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Road safety: Transport MEPs back vehicle inspections agreement
An informal agreement with EU member states on minimum common standards for periodic vehicle inspections, vehicle registration documents and roadside inspections of commercial vehicles was backed by t...
21 Jan 2014 - Read more
European car sales fell at slower rate in 2013
New car registrations in the European Union fell 1.7% in 2013, largely thanks to a sales slump in Italy and France. The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) said 11.8 million new c...
17 Jan 2014 - Read more
DETROIT SHOW: An air of optimism tempered with reality
This year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit kicked off yesterday (13 January) against a blizzard of optimistic data emanating from the US and bulging order books that are a...
15 Jan 2014 - Read more
CO2 emissions: cleaner vans by 2020
The CO2 emission limit for new light commercial vehicles sold in the EU is to be reduced from 203 g/km today to 147 g/km by 2020, under draft legislation approved by the European Parliament on Tue...
14 Jan 2014 - Read more
Research and Markets: The Global Market for Automotive Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning – 2013 Edition: Profiling 7 Players
The penetration of automotive air conditioning systems continues to grow, and has reached near-saturation levels in the developed markets, with uptake continuing to climb in the developing markets. Au...
10 Jan 2014 - Read more
Chinese Car Makers Not Ready for U.S. Market
Stringent Safety and Emissions Standards Present Steep Hurdles SHANGHAI—When top executives from the world's major auto makers descend on the Motor City for the Detroit auto show next week, Chine...
09 Jan 2014 - Read more
Samsung eyes ‘smart car’ expansion
Samsung Electronics Co, which sells almost one of every three smartphones, wants to parlay that technology into automotive navigation and entertainment systems for an industry that makes more than 80...
06 Jan 2014 - Read more
Car CO2 emissions: Environment Committee backs agreement with Council
An agreement with the Council of Ministers on new rules designed to achieve the CO2 emission reduction target of 95g/km for new cars by 2020 was endorsed by the Environment Committee on Tuesday....
18 Dec 2013 - Read more
EU leaders meet this WEEK
BRUSSELS - EU leaders gather in Brussels for their last summit of the year with a discussion agenda that includes economic integration, jobs and defence. Merkel is due to visit Hollande in Paris on...
17 Dec 2013 - Read more
Horizon 2020 launched with €15 billion over first two years
The European Commission has for the first time presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme. Worth more than €15 billion...
12 Dec 2013 - Read more
Chinese cities limit car sales but growth is still possible
The port city of Dalian in northeast China has approved a plan to restrict sales of new cars. Dalian is the fifth city in China -- along with Beijing, Shanghai, Guiyang and Guangzhou -- to restrict ve...
11 Dec 2013 - Read more
Renault-Nissan steers toward closer partnership with Daimler
Renault-Nissan hopes to reach an agreement with German partner Daimler to deepen the alliance between the carmakers during the first quarter of next year. The agreement would allow Daimler to build...
10 Dec 2013 - Read more
Council adopts regulation on the Connecting Europe Facility
Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council adopted the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the future  funding instrument for the trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and te...
09 Dec 2013 - Read more
Council approved programme in support of SMEs
The Council approved a programme in support of the competitiveness of EU enterprises for the years 2014 to 2020. The COSME programme, which has a budget of EUR 2.3 billion in current prices for the...
06 Dec 2013 - Read more
Transport Ministers agreed on alternative fuel infrastructure
Ministers agreed a general approach on a proposal aimed at building up a minimum infrastructure for alternative fuels across the EU. The draft directive is part of the Clean Power for Transport initia...
06 Dec 2013 - Read more
Member states are on course to water down plans to promote the use of electric cars
In theory, many people would be happy to drive an electric car. But the main hurdle in creating a mass market for these vehicles has been so-called ‘range anxiety' – the fear that you will run out...
05 Dec 2013 - Read more
Alternative fuel infrastructure tops agenda
The member states’ transport ministers, meeting in Council on 7 December, will try to agree on the deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the EU. The Council is expected to adopt a ge...
04 Dec 2013 - Read more
Council adopted “Horizon 2020”: the EU’s research and innovation programme for 2014-2020
The Competitiveness Council  met on 2 and 3 December in Brussels. Ministers adopted the "Horizon 2020" programme for research and innovation for the years 2014 to 2020 (PE-CO_S 67/13). Horizon...
04 Dec 2013 - Read more
Youth employment: Commission proposes traineeship standards, Bosch makes a pledge for apprenticeships
Guidelines to enable trainees to acquire high-quality work experience under safe and fair conditions, and to increase their chances of finding a good quality job, have been proposed today by the Europ...
04 Dec 2013 - Read more
Japan’s self-driving cars: safety over excitement
The car is cruising noiselessly along a busy highway on the crispest of autumn mornings in Tokyo. The vehicle, a Lexus hybrid, is relatively unremarkable but inside hangs an air of expectation. The...
03 Dec 2013 - Read more
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