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Daimler profit sinks on diesel; outlook for year lowered

Oct. 19, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Daimler lowered its profit outlook for the second time this year on Friday and reported reduced third-quarter profits due to regulatory and diesel emissions issues. The company said its group operating profit would be "significantly below" last year's, instead of...

Volkswagen offers more incentives to unload old diesels

Oct. 18, 2018 4:16 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says it is offering more incentives to trade in older diesel models in an effort to improve air quality. The company said Thursday it would offer trade-in incentives for people who want to replace old diesels that met formerly looser emissions...

Audi fined $925 million in Germany over diesel emissions

Oct. 16, 2018 8:36 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German law enforcement authorities added another chapter to Volkswagen's diesel scandal Tuesday by fining the company's luxury division Audi 800 million euros ($925 million) for selling cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests. Prosecutors in Munich said Tuesday that the fine was...

Investigators search Opel premises in diesel emissions probe

Oct. 15, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors said Monday that law enforcement officials have conducted searches at automaker Opel as part of an investigation into suspected manipulation of diesel emissions. Meanwhile, the country's transportation ministry said it intended to order 100,000 Opel vehicles...

European officials seek tougher emissions rules for cars

Oct. 10, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Union officials are pushing ahead with tougher car emissions standards aimed at fighting global warming — but which auto industry representatives said could hurt a major source of manufacturing jobs. Officials from the council of EU member governments, parliament...

German government urges automakers to pay diesel upgrades

Oct. 5, 2018 10:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government is calling on automakers to pay for upgrades to diesel vehicles with excessively high emissions, as part of a deal to avert driving bans next year. A spokesman for the environment ministry said Friday that the government "can't tolerate this refusal" by German automakers...

Tests: Few heavy metals in river after coal plant dam burst

Oct. 4, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Despite the gray muck that fouled the Cape Fear River near a Wilmington power plant after Hurricane Florence, water tests so far show heavy metals contained in coal ash are within state standards, North Carolina environmental officials said Thursday. Water quality samples collected...

EU lawmakers want to cut car emissions by 40 percent by 2030

Oct. 3, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The European Parliament wants to cut CO2 emissions from new cars and vans by 40 percent by 2030 and will try to convince the European Union's 28 nations to back the idea despite objections from the powerful car industry. The proposed cut agreed on by the legislators Wednesday was a compromise...

Correction: EPA-Radiation Rollback story

Oct. 3, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an early version of a story Oct. 2 about EPA regulation of radiation, The Associated Press reported erroneously in a headline that EPA says a little radiation may be good for you. As the story made clear, that assessment came from scientific outliers, including one quoted by EPA in a...

Climate goals mean Europe will overtake US in electric cars

Oct. 2, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — European carmakers are rolling out electric vehicles like the ones on view this week at the Paris Motor Show to burnish their reputations as technology leaders and to compete with Tesla. But also because EU regulations don't leave them much choice. New emission standards mean Europe will soon...