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AUTO PRODUCTION: IHS Markit: global commercial vehicle production to drop 22% in 2020 in wake of COVID-19

Individual regional forecasts are set to a downtrend, and supply chain impacts are being felt, as the consequences of the virus have shuttered manufacturing and supplier facilities around the world. These forecasts are informed by the latest IHS Markit global economic forecast updates, which reflect a 3.0% decline in global real GDP in 2020.

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FUEL CELLS: Climate change: 'Bath sponge' breakthrough could boost cleaner cars

Like a bath sponge, the product is able to hold and release large quantities of the gas at lower pressure and cost. Made up of billions of tiny pores, a single gram of the new aluminium-based material has a surface area the size of a football pitch.

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EMISSIONS: VW may miss 2020 China fuel-use target, exec says

  • Date: 17-04-20
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Auto News

Volkswagen Group China may miss its 2020 fuel consumption targets in the world's largest market, forcing it to purchase emissions credits from other automakers, a senior executive said Friday.

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AUTO SALES: Tesla’s China Registrations Soar to Record After Shanghai Plant Reopens

  • Date: 17-04-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Registrations of Tesla Inc. vehicles rose to a record last month in China after the electric-car maker resumed production at its Shanghai plant that was temporarily idled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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EMISSIONS: Business backs vehicle emissions laws - Letter to EU policy makers

  • Date: 17-04-20
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: The Climate Group

Companies have called on the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, to push ahead with 2020 CO2 targets for cars, vans and trucks.

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AUTO SALES: Expert says crisis probably worse for auto industry than last recession

  • Date: 16-04-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

The coronavirus crisis could be more harmful to the auto industry than the Great Recession, according to John Casesa, a Wall Street investment banker and former Ford Motor Co. executive.

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EMISSIONS: VW board member says CO2 targets may be harder to reach

  • Date: 16-04-20
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Auto News

FRANKFURT — Disruptions to the auto industry from the coronavirus outbreak could make it harder for automakers to meet the EU’s new CO2 targets, a German politician who is also a member of Volkswagen Group’s supervisory board said.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric Vehicles Buoyed by a Backlog and Fresh Air

As Covid-19 crunches car sales globally, a backlog of orders have helped electric vehicles maintain momentum in much of the world —better than gas-powered cars and trucks.

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