IAA 2011: With e-tire, Continental targets EV market

Continental will have a 900 square meter booth at the IAA (Model photo: Continental)

Continental will unveil a specially designed tire aimed at helping electric vehicles expand their driving range. At the upcoming Frankfurt auto show (IAA), the German automotive supplier and tire maker wants to address some of the major issues facing the auto industry. Among these is the limited distance EVs can cover on battery power, which […]

Hertz to rent EVs in Shanghai

In the US, Hertz's Green Traveler Collection includes hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full EVs (Photo: Hertz)

Hertz has joined a Chinese pilot project to boost electric vehicles. The US car rental group said it will start renting electric vehicles in Shanghai and will cooperate with GE Industrial Solutions China to create an EV infrastructure there. The program will initially be aimed at corporations and government agencies. Hertz also launched a partnership […]

IAA 2011: Delphi showcases integrated radar-camera unit

Delphi builds many of the key components that go into the IT systems of today's vehicles (Photo: Delphi)

Delphi will give a preview at the Frankfurt auto show (IAA) of an integrated radar and camera system designed to boost active safety in cars. The US-based automotive supplier said its RacAM module enables a suite of active safety systems that includes adaptive cruise control, headlamp control, traffic sign recognition, collision warning and adaptive braking. […]

VW Group fleet sales include more low-emission cars

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Volkswagen Group said its German fleet business showed a clear increase in low-emission vehicles being sold or leased to key accounts. The German carmaker said in a press release that CO2 emissions in its key account business had averaged 136 grams/km in the first half, below the European Union target of 140 grams. VW brand […]

GM, LG sign agreement to jointly develop electric vehicles

GM CEO Dan Akerson (left) and LG Corp President Juno Cho sign an agreement on future EV cooperation (Photo: GM)

General Motors, eager to strengthen its position in the growing new-mobility race, said it will cooperate with  Korea’s LG Group to jointly design and engineer future electric vehicles. The US carmaker said the tie-up expands on a relationship it built working with LG as the battery supplier for the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera extended-range […]

Jobs steps down as Apple CEO

Steve Jobs has resigned as Apple CEO but will continue as chairman of the board (Photo: Apple)

The Apple board of directors accepted Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO and named COO Tim Cook to succeed him at the helm of the US computer and software group. Jobs has been elected chairman of the board, the company said. Jobs has been ill for years and news of his resignation as CEO didn’t come […]

Audi A8 hybrid to come in 2012

The Audi A8 hybrid can be driven in various modes (Photo: Audi)

Audi confirmed Wednesday that it will start selling a hybrid version of its flagship A8 sedan in 2012. The German premium car maker said the A8 hybrid will have a 2.0 TSFI gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor, providing a combined 245 bhp and average fuel consumption of less than 6.4 liters per 100 […]

IAA 2011: Chevy Malibu comes to Europe

The European version of the Chevrolet Malibu will have gasoline and diesel engines (Photo: GM)

General Motors is bringing its Chevrolet Malibu to Europe. The US automaker will show the Malibu, the new Chevrolet flagship in Europe, at the Frankfurt auto show in September. “The Malibu will come on top of the seven new entries launched in Chevrolet’s centennial year,” said Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe. […]

IAA 2011: Toyota to debut Prius plug-in hybrid

Toyota plans to show the Prius plug-in hybrid (shown) and a new, larger Prius+ in Frankfurt (Photo: Toyota)

Toyota will debut its Prius plug-in hybrid at the Frankfurt auto show next month. The Japanese carmaker claims fuel efficiency of 2.2 liters/100km and CO2 emissions of 49 grams/km for the model, which has a newly designed and more compact lithium-ion battery. The plug-in hybrid is aimed at both urban commuters, who will benefit from […]

IAA 2011 will have dedicated electric-vehicle hall


The upcoming Frankfurt auto show (IAA) will have a dedicated hall showcasing new electric-vehicle technology. The German Auto Industry Association (VDA), which organizes the world’s biggest car show, said the “Hall for Electric Mobility” will feature makers of electric vehicles such as Daimler, Opel, Renault and Mitsubishi; suppliers including Robert Bosch and Siemens; other companies […]