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FUEL EFFICIENCY: Continental targets small cars for new fuel-saving 48-volt hybrid drive

HANOVER, Germany -- Continental has not yet spun off its powertrain division -- to be called Vitesco Technologies -- but the supplier is already displaying some of the technologies it hopes to pitch to automakers in the coming years. Chief among them is a 48-volt drive system that Continental says allows full-electric operation without the complexity, cost and weight of a typical high-voltage hybrid.

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FUEL EFFICIENCY: Japan to raise fuel-efficiency target by 32% in 2030

The Japanese government plans to introduce new regulations in the 2030 fiscal year (FY2030) requiring automakers to improve average fuel efficiency by over 30% from FY2016 levels.

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