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Elektroauto: Sonderabgabe auf Sprit soll Kaufprämie finanzieren - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In den Regierungsstreit über eine Kaufprämie für Elektroautos mischt sich der Chef der Nationalen Plattform Elektromobilität ein. Henning Kagermann will den Bonus unbedingt - zulasten von allen anderen Autofahrern. //&! Ab 2021 dürfen Neuwagen in der EU nicht mehr als 4,1 Liter Benzin im Schnitt verbrauchen. Doch besonders die deutschen Hersteller tun sich laut einer Untersuchung mit den Vorgaben schwer. Schuld daran hat ein Trend, den sie jahrelang selbst befeuert haben. - bit.ly/1nT3mFF //&! LOBBYING EFFORTS STILL ON! - Ab 2017 werden die Abgaswerte von Dieselfahrzeugen unter Realbedingungen gemessen. Das EU-Parlament hat für einen entsprechenden Entwurf gestimmt. Gleichzeitig winkten die Abgeordneten Zugeständnisse an die Autohersteller durch. - bit.ly/1QiXxrA
carbon  tax  autoindustry  automotive  fossil  fuel  renewable  energy  electric  car  carbonfootprint  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonemission  consumer  choice  subsidies  subsidizing  macroprudential  policy  microeconomic  policy  macroeconomic  policy  Makers  COP21  climate  change  global  warming  climate  crisis  air  pollution  efficiency  energy  efficiency  Smart  Grid  energy  storage  SUV  status  symbol  zombie  consumer  Abgas-Affäre  oversight  transparency  accountability  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Ford to cut jobs to save $200m in Europe - BBC News
US car giant Ford has announced plans to cut jobs and save $200m (£138m) a year in Europe. The carmaker said it was launching a voluntary redundancy programme and improving manufacturing efficiencies. It also said it would focus on its most profitable models, such as sports utility vehicles (SUVs). Ford Europe returned to profit for the first time in four years in 2015, as the parent group recorded record profits of $10.8bn. This represented a "good first step", said Ford Europe executive vice-president Jim Farley. //&! Volkswagen has said it will cut investment by €1bn ($1.1bn; £750m) a year as a result of the diesel emissions scandal. - bbc.in/1NGGQu0 //&! Ford hat bereits in den vergangenen Jahren die Kosten in Europa gesenkt. Insgesamt drei Werke wurden geschlossen, davon zwei in Großbritannien und eines in Belgien. Auch in Deutschland hatte sich der Konzern mit den Gewerkschaften auf Einsparungen geeinigt. - bit.ly/1KZpz9C
automotive  autoindustry  secular  stagnation  emerging  middle  class  squeezed  middle  class  economic  history  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  Abgas-Affäre  VW  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  carbon  tax  COP21  public  transportation  transportation  car  loan  credit  card  credit  card  debt  household  debt  consumer  debt  western  world  emerging  market  BRIC 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Grenzwerte für Dieselfahrzeuge: EU-Abgeordnete unter Druck - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Im Kampf um strengere Abgasgrenzwerte für Dieselfahrzeuge erhöht die Autolobby den Druck: Nach Informationen von SPIEGEL ONLINE werden EU-Umweltpolitiker unverhohlen aufgefordert, lasche Grenzwerte durchzuwinken.
lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  automotive  autoindustry  revolving  door  capitalism  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  Abgas-Affäre  VW  Volkswagen 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Mercedes: Autos verbrauchen wohl deutlich mehr Sprit als angegeben - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Herstellerangaben und tatsächlicher Spritverbrauch unterscheiden sich bei Autos dramatisch. Umweltschützer haben bei 20 gängigen Modellen eine durchschnittliche Abweichung von 40 Prozent ermittelt. Besonders negativ fällt Mercedes auf.
Consumer  Protection  automotive  autoindustry  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  carbonfootprint  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Wall  Street  fossil  fuel 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Hyundai poliert CO2-Flottenverbrauch mit Kia Soul EV-Export - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Ein Gramm kann laut Transport & Environment im schlimmsten Fall mit 70 Millionen Euro Strafe zu Buche schlagen. Davon bleibt Hyundai-Kia zunächst wohl verschont - dank der Norwegen-Mauschelei, aber auch, weil die EU-Behörden großzügig sind. Hersteller müssen die schmutzigsten Autos bisher noch nicht in die Kalkulation einbeziehen. [...] Während Politiker auf dem Pariser Klimagipfel die Erderwärmung in den Griff bekommen wollen, "scheinen die Autohersteller unfähig, verantwortungsvoll zu handeln. Stattdessen tricksen sie die Gesetze aus".
regulators  self-regulation  regulation  Abgas-Affäre  Volkswagen  carbonemission  carbon  tax  carbonfootprint  carbon  trading  scheme  carbon  dioxide  crony  capitalism  white-collar  crime  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  corporate  scandal  COP21  fossil  fuel  corporate  governance  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  automotive  autoindustry 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘Massive Change’ Is Coming to Cars | Re/code
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the automotive industry is at the precipice of “massive change” — though he stopped short of saying whether the world’s most valuable company would play a role in that transformation.
Apple  automotive  autoindustry  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  Tesla  Motors  Apple  automotive  industry  Uber  public  transportation  Millennials  cost  of  ownership  generationy  transportation  urbanisation  urban  planning 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen Congress Hearing: Emissions scandal - watch live - YouTube
VW USA subsidiary CEO Michael Horn. // 'VW the people's car.' 36:40 - I had no understanding what a defeat device is & that it could be installed to cheat emission tests. [<< Symptom of being a conglomerate! Corporate Culture & Values.] min 38:09 - Is hardware, software & even has to do something with the fuel tank. In some models (gen 2) its just software & a sensor. // 49:20 - framing of the answer with EPA (influenced?), cars on the road right now, even they are not passing emissions test, "are legal & safe to drive for the owners." // min 57 NOx, air pollution. 'compensation will be part of discussion'. 40 times than allowable limit. // 1:11:00 - according to him, @ the current state of investigations, this was out of the engine-drivetrain-engineering/software/emissions department within VW. Was not a corporate executive decision from the top. [My 2 cents: more likely decision was made within those departments due to pressure from top to make the test pass happen. << 1:51:00]
VW  Volkswagen  conglomerate  corporate  culture  corporate  values  air  pollution  libor  rigging  scandal  banking  crisis  investment  banking  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  accountability  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  retail  banking  PPI  mis-selling  scandal  bank  crisis  CDO  CDS  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  big  pharma  corruption  bribery  Petroleum  automotive  autoindustry  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  emissions  white-collar  crime  Justice  System  Law  &  Justice  corporate  state  corporate  media  Positioning  Meat  Egg  Dairy  food  industry  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  conflict  of  interest  fiduciary  responsibility  exploitation  mainstreet.org  ethics  ethical  machine  democracy  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  double  standard  Abgas-Affäre  Interestrateswap  corporate  social  responsibility  corporate  scandal  Chemical  Fashion  deception  PR  spin  doctor  monopsony  oligopol  madoff  Enron  Worldcom  BP  accounting  accounting  scandal  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  crony  capitalism  TBTF  too  big  to  jail  too  big  to  bail  Ego  arrogance  Monsanto  Protection  Act  patent  troll  intellectual  property  willful  ignorance  willful  negligence  DeepwaterHorizon  tax  code  consumer  fraud  Protection 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
The health implications of the diesel scandal - BBC News
[ http://www.spiegel.de/thema/abgasaffaere_bei_volkswagen/ ] The diesel scandal started as a worry for car owners. Yet, according to Prof Alistair Lewis, an air pollution expert at the University of York, "it is overwhelmingly a health story". The costs of not doing more to tackle air pollution can be measured in "thousands of deaths and billions of pounds, all passed on to the taxpayer", he says. "The real costs here are the ones the taxpayer picks up in terms of providing extra healthcare," he explains. "The only reason we measure NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) and particulates is because they are harmful to health." //&! youtu.be/HG8Kpfs4ZYs - Krank dank VW?
air  pollution  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  emissions  automotive  autoindustry  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  bribery  VW  Volkswagen  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  economic  damage  trickle-down  economics  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  social  contract  political  theory  public  awareness  public  perception  public  opinion  public  debate  public  discourse  public  health  policy  health  care  budget  health  policy  health  care  spending  public  health  urbanisation  urban  planning  noise  pollution  pollution  Petroleum  Industry  fossil  fuel  renewable  energy  electric  car  Tesla  Motors  subsidies  subsidizing  Abgas-Affäre  Diesel  Petrol  WHO 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Seat says 700,000 cars have 'cheat' emissions software - BBC News
Broken down brand-by-brand they are: VW - 5m Audi - 2.1m Skoda - 1.2m Seat - 700,000 Vans - 1.8m. VW said it would inform customers "in the next few weeks and months" about how refits would take place.
VW  Volkswagen  conglomerate  automotive  autoindustry 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Motorists 'tricked' in car test abuses, claims report - BBC News
Motorists are being "tricked" by carmakers into buying vehicles which claim to be more fuel efficient than they really are, a new report claims. Transport & Environment said Europe's carmakers routinely abused tests on fuel performance and CO2 emissions. The lobby group found an average 40% gap between the fuel and C02 emitted in lab tests against road driving. The Brussels-based Transport & Environment said drivers are spending €450 (£331m) a year more than expected on fuel. Over the lifetime of a car, this adds up to an average €2,800 for additional fuel, the report found. "Carmakers are effectively cheating their own customers," the report said. "There is a need for a new [emissions] test but what we're also seeing here is a distortion of the current system. "The independent agencies [in Europe] that oversee the tests are paid for by the car industry themselves. --- 'Tip of the iceberg' = VW
autoindustry  Consumer  Protection  automotive  VW  Volkswagen  conflict  of  interest  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Career  Politicians  subsidies  subsidizing 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Audi: 2,1 Millionen Autos von Abgas-Affäre betroffen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Skandal um manipulierte Abgaswerte weitet sich aus. Bei der Volkswagen-Tochter Audi sind ebenfalls Millionen Fahrzeuge fast aller Baureihen betroffen - allein in Deutschland 577.000.
Audi  VW  conglomerate  Volkswagen  Abgas-Affäre  automotive  autoindustry 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
VW lost the plot. But that’s the danger when business lacks social moorings | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Guardian
VW’s existential crisis has revealed the weaknesses inherent in western economies. Change must now happen [...] Despite a vast R and D budget, VW is far from a leader in the electrical car or hybrid market. Mr Winterkorn’s bonuses were based on his capacity to deliver production, jobs and profits: environmental sustainability or engaging with wider stakeholders did not get a look-in. [...] Capitalism, in short, may have boundless creative and innovative energy – but it also has boundless ways to go wrong. Intriguingly, recent work by a group of researchers at Harvard and the London Business School compared 90 American companies that took sustainability seriously with 90 who did not. Over 18 years the 90 committed to sustainability delivered annual financial returns 4.8% higher than the other 90.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen's Scandal is Libor on Wheels - Bloomberg View
There's never just one cockroach. That's what we learned from the market-rigging scandals in recent years. Be it the London Interbank Offered Rates, currencies, metals, oil or… (you get the picture), it turned out that every bank and broker that touched every market benchmark left grubby fingerprints of fraud, collusion and deceit. So the revelation that Volkswagen cheated for years on tests measuring how much damage its diesel engines do to the environment raises a mammoth question: Who else did the same? //&! bv.ms/1KFQ16P - PR/spin doctor/marketing/reframing // Corporate Governance is always the topping on the Cake. It is never the Cake, nor part of the cake batter. Period. >> bv.ms/1LQdO4Y //&! Climate Politics and the Volkswagen Scandal - bv.ms/1QG2Y5f &! Volkswagen and the EPA's Dirty Little Secret - bv.ms/1KCDog5 // show change has to be bottom-up! Incremental Individual Personal Changes en mass! Same with Whole Food Plant Based Diet/Vegan.
corporate  governance  Wall  Street  Volkswagen  VW  Abgas-Affäre  automotive  electric  car  autoindustry  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  climate  change  Petroleum  Industry  Auto  Industry  Tesla  Motors  Apple  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  corporate  values  corporate  culture  bottom  up  climate  science  climate  crisis  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  reframing  framing  marketing  PR  spin  doctor 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
The 4 biggest misconceptions about the Volkswagen emissions scandal
Hidden car emissions are a huge environmental and legislative problem, but pretending that Volkswagen is the only culprit isn't going to solve anything.
automotive  conglomerate  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  VW  Volkswagen  autoindustry 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
PSA Peugeot Citroën meldet hohe Verluste und hofft auf Staatshilfe - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Erwerb eines Elektro-Autos wird künftig mit 7000 statt wie bisher 5000 Euro gefördert, der von Hybridwagen mit 4000 statt wie bisher 2000 Euro - vorausgesetzt die Hersteller drehen nicht an der Preisschraube. Beide Fahrzeugtypen gehören zu den Stärken der heimischen Anbieter Renault sowie des nationalen Marktführers PSA Peugeot Citroën.
greatrecession  France  2012  subsidies  automotive  autoindustry 
july 2012 by asterisk2a

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