Europe/EU Volvo trucks has announced new field tests of bi-fuel methane-diesel engines in partnership with seven different Swedish companies, adding a new technology to the brand’s at-fuel tests with DME and hybrid engines. The new engines, which are based on the Euro-V compliant 7-liter model, reduce fuel consumption by 25 percent compared to standard diesels thanks to methane’s lean combustion


Peugeot updates 1.6-liter HDI engine to meet Euro-V regulations

Published: January 19, 2010

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Filed under: Diesel , PSA , Peugeot , Europe/EU The new year means it’s time for Peugeot to update its 1.6-liter HDI diesel engine and adapt it for the Euro V specifications. The new engine gets two additional horsepower added to the current 110 hp and its torque is increased by 12.5 percent. The existing overboost function increases available torque up to 270 Nm (200 pound-feet) when the gas pedal is pressed


Enter the rumormill: Porshe preparing 911 hybrid for 24 hours of Nürburgrig?

Published: January 6, 2010

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Filed under: Hybrid , Porsche , Japan , Germany Some people believe that the battle for low fuel consumption in passenger cars is a competition between diesel and hybrid gasoline cars. These two contenders are also fighting it out in resistance races, where the way to beat diesels such as the Peugeot 908 HDi and the Audi R15 TDI seems to be: go hybrid. This is exactly what Porsche might have in the works.


Enter the Rumormill: Porsche preparing 911 hybrid for 24 hours of Nürburgring?

Published: January 6, 2010

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Filed under: Hybrid , Porsche , Japan , Germany Some people believe that the battle for low fuel consumption in passenger cars is a competition between diesel and hybrid gasoline cars. These two contenders are also fighting it out in resistance races, where the way to beat diesels such as the Peugeot 908 HDi and the Audi R15 TDI seems to be: go hybrid. This is exactly what Porsche might have in the works


China extends vehicle scrappage scheme, increases maximum bonus

Published: January 5, 2010

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Filed under: Legislation and Policy , China China has announced the extension of the country’s vehicle scrappage scheme for 2010. Motorists will be able to trade in cars that are considered “highly pollutant” and receive a state subsidy worth between 5,000 yuan (about $730) and 18,000 yuan ($2,600), which is a significant increase over last year’s maximum of 6,000 yuan. A “highly polluting” car is either a gasoline car that doesn’t qualify for the first tier of Chinese emission regulations (e.g., early VW Santanas) or diesels that don’t qualify for the third tier.


French postal service finally chooses the Venturi-powered Citroën Berlingo

Published: December 25, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Citroen After the call for offers by La Poste, the French Postal Service , a 250-unit contract for electric delivery vans has been awarded to the Citroën Berlingo First . The model, which is based on the standard Citroën Berlingo, features batteries and a powertrain developed by Venturi. The specs


Fiat confirms 2-cylinder SGE powertrain for 2010

Published: December 25, 2009

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Filed under: Fiat Fiat 500 Multiair concept – Click image for gallery Fiat’s rumored 2-cylinder engine has finally been confirmed for the Fiat 500 and will start production in Poland next year. The small displacement engine, called SGE, uses all the goodies from Multiair technology and is able squeeze three different power levels from the out its 900 cc


A little piece of history: Toyota’s first hybrid [w/VIDEO]

Published: December 16, 2009

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Filed under: Hybrid , Toyota , Japan Toyota Sports 800 GT Hybrid – Click above to watch the video after the break Now that Toyota has announced it will bring a new hybrid concept vehicle to the Detroit Auto Show , let’s take a look back in history and remember Toyota’s first hybrid car, the Toyota Sports 800 GT Hybrid.


BMW rumored to quit hydrogen but just dropping Hydrogen 7

Published: December 15, 2009

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Filed under: Hydrogen , BMW BMW Hydrogen 7 – click above for high-res image gallery We hadn’t heard much about BMW’s Hydrogen 7 for a while. Some people thought this signaled the end of the Bavarian marque’s interest in hydrogen technology.


Nissan announces 2010 facelift for the Qashqai, includes low-CO2 version

Published: December 4, 2009

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Filed under: Diesel , Nissan , Europe/EU Nissan has decided to update the successful European-model Qashqai for the next model year. We’ve come to expect aesthetic changes in these yearly revamps, like the LED daytime lights


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