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    Daimler sets up sustainability board

    To manage all of the green-flavored activities going on at Daimler, the company announced today that it has created a "Sustainability Board" at the upper management levels. This new board will be responsible for coordinating all of the "sustainability measures" (in the economy, ecology and society ...

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    Choren industries opens BTL plant in Freiberg

    Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has inaugurated the "first refinery of second generation" biofuels in Freiberg. The plant, owned by Choren, which partners with car companies VW and Daimler and the Shell oil company, produces BTL (biomass-to-liquid) fuel from any kind of biomass, such as wood ...

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    Daimler figures diesels could make up 20 percent of its U.S. sales

    Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche is bullish on the adoption of diesel in the United States. At the ECO:nomics conference, Zetsche told the Wall Street Journal that Daimler is very happy with its diesel accomplishments over the last two years (see video below the fold). According to Zetsche, in the ...

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    The ten cheapest cars in the world - #6 - Chery A-1

    Chery A-1: 5-door hatchback. China. $7,340The A-1 looks like a competent subcompact and rumors are that it's going to be sold under the Dodge brand in places like Mexico. Nevertheless, it is Chery's partnership with Austrian company AVL that will be bringing the technology to make this car meet the ...

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    Zap still pursuing Daimler over Smart deal, California Supreme Court next

    Once upon a time Zap had a dream to import the Smart ForTwo to the U.S. market. Unfortunately for Zap, that plan didn't work out and Smart's parent Daimler ultimately did a deal with Roger Penske to be the U.S. distributor for Smart. Zap decided not to take this lying down and ultimately filed a ...

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    Daimler, ADM & Bayer team up to try biodiesel from Jatropha

    We have covered already what jatropha is: a promising crop which can be cultivated on barren land that does not compete with food production and from which you can obtain oil (with a quality similar to rapeseed) to make biodiesel. A lot of research is being done on making jathropa a viable source ...

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    Exclusive video of DaimlerChrysler's hybrid engine

    Deutsche Welle English has a great video on YouTube called Made in Germany | Top Secret: Experimental Vehicles that includes a look at a DaimlerChrysler hybrid engine still in development. Fire your corporate spies top American automakers and just watch this video above that includes passing a key ...

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    Zetsche: We can't make it under 120 for 2012

    Daimler's CEO Dieter Zetsche said that the proposed CO2 emission limits for 2012 (120 g/km) are "unattainable". He also stated that politicians don't realise how difficult that limit will be to reach because the cars that will be on sale in 2012 are " actually at the end of their development cycle ...

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    European carmakers support Bali's Conference on climate change

    This can be called a case of greenwashing or simply an honest declaration of good intentions. The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), has issued a formal declaration supporting and encouraging the UN-sponsored ministerial talks on climate change in Bali, Indonesia. The letter is ...

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    BMW, Daimler and Porsche win "Worst EU Lobbying Award"

    German car manufacturers BMW, Daimler and Porsche have won quite an unsympathetic award: Worst European Lobbyists of the year, right after the German Atomic Energy Forum.These automakers' campaign was awarded "excellent" (say it in a high-irony voice) to press for "the delay and dilution" of the ...

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    PSA leads the way on CO2 emissions in Europe

    If new CO2 emissions limits do get enacted in the EU soon, the French and Italian automakers will be in the best position to meet them soonest. A new study of the largest automakers emissions in 2005 and 2006 showed that PSA/Peugeot-Citroen led the way last year with an average of only 142 g/km for ...

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    German automakers emit the most CO2 among European automakers

    Transport and Environment, an environmental group based in Brusses, launched a report last Thursay showing that the average CO2 emissions from new cars made by German manufacturers rose in 2006, while French and Italian automakers actually cut emissions from their vehicles. In numbers: new German ...

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    ZAP still in court against Smart/DaimlerChrysler

    For many years, Zap! and DaimlerChrysler have been in and out of court over a large order of Smart cars (see this USA Today article from March 2006 for a bit of history). Basically, in 2005, Zap ordered a $1 billion batch of Smart cars but ran into trouble when it actually tried to get their hands ...

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    Daimler shows 16 eco-friendly trucks and buses

    Daimler-Benz's branch for buses and industrial trucks (Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses) has introduced 16 new buses and trucks with different driving systems and "greener" fuels. This introduction follows the manufacturer's guidelines to reducing emissions and fuel consumption. These vehicles ...

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    Video: Ballard sells auto fuel cell assets, CEO says fuel cell cars are not dead

    Ballard says they have finalized the rumored deal to sell their auto fuel cell unit, called Burnaby, which includes 113 employees (20 percent of the company's workforce). Ballard will sell the unit to Ford and Daimler for a swap of 34.3 million Ballard shares, worth $168 million and a new company ...

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    Breaking: Daimler and Ford join forces with AFCC to develop automotive fuel cells

    Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company today announced the creation of a new company called Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) devoted to the development of fuel cells. The new company also includes a third partner, Ballard Power Systems. The majority stakeholder of the company is Daimler (50.1 ...

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    DaimlerChrysler to Toyota/GM on batteries: do it yourself!

    Just when the GM-Toyota public fight on outsourcing battery technology was getting boring, in comes DaimlerChrysler with an interesting idea: Do it yourself! "We will certainly not simply buy this key technology from just any supplier" said DaimlerChrysler research head Thomas Weber at the ...

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    Dr. Z thinks driver training could have as much impact on MPG as technology

    In an article in the June 2007 issue of Automotive Engineering International Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche discussed some of the technologies that will lead to reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions over the next ten years. There wasn't much new that we haven't already heard ...

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    Improvements in SUVs and trucks mileage. Worth the effort?

    According to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, the "eco" trend is reaching the bigger boys on the road. Since sales are going down for SUVs and trucks because of high gasoline prices, automakers are trying to improve fuel economy: New clean diesel engines, hybrid powertrains, shredding ...

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    In the AutoblogGreen Garage: Diesels you can't have-Chrysler 300 vs Smart

    Click the photo for a high res gallery of the Smart ForTwo dieselBosch is one of the world's biggest automotive suppliers and one of their product lines is fuel and engine management systems particularly for diesel engines. As such they have a vested interest in promoting the sales of vehicles ...


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