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New Toyota Prius will be most efficient yet - 94.2mpg, 70g/km CO2 – due Q1 2016
The fourth gen hybrid saloon will be more rewarding to drive than the previous model.
Kia aims to be green car leader by 2020 with new hydrogen and plug-in models
Kia will almost triple the number of green cars in its range by 2020 from four to 11 models, as it seeks to become one of the leading names in low emitting cars. The South Korean carmaker wants to improve fuel efficiency by 25% over 2014 levels, and will kick off its eco-drive in 2016 with the introduction of the 119mpg Optima plug-in electric hybrid, and the Niro hybrid compact SUV, which has CO2 emissions of 90g/km. A hydrogen fuel cell vehicle – capable of around 500 miles - will also join the Kia range by 2020, with Kia targeting sales of around 1,000 units a year in light of anti...
Kia plans Niro hybrid crossover for late 2016
Kia has revealed plans to build a hybrid compact SUV called the Niro. Designed “in isolation from existing Kia models”, the Niro will use a dedicated eco-car platform and is expected to enter production in late 2016. The Korean company already offers the high-riding Soul as an electric vehicle (EV), but should the Niro come to the UK, it will be the firm’s first hybrid to go on sale in Britain. Little is known about the vehicle itself apart from these sketches, but Kia has announced that it is targeting sub-90g/km CO2 emissions and “class-leading” fuel economy. Kia hopes to achieve this...
Volkswagen scandal spreads to CO2 emissions and petrol engines
Volkswagen has admitted that “irregularities” in CO2 emission and fuel economy testing have been found in an estimated 800,000 vehicles fitted with “small” petrol and diesel engines. On Tuesday evening, the Wolfsburg-based firm said: “The CO2 levels and thus the fuel consumption figures for some models were set too low during the CO2 certification process.” Although some of the cars affected are petrol-powered, the majority use diesel engines. The total cost of the problem is not yet known, but VW has estimated the “economic risks” at €2bn (£1.42bn). In a statement, the VW Supervisory...
Europe proposes relaxed emissions legislation
The European Commission has announced plans to relax the Euro 6 emissions regulation as scrutiny of emissions testing is increased. Euro 6 emission rules currently state that no vehicle sold today will emit more than 80mg of nitrogen oxides (NOx) per kilometre travelled, but that limit could effectively be doubled to 160g/km until 2019. The move comes just a month after the ‘dieselgate’ scandal, in which Volkswagen’s diesel engines were found to be emitting 40 times more NOx than the prescribed limit, except under test conditions. Accusations have also been levelled at other manufacture...
U.N. aims for carbon-neutral summit with Renault-Nissan EV fleet
Around 200 Nissan and Renault electric vehicles will form the first fully electric shuttle service for the United Nation’s climate conference in Paris next month.