Stringent New Fuel Economy Standards Imposed In China

After a long period of deliberation and debate, on Wednesday China mandated strict fuel economy standards on its domestic automakers.

The rules call for cutting average fuel consumption for passenger cars to 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers (about 34 mpg) by 2015 and to 5.0 liters (47 mpg) by 2020.

This new barrier to entry, according to Reuters, is expected to make things harder than they already are in a stagnating state of affairs for cash-poor domestic brands.

“That’s going to be tough for everyone, especially those small players as they will have to use more fuel-efficient engines and invest in hybrid technologies,” said Yale Zhang, the director of Greater China vehicle forecasts at CSM Worldwide, a consultancy firm.

China has long been accused of lack of regard for the environment in the automotive and other sectors. Presently discontent has sparked public protests and even riots in the massive developing economy.

On Sunday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said his government would increase its resolve in combating China’s pollution woes.

According to John Zeng, Asia Pacific director of consultancy LMC Automotive, as of 2009, passenger car fuel consumption was 7.8 liters per 100 kilometers in 2009 and 8.2 liters in 2008. Current fuel consumption numbers were not available at the time of this report.


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God Dang! Woman Drivers Gone Wild in St. Louis [NSFW]

It's well known fact that Russia is king when it comes to dash-cams, which explains the number of videos circulating around the internet, but not the incidents themselves – well, at least not always, especially the crazy ones.

In the United States, there aren't near as many dash-cams fitted on cars (yet), but there are more than enough mobile phones with recording capabilities…

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Volvo V60 diesel Plug-in Hybrid Heading To NY

Is Volvo considering offering its V60 diesel plug-in Hybrid in North America? Many sure hope so and this new announcement from the Swedish company will have some believing so.

The world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid will make its American display debut and Volvo hopes it will take center stage at the New York International Auto Show.

The plug-in hybrid is one of three remaining candidates for the prestigious 2013 World Green Car of the Year award.

The winning environmental car, which is selected by 66 top motoring journalists from 23 countries around the world, will be announced at the New York International Auto Show on March 28, 2013.

The Volvo Car Group press conference in the Jacob Javits Center at 10:30 AM on March 28 will also include the world premiere of Volvo’s latest R-Design models as well as the announcement of a new and exciting addition to the North American Volvo model line-up.

The V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid. It includes two complete drive trains and a battery. The driver can select the preferred driving mode via three buttons that give the car three entirely different temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power.

“The ingenious on-demand possibility makes the V60 Plug-in Hybrid superior to all other hybrids on the market. Thanks to the Pure, Hybrid and Power modes, the car is the perfect choice for the uncompromising customer who wants to minimise his or her carbon dioxide emissions but maximise driving pleasure,” said Doug Speck, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.

Per Volvo, pushing the Pure button gives the driver up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) on pure electric power.

In Hybrid mode, the carbon dioxide emissions are 48 g/ kilometers. This corresponds to fuel consumption of just 1.8 l/100 kilometers (NEDC certification driving cycle for hybrids), translating into 130 mpg.

The Power mode releases the combined capacity of the diesel engine and electric motor, creating a veritable driving machine with a total power output of 215+70 horsepower. The electric motor’s lightning-quick torque delivery contributes to the car’s acceleration from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 6.1 seconds.

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This Is How Domino’s Future Fleet of 5,000 Chevy Spark Pizza Delivery Vehicles Will Look Like

Domino’s Pizza and the Local Motors community of car designers and fabricators have elected the winning projects of their 5-stage Domino’s Ultimate Delivery Vehicle Challenge.

The contest started in August 2012, with the final goal being to find the best design for a future delivery vehicle that would cost Domino’s franchisers around $20,000 to buy.

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Experienced rally-goers (of the automotive, not the demonstration type) usually try to pick a good spot on a race course where they can observe the racecars as they pass by.

This group of spectators at the Race Rent Cup 2013, which took place in southeastern Poland earlier this month, chose one of the best spots, as they had more than their fair share of spectacular incidents caused by the slippery conditions of the road that led to a number of racecars into a ditch.

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