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Daimler Leads Autonomous Vehicle Technology Market

Daimler Leads Autonomous Vehicle Technology Market

Daimler, Audi, BMW and General Motors are the best equipped to develop the autonomous vehicle market, according to a new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research. The report, Autonomous Vehicle OEMs, examines the strategy and execution of 18 original equipment manufacturers, including company profiles and rankings, to identify the companies’ relative strengths … Read more »

Novelis aluminum car parts

Novelis Commissions Europe’s Largest Aluminum Recycling Plant

Novelis has commissioned the expansion of an aluminum recycling plant in the UK, increasing the plant’s capacity by more than a third and making it Europe’s largest closed-loop recycling operation for automotive aluminum rolled products, the company says. The €13.6 million ($19 million) expansion project of Novelis’ Latchford, Warrington plant will … Read more »

How to Win Customers and Save Money with Sustainable Products

How to Win Customers and Save Money with Sustainable Products

Corporate spending on product sustainability initiatives will accelerate as sustainable product pioneers such as H&M, Nokia and Puma share evidence of the business benefits they achieved, according to a report from Verdantix. Companies including Adidas, Danone, GSK and Jaguar Land Rover are investing in product sustainability and reaping the benefits … Read more »

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France Bans Mercedes Over GHG Concerns

France has banned the latest models of Mercedes because they use an air conditioning refrigerant that the European Union says emits potent greenhouse gases. A Mercedes spokeman told Agence France-Presse that only new vehicles are subject to the ban. Since Jan. 1, the EU has required carmakers use R1234yf, a … Read more »

Sustainable Innovation a ‘£100bn Productivity Gain to UK Firms’

Sustainable Innovation a ‘£100bn Productivity Gain to UK Firms’

UK businesses could make £100 billion ($152 billion) in annual productivity gains by developing and adopting five areas of innovation designed to address social and environmental challenges, according to a report released by Accenture, retailer Marks & Spencer and charity Business in the Community. The report, Fortune Favors the Brave, … Read more »

Honeywell’s Low-Global-Warming Refrigerant ‘Safe for Use in Cars’

Honeywell says a study — and automakers including General Motors, Ford and Toyota — concluded that its low-global-warming-potential air conditioning system is safe for use in cars. The study by automotive engineering association SAE International examined the mobile air conditioning HFO refrigerant R-1234yf, or HFO-1234yf. SAE initiated the evaluation in … Read more »

How Business Can Benefit from Natural Capital

EcoSystems Market Task Force, an industry-led group that includes Jaguar Land Rover, Kingfisher, Liz Earle, Unilever and United Utilities, today urged businesses to take a new approach to protect natural resources while benefiting from the services provided by the natural world. In its report, “Realising Nature’s Value: The Final Report … Read more »

Jaguar Land Rover Sustainability Report: Normalized Manufacturing Energy Use Drops 23%

Jaguar Land Rover Sustainability Report: Normalized Manufacturing Energy Use Drops 23%

Automaker Jaguar Land Rover cut its normalized energy use from manufacturing by 23 percent year-on-year, according to the company’s latest sustainability report. In financial year 2010/11 the company used 4.13 MWh to manufacture each vehicle compared to 3.18 in FY 2011/12. Over that time period the company’s absolute energy use … Read more »

Obama Administration Delays Gas Mileage Rule

The new US gas mileage standards for cars, which were supposed to be released Aug. 15, have been delayed. A spokesperson for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told Bloomberg that the regulation is still being reviewed and should be completed “soon.” The final rule will require car makers … Read more »

Partnerships ‘Key’ to Automaker Success – but BMW, GM and Peugeot Play the Field

Partnerships ‘Key’ to Automaker Success – but BMW, GM and Peugeot Play the Field

Automakers including General Motors, Toyota, BMW, Volkswagen and Ford are partnering to share technologies like alternative fuels, electric vehicles and advanced composites in response to “megatrends” including sustainability, urbanization and a materials revolution, according to a Lux Research study. Recent news reports suggest these vehicles manufacturers are fickle, ready to … Read more »