Carbon Footprint

  • Display at Lamborghini’s factory showing solar power production

    When it comes to automakers that are perceived to be “green,” Lamborghini probably isn’t the first company to come to mind. After all, it’s product line consists exclusively of supercars like the Gallardo and Aventador, powered by V-10 and V-12 engines. If you want fuel economy, you’ll certainly be shopping elsewhere. If you’re looking for exceptional performance tempered by overall environmental responsibility, however, Lamborghini is at the forefront of Italian automakers. In fact, it’s the first automaker to sign a collaboration agreement with the...

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    CEO hints at 2015 launch date for first Lamborghini hybrid

    It wasn't long ago that supercar manufacturers were scoffing at the idea of introducing hybrid variants of their models, but with Porsche and even the usually traditionalist Ferrari hard at work on their own respective hybrid drivetrains, it wasn't going to be long before other supercar...

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    Lamborghini hints at hybrid future in new environmental strategy

    More stringent fuel economy and emissions regulations rolling in across major markets around the globe have all automakers, even ultra luxury marques, rethinking their designs and manufacturing processes in an effort to become greener. Both Bentley and Ferrari have confirmed their commitment to...

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    Spy shots: Bentley Continental Supersports in production trim

    Bentley's flex-fuel Continental Supersports recently broke ground as the first ethanol-burner from the brand, and this week the car took a step closer to arriving in showrooms as the first production models have started undergoing real-world testing. Having debuted in concept form at March’s...

  • 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports
    Bentley’s fastest and most powerful production car ever priced from $273,295

    Bentley's flex-fuel Continental Supersports recently broke ground as the first ethanol-burner from the brand, and with this week's announcement of the price of the car, its cash-burning abilities are known too. Taking its slot as the most powerful and fastest Bentley ever, the Supersports is also...

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    China's carbon emissions jump 80% in just three years

    Beijing's efforts to cut its local pollution for the Olympics aside, China has shown little interest in cutting back its output of carbon into the atmosphere. Even with Beijing's drastic measures, athletes and press complained of the oppressive atmosphere. Now it looks like China's atmosphere may...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius

    A consortium of industry agencies and the United Nations wants the world to cut its vehicular emissions by 50% by 2050. The cutely-named '50 by 50' plan calls on governments around the world to cut back voluntarily, since there is no real enforcement mechanism. "We're not saying that nobody can have a car," said Jack Short, secretary general of the International Transport Forum, a constituent of the consortium. "This is a building-block towards making the transport sector part of the solution towards a low-carbon economy." In addition to helping the planet by cutting back emissions, the group...

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    Honda developing electric motorcycle for 2010

    Honda announced today that it will be developing an electric-powered motorcycle, with sales of the bike expected to begin some time next year. The news will be pleasing for those of you who remember Honda's electric moped concept that was unveiled back in 2004 but failed to see production. Honda's...

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    European Parliament agrees to looser CO2 rules

    In September, a committee in the European Parliament proposed easing the carbon dioxide emissions rules previously set to phase in over the next several years, and today the proposal was approved. The modifications require only 65% of manufacturer fleets to meet the strict 130g/km targets in 2012...

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    EU reaches agreement on emissions reduction target

    The European Union has reached an agreement on a greenhouse gas reduction program for new vehicles, announcing today that carmakers must cut their fleet-wide emissions levels by 18% within the next six years. The program will also see carbon-dioxide emissions levels for new cars cut to an average...

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    UK, France, Germany, Italy agree on CO2 limits

    Italy has reportedly dropped its objections to a European Commission plan to introduce softer CO2 emission limits on new cars, leaving the door open for an EU-wide agreement on a 130g/km fleet wide CO2 limit. While still not official, inside government sources in Germany told Reuters that an...

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    EU considering three year delay of 120g/km CO2 limit

    The European Union is ready to abandon its long-established goal of cutting carbon dioxide limits for new vehicles to 120g/km by 2012. Under a proposal introduced during negotiations between nations in the EU late last week, the 120g/km limit originally set for 2012 would be pushed back to 2015, a...

  • 2009 Ferrari California

    The Germans are embracing diesels wholeheartedly, and many of the Fiat Group's companies have a standing relationship with the oily fuel, but Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa has ruled out any move toward the technology, at least within the next five years, and probably beyond that. "Diesel is not a direction in which we want to go," said Felisa last week, reports the Telegraph. "It is not in our five-year strategic plan and I don't think diesel is an answer to the problem." Efficiency concerns that worry larger-volume carmakers such as Porsche, Mercedes and Audi havent' had as important a place at...

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