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Future Car Accessory: A Drone?

Renault's concept car Kwid envisions 'flying companion'

(Newser) - A new Renault concept SUV comes with a buddy: a drone that soars out of a roof hatch to investigate traffic conditions or maybe off-roading hazards. Were the "flying companion," as the company calls it, to be produced, it would be about the size of a small bird,... More »

Driver Stuck in Car Going 125mph—for an Hour

Frenchman's high-speed ride ends 125 miles later, in Belgium

(Newser) - An amazing tale of survival out of France—and Belgium. Frank Lecerf's attempt to drive to the supermarket took a crazy turn on Saturday after his car's brakes failed while he was traveling 60mph. His attempts to use them only caused the car to accelerate, until it eventually... More »

'Green' Pope Gets First Electric Car

Pontiff presented with electric Kangoo

(Newser) - Pope Benedict XVI can now pootle around the grounds of his summer residence in an electric car. The pontiff—who has paid more attention to environmental issues than his predecessors—was presented with the customized white Kangoo by Renault, AP reports. The automaker has already given electric Kangoos to the... More »

Renault's Big Espionage Case Looks Like a Bust

No proof surfaces of industrial spying

(Newser) - Renault's bombshell allegation in January that three of its own executives were selling electric car secrets, maybe to the Chinese, is looking like a dud, the Wall Street Journal reports. Two months into the investigation (which the newspaper says is reminiscent of the work of the "Keystone Kops"),... More »

Renault May Acquire Saturn; Chinese Firm Bids for Saab

GM courts foreign buyers in fire sale

(Newser) - Renault is in talks with General Motors about acquiring its Saturn brand, the Wall Street Journal reports. Demonstrating the considerable foreign interest in GM divisions, China’s Geely Automobile Holdings has submitted a bid for Saab. GM is looking to cut unprofitable units ahead of a June 1 restructuring deadline.... More »

Germany's Scheme to Scrap Cars Sparks Sales Explosion

Sales mostly go to small cars

(Newser) - Automakers are running out of gas all over the world—except in Germany. Volkswagen expects to have its best February ever, selling 120,000 cars, while GM subsidiary Opel has sold 40,000, its best month in 5 years, Der Spiegel reports. It’s all thanks to the scrapping bonus,... More »

Hybrid Trucks Get Stuck in Neutral

Technology remains too expensive, leading to low demand, higher prices

(Newser) - Hybrid truck sales are sputtering because the technology is too expensive, and companies ordering vehicle fleets won’t pay extra for environmental benefits alone. But without bulk orders, economies of scale aren’t kicking in. One truck company president says government tax breaks or subsidies are needed to boost hybrid... More »

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