Automakers ditching spare tires for better m.p.g.

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Nearly a third of new vehicles no longer come with a spare tire as standard equipment, a number likely to increase as automakers seek to reduce weight in cars to improve fuel economy. “This is a major issue for Michigan motorists who find themselves stranded on the roadside,” Susan Hiltz, public affairs director for AAA in Michigan, said Wednesday.

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Bridgestone launches new touring tire

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Brussels – Bridgestone has launched its Turanza T005 premium touring tire at a recent event in Greece, the company announced 9 Oct

Developed and produced in Europe, the tire is said to deliver “outstanding wet performance and fuel economy, combined with high mileage.”

With more than 140 sizes for 14’’ to 21’’ rims, it will be available on the European replacement tire market from January 2018 and will replace the current T001 EVO.

At the same time, Bridgestone…

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Bosch CEO plays down diesel woes

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FRANKFURT — Robert Bosch has felt the impact of the diesel-emissions crisis through its ties to Volkswagen Group. But the supplier has been able to offset any hit to sales through its strong commercial vehicle business, CEO Volkmar Denner told Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe, in an interview. What impact did the diesel crisis have on Bosch? At present, we have a very good situation in our diesel business.

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European automakers offer conditional 20% cut in CO2 by 2030

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FRANKFURT — European carmakers offered a further 20 percent cut to average carbon dioxide emissions in the next round of EU goals currently being drawn up, but said full compliance should wait until 2030 and remain conditional on consumer uptake of electrified cars. The proposal was announced at the Frankfurt auto show by Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler and president of the European manufacturers’ association, ACEA.

Read the source article at Automotive News Europe

Scotland to phase out non-hybrid petrol and diesel cars by 2032

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The Scottish Government has announced that it plans to phase out non-electrified petrol and diesel cars by 2032; eight years ahead of the UK Government’s outright ban. Although no ban for Scotland was announced, the Scottish Government highlighted its “bold new ambition on ultra-low emission vehicles, including electric cars and vans, with a target to phase out the need for petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032”.

Read the source article at Autocar

Pirelli Partners With Fisker On New ‘EMotion’ Vehicle Launch

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Pirelli announced that it is working with Fisker Inc. to create advanced low rolling resistance tires for the new Fisker EMotion luxury electric vehicle, set to launch in late 2019.

Pirelli will develop summer P Zero tires in the following sizes for the Fisker EMotion: 285/35R24 (F) and 305/35R24 (R). The focus of this development will be on low rolling resistance, spirited handling and extra comfort due to tall sidewalls.

Read the source article at Aftermarket News

Here Is Why Owner-Operators and Fleets Should Be Concerned With Fuel Efficiency

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Tweet Ever since President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, terms like emissions, fuel efficiency, and nonrenewable resources have become familiar to the public. The trucking industry moves 11 billion tons of freight each year and trucks deliver 100 percent of all consumer products. Just keeping our modern world operating as usual uses up considerable resources. Now, not only does the EPA mandate those resources be conserved, they also cost drivers money!

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Save money with these simple motoring tips

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Save money with these simple motoring tips Simple changes can add up to a big saving A Staff Reporter Updated: 15:35 Friday 25 August 2017 Promoted by Switch Off and Breathe There are cost-free, straight-forward tasks you can undertake immediately to ensure your car is running as efficiently as possible, saving you money – and looking after the environment. Car ownership is an expensive business.

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German firms likely to stop ICE development in as little as 6 years, says major supplier

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Continual improvements in alternative technologies coupled with environmental mandates that spur their growth may lead to automakers starting to abandon internal combustion engine development in as little as six years. That’s the word of major automotive supplier Continental’s CFO, Wolfgang Schaefer, who spoke recently with Reuters.

Read the source article at motorauthority.com

Germany summons Daimler to address emissions allegations

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German government committee investigating carmakers has summoned Daimler (DAIGn.DE) for a meeting on Thursday to address allegations it sold cars with excessive emissions, the transport ministry said.

German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, citing a search warrant issued by a Stuttgart court, reported on Wednesday that Daimler had been accused of selling over a million cars with excessive emissions in Europe and the United States.

Read the source article at reuters.com