The Truth About Cars » european union http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 20:50:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 ‘Green Cars Only’ Laws: Coming to a Debate Near You http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/green-cars-only-laws-coming-to-a-debate-near-you/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/green-cars-only-laws-coming-to-a-debate-near-you/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:35:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1327481 When you’re in conversation with a self-described urbanist, it’s usually impossible to avoid numerous references to Amsterdam, that progressive utopia of bikes, tulips, marijuana-smoking tourists, and more bikes. Well, expect to hear about it even more, now that Dutch parliament has passed a Dutch Labor Party motion to ban the sale of internal combustion vehicles in […]

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When you’re in conversation with a self-described urbanist, it’s usually impossible to avoid numerous references to Amsterdam, that progressive utopia of bikes, tulips, marijuana-smoking tourists, and more bikes. Well, expect to hear about it even more, now that Dutch parliament has passed a Dutch Labor Party motion to ban the sale of internal combustion vehicles in […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Green and Mean for ’16, EU Wants to Inspect ECUs, and Opel is Anti-rear-ending (In The Worst Way) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-green-mean-16-eu-wants-inspect-ecus-opel-anti-rear-ending-worst-way/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-green-mean-16-eu-wants-inspect-ecus-opel-anti-rear-ending-worst-way/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1274361 The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has released its Greenest and Meanest cars for 2016 — and it’s bookended by vehicles from Daimler. That, Europe wants to open up ECU code, Bosch says “You wouldn’t understand, so why bother?” and GayWheels takes aim at a possibly tasteless German Opel advert about, erm, rear-ending … after the […]

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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has released its Greenest and Meanest cars for 2016 — and it’s bookended by vehicles from Daimler. That, Europe wants to open up ECU code, Bosch says “You wouldn’t understand, so why bother?” and GayWheels takes aim at a possibly tasteless German Opel advert about, erm, rear-ending … after the […]

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Volkswagen’s Woes Mount, Fraud Office Investigating Misuse of Money http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/volkswagens-woes-mount-fraud-office-investigating-misuse-money/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/volkswagens-woes-mount-fraud-office-investigating-misuse-money/#comments Wed, 16 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1243641 The European Union’s anti-fraud office is investigating Volkswagen for misusing publicly funded loans to develop illegally cheating software in its cars, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Volkswagen was provided the low-interest loans by the European Investment Bank to develop engines that were more fuel-efficient and produce less carbon dioxide, according to the report. In […]

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The European Union’s anti-fraud office is investigating Volkswagen for misusing publicly funded loans to develop illegally cheating software in its cars, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Volkswagen was provided the low-interest loans by the European Investment Bank to develop engines that were more fuel-efficient and produce less carbon dioxide, according to the report. In […]

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Could Volkswagen Skate On A Technicality in Europe? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/volkswagen-skate-europe-technicality/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/volkswagen-skate-europe-technicality/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 18:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1217665 The New York Times is reporting that a loophole in emissions regulations for European cars could keep Volkswagen from paying billions to governments for illegally polluting cars. Regulators considered closing the loophole in 2011, but ultimately failed to do so, which could leave the escape hatch ever-so cracked for Volkswagen to run through. According to […]

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The New York Times is reporting that a loophole in emissions regulations for European cars could keep Volkswagen from paying billions to governments for illegally polluting cars. Regulators considered closing the loophole in 2011, but ultimately failed to do so, which could leave the escape hatch ever-so cracked for Volkswagen to run through. According to […]

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Total Recall: Volkswagen Group Will Fix 8.5M Vehicles in EU http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/total-recall-volkswagen-group-will-fix-8-5m-vehicles-eu/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/total-recall-volkswagen-group-will-fix-8-5m-vehicles-eu/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 17:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1196162 Volkswagen Group will recall 8.5 million vehicles in the European Union’s 28 member states, including the 2.4 million vehicles it is already being forced to recall by the KBA, Germany’s transportation authority, the automaker announced Thursday. Vehicles from the Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda brands are included in the recall. The latest EA 288 diesel engine is not part […]

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Volkswagen Group will recall 8.5 million vehicles in the European Union’s 28 member states, including the 2.4 million vehicles it is already being forced to recall by the KBA, Germany’s transportation authority, the automaker announced Thursday. Vehicles from the Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda brands are included in the recall. The latest EA 288 diesel engine is not part […]

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Everything Is Going Well Over In Europe (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/everything-going-well-europe-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/everything-going-well-europe-video/#comments Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:30:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1191338 Meanwhile, over in the EU, no one appears to have lost their minds over the Volkswagen scandal. Not at all. Totally sane.

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Meanwhile, over in the EU, no one appears to have lost their minds over the Volkswagen scandal. Not at all. Totally sane.

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EU Gains Not Enough to Stave Opel Production Reductions http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/eu-gains-not-enough-to-stave-opel-production-reductions/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/eu-gains-not-enough-to-stave-opel-production-reductions/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1119321 Recent sales growth in the EU hasn’t been kind to Opel as the group is forced to reduce hours at two German plants. According to Automotive News, Opel will cut production of the Adam and Corsa at Eisenach and Insignia and Zafira Tourer at Ruesselsheim. The move is due to Opel’s exit from the Russian […]

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Recent sales growth in the EU hasn’t been kind to Opel as the group is forced to reduce hours at two German plants. According to Automotive News, Opel will cut production of the Adam and Corsa at Eisenach and Insignia and Zafira Tourer at Ruesselsheim. The move is due to Opel’s exit from the Russian […]

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Automakers Rage Against UK’s Possible ‘Brexit’ From EU http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/automakers-rage-against-uks-possible-brexit-from-eu/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/automakers-rage-against-uks-possible-brexit-from-eu/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 16:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1078034 A handful of European automakers are lashing out against the prospect of the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” from the European Union via referendum in 2017. Ford Europe, Renault-Nissan and BMW have made it known there would be serious ramifications for the European auto industry and the U.K.’s role in it if the nation left the E.U. […]

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A handful of European automakers are lashing out against the prospect of the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” from the European Union via referendum in 2017. Ford Europe, Renault-Nissan and BMW have made it known there would be serious ramifications for the European auto industry and the U.K.’s role in it if the nation left the E.U. […]

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Honda Production Announcement Provides Best Indication For Imported Civic Hatchback http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/honda-production-announcement-provides-best-indication-imported-civic-hatchback/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/honda-production-announcement-provides-best-indication-imported-civic-hatchback/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:47:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1033665 On the heels of an announcement that Honda’s Alliston, Ontario plant will be the lead plant for the next generation Honda Civic, the same plant will also be responsible for building the next-generation CR-V for the European market. According to the CBC, as many as 40,000 CR-Vs could be exported to Europe. While the CR-V […]

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On the heels of an announcement that Honda’s Alliston, Ontario plant will be the lead plant for the next generation Honda Civic, the same plant will also be responsible for building the next-generation CR-V for the European market. According to the CBC, as many as 40,000 CR-Vs could be exported to Europe. While the CR-V […]

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T&E: First-Gen Biofuel Use In EU Face 6 Percent Cap By 2020 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/te-first-gen-biofuel-use-eu-face-6-percent-cap-2020/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/te-first-gen-biofuel-use-eu-face-6-percent-cap-2020/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1008250 Much like in the U.S., biofuel is an ongoing concern in the European Union, where those opposed recently gained a victory in restricting its use. European sustainable transportation group Transportation & Environment announced the EU Parliament’s Environment Committee decision this week to cap the amount of biofuel introduced into the continent’s fuel supply, restricting first-gen […]

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Much like in the U.S., biofuel is an ongoing concern in the European Union, where those opposed recently gained a victory in restricting its use. European sustainable transportation group Transportation & Environment announced the EU Parliament’s Environment Committee decision this week to cap the amount of biofuel introduced into the continent’s fuel supply, restricting first-gen […]

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German Automakers Rally In Support of US-EU Trade Agreement http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/german-automakers-rally-support-us-eu-trade-agreement/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/german-automakers-rally-support-us-eu-trade-agreement/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=989578 Leaders from Germany’s automotive sector held a rally Wednesday in Berlin to lend support to a transatlantic trade agreement heavily facing opposition. Automotive News reports the agreement between the European Union and the United States, which is supported by the likes of Daimler AG’s Dieter Zetsche, Volkswagen AG’s Martin Winterkorn, and even Germany’s chancellor Angela […]

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Leaders from Germany’s automotive sector held a rally Wednesday in Berlin to lend support to a transatlantic trade agreement heavily facing opposition. Automotive News reports the agreement between the European Union and the United States, which is supported by the likes of Daimler AG’s Dieter Zetsche, Volkswagen AG’s Martin Winterkorn, and even Germany’s chancellor Angela […]

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EU Withdraws 2020 Electric, Hydrogen Infrastructure Quota http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/eu-withdraws-2020-electric-hydrogen-infrastructure-quota/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/eu-withdraws-2020-electric-hydrogen-infrastructure-quota/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=930818 The European Union is withdrawing a mandated quota of EV and hydrogen refueling stations that are to be installed in member states by 2020. Instead, the governing body is asking each member install an “appropriate number” of publically accessible EV stations by the start of the new decade, with hydrogen due by 2025 for those […]

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The European Union is withdrawing a mandated quota of EV and hydrogen refueling stations that are to be installed in member states by 2020. Instead, the governing body is asking each member install an “appropriate number” of publically accessible EV stations by the start of the new decade, with hydrogen due by 2025 for those […]

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European Auto Execs Warn Too Stringent CO2 Regs Could Kill Local Industry http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/european-auto-execs-warn-stringent-co2-regs-kill-local-industry/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/european-auto-execs-warn-stringent-co2-regs-kill-local-industry/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=927626 While hot hatches and hypercar hybrids caught the attention of everyone at the 2014 Paris Auto Show, senior executives for some of Europe’s major automakers warned all who would listen that potentially stronger greenhouse-gas regs could prove “fatal” to the European auto industry. The Detroit Bureau reports European Union legislatures are considering issuing targets of […]

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While hot hatches and hypercar hybrids caught the attention of everyone at the 2014 Paris Auto Show, senior executives for some of Europe’s major automakers warned all who would listen that potentially stronger greenhouse-gas regs could prove “fatal” to the European auto industry. The Detroit Bureau reports European Union legislatures are considering issuing targets of […]

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EU Orders Germany To Cease Use Of R134a Within Two Months http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/eu-orders-germany-cease-use-r134a-within-two-months/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/eu-orders-germany-cease-use-r134a-within-two-months/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=920050 After months of investigation regarding the German government’s support of Daimler’s continued use of R134a — in violation of a law mandating use of refrigerants “with a global warming potential no more than 150 times that of carbon dioxide” — the European Commission has given Germany two months to comply with the law, or be […]

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After months of investigation regarding the German government’s support of Daimler’s continued use of R134a — in violation of a law mandating use of refrigerants “with a global warming potential no more than 150 times that of carbon dioxide” — the European Commission has given Germany two months to comply with the law, or be […]

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EU Fuel Economy, Emissions Testing Facing Major Overhaul http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/eu-fuel-economy-emissions-testing-facing-major-overhaul/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/eu-fuel-economy-emissions-testing-facing-major-overhaul/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=898602 The wildly optimistic fuel economy figures touted by auto makers in Europe could be in for a major revamp, as the EU looks to change the way these tests are conducted. Although new, slightly more stringent standards take effect next month would force auto makers to do things like conduct real road tests, rather than […]

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The wildly optimistic fuel economy figures touted by auto makers in Europe could be in for a major revamp, as the EU looks to change the way these tests are conducted. Although new, slightly more stringent standards take effect next month would force auto makers to do things like conduct real road tests, rather than […]

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Looming Retaliatory Sanctions Threaten Western Automakers In Russia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/looming-retaliatory-sanctions-threaten-western-automakers-russia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/looming-retaliatory-sanctions-threaten-western-automakers-russia/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=895362 Automotive exports from European and American manufacturers may suffer sanctions by Russia in retaliation for more sanctions imposed upon by the European Union and the United States. Reuters reports the financial damaged suffered by potential sanctions would vary, with automakers like Mercedes-Benz suffering the most thanks to a lack of local factories in Russia. The […]

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Automotive exports from European and American manufacturers may suffer sanctions by Russia in retaliation for more sanctions imposed upon by the European Union and the United States. Reuters reports the financial damaged suffered by potential sanctions would vary, with automakers like Mercedes-Benz suffering the most thanks to a lack of local factories in Russia. The […]

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European Automakers Face Challenge From New Emissions, Fuel Economy Tests http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/european-automakers-face-challenge-from-new-emissions-fuel-economy-tests/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/european-automakers-face-challenge-from-new-emissions-fuel-economy-tests/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=845505 Already facing financial challenges under a weak home economy, European automakers may soon have a new challenge to add to the list when the European Union adopts a more accurate method of testing CO2 emissions and fuel economy among their lineups, with EVs becoming the biggest beneficiaries as a result. Automotive News Europe reports the […]

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Already facing financial challenges under a weak home economy, European automakers may soon have a new challenge to add to the list when the European Union adopts a more accurate method of testing CO2 emissions and fuel economy among their lineups, with EVs becoming the biggest beneficiaries as a result. Automotive News Europe reports the […]

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French Court Overturns Sales Ban Of Daimler Vehicles Using R134a http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/french-court-overturns-sales-ban-of-daimler-vehicles-using-r134a/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/french-court-overturns-sales-ban-of-daimler-vehicles-using-r134a/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 12:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=815986 France’s Conseil d’Etat announced Monday that it has overturned the government’s ban of a handful of Mercedes-Benz vehicles over parent company Daimler’s refusal to cease usage of R134a coolant currently under phase-out by the European Union. Reuters reports the ban — issued by France’s ecology minister Ségolène Royal — was overturned after the court found […]

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France’s Conseil d’Etat announced Monday that it has overturned the government’s ban of a handful of Mercedes-Benz vehicles over parent company Daimler’s refusal to cease usage of R134a coolant currently under phase-out by the European Union. Reuters reports the ban — issued by France’s ecology minister Ségolène Royal — was overturned after the court found […]

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European Automakers Claimed To Use Testing Loopholes In Emissions Compliance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/european-automakers-claimed-to-use-testing-loopholes-in-emissions-compliance/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/european-automakers-claimed-to-use-testing-loopholes-in-emissions-compliance/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 13:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=813497 Though the European Environment Agency proclaimed new cars sold throughout the European Union in 2013 as being 4 percent cleaner than those sold in 2012, an environmentalist group says testing loopholes are the cause behind the results. Reuters reports Transport and Environment are urging the European Commission to quickly introduce new testing procedures for ensuring […]

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Though the European Environment Agency proclaimed new cars sold throughout the European Union in 2013 as being 4 percent cleaner than those sold in 2012, an environmentalist group says testing loopholes are the cause behind the results. Reuters reports Transport and Environment are urging the European Commission to quickly introduce new testing procedures for ensuring […]

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UK Diesels 21 Percent Cleaner Than A Decade Ago http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/uk-diesels-21-percent-cleaner-than-a-decade-ago/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/uk-diesels-21-percent-cleaner-than-a-decade-ago/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:30:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=782033 A study issued earlier this month by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has concluded that modern diesel engines in the United Kingdom are 21 percent cleaner than that were a decade earlier. Hybrid Cars reports the group’s New Car CO2 Report also found modern diesels to be 27 percent more economical than in […]

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A study issued earlier this month by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has concluded that modern diesel engines in the United Kingdom are 21 percent cleaner than that were a decade earlier. Hybrid Cars reports the group’s New Car CO2 Report also found modern diesels to be 27 percent more economical than in […]

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Coolant In Daimler-EU Dispute Found Safe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/coolant-in-daimler-eu-dispute-found-safe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/coolant-in-daimler-eu-dispute-found-safe/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:32:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=769690 An automotive coolant Daimler claims is too dangerous to use in their vehicles, despite the warnings from the European Union to cease usage of an older coolant considered harmful to the environment, was found to be safe according to a report made by EU scientists. Reuters reports the coolant in question, the Honeywell and DuPont […]

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An automotive coolant Daimler claims is too dangerous to use in their vehicles, despite the warnings from the European Union to cease usage of an older coolant considered harmful to the environment, was found to be safe according to a report made by EU scientists. Reuters reports the coolant in question, the Honeywell and DuPont […]

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PSA-Dongfeng Deal Backed By EU, Skepticism Remains http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/psa-dongfeng-deal-backed-by-eu-skepticism-remains/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/psa-dongfeng-deal-backed-by-eu-skepticism-remains/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=751025 The PSA Peugeot Citroen-Dongfeng-French government deal agreed upon by the three parties earlier this week received initial backing from the European Union, though skepticism remains as to whether the deal will bring stability to the ailing French automaker. Bloomberg and Automotive News Europe report French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici received a letter of initial backing […]

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The PSA Peugeot Citroen-Dongfeng-French government deal agreed upon by the three parties earlier this week received initial backing from the European Union, though skepticism remains as to whether the deal will bring stability to the ailing French automaker. Bloomberg and Automotive News Europe report French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici received a letter of initial backing […]

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EU Secretly Planning To Add Police-Controlled Kill Switch To All Cars By 2020 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/eu-secretly-planning-to-add-police-controlled-kill-switch-to-all-cars-by-2020/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/eu-secretly-planning-to-add-police-controlled-kill-switch-to-all-cars-by-2020/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:30:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=731658 The British Newspaper The Telegraph is reporting that, if senior European law enforcement officials have their way, all cars entering the European market may soon be fitted with a remote shutdown device that would allow police officers to electronically deactivate any vehicle at the touch of a button. According to the article, which appeared in […]

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The British Newspaper The Telegraph is reporting that, if senior European law enforcement officials have their way, all cars entering the European market may soon be fitted with a remote shutdown device that would allow police officers to electronically deactivate any vehicle at the touch of a button. According to the article, which appeared in […]

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European Auto Market Begins Climb Out Of Six-Year Descent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/european-auto-market-begins-climb-out-of-six-year-descent/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/european-auto-market-begins-climb-out-of-six-year-descent/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:30:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=727082 After six consecutive years of falling auto sales, the European automotive industry group ACEA predicts a 2 percent increase for 2014 as demand slowly works its way out of the wilderness, according to a report by Automotive News. At a press conference in ACEA’s headquarters in Brussels, president Philippe Varin said that though sales won’t return […]

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After six consecutive years of falling auto sales, the European automotive industry group ACEA predicts a 2 percent increase for 2014 as demand slowly works its way out of the wilderness, according to a report by Automotive News. At a press conference in ACEA’s headquarters in Brussels, president Philippe Varin said that though sales won’t return […]

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Hyundai, Kia See Weakest Annual Sales Growth in a Decade http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hyundai-kia-see-weakest-annual-sales-growth-in-a-decade/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hyundai-kia-see-weakest-annual-sales-growth-in-a-decade/#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:59:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=691178 2014 may only be a day old, but it’s already shaping up to be a rough year for Hyundai and Kia as they prepare to increase global sales by just 4 percent this year, the lowest and bleakest forecast for the Korean duo since 2003. Though the foreseen growth will be fueled by revamped models […]

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2014 may only be a day old, but it’s already shaping up to be a rough year for Hyundai and Kia as they prepare to increase global sales by just 4 percent this year, the lowest and bleakest forecast for the Korean duo since 2003. Though the foreseen growth will be fueled by revamped models […]

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