More carmakers caught in headlights of VW engine-rigging scandal

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Volkswagen emissions scandal

Iran's 'catastrophic mistake': Speculation, pressure, then admission

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Analsyts say it is irresponsible to link the crash of a Ukraine International Airline Boeing 737-800 to the 737 MAX accidents (AFP Photo/INA FASSBENDER)

Missing MH370 likely to have disintegrated mid-flight: experts

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A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 commercial jet.

QZ8501 (AirAsia)

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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Thursday, September 17, 2015

European carmakers race to catch up as Toyota shows off new Prius

Yahoo – AFP,  Tangi Quemener, 16 Sep 2015

The electric powered BMW i8 (R) and i3 are seen next to a charging point at the
 66th IAA auto show in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on September 15, 2015
 (Tangi Quemener)

The electric powered BMW i8 (R) and i3 are seen next to a charging point at the 66th IAA auto show in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on September 15, 2015 .

Frankfurt (AFP) - Facing tougher emission standards, European automakers are rushing to roll out hybrid cars, but they face an uphill battle to catch up with Toyota which popularised the technology 18 years ago.

The Japanese giant will be showing its latest Prius -- the fourth edition since 1997 -- at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt this week.

A Mercedes electric drive car is 
plugged for charging during the 66th
 IAA auto show in Frankfurt am Main, 
western Germany, on September 15,
2015 (AFP Photo/Daniel Roland)
Almost two decades ago, few expected the car with a complex technology combining a petrol engine with battery-powered generators to become a hit.

In fact, the concept is not new, and Porsche lays claim to the first petrol-electric car prototype built by its founder as early as 1900.

But it is the Japanese giant that has managed to popularise the technology, first with 17,600 units in 1998, before sales exploded with its more spacious second-generation Prius.

Today, the car has become a symbol of environmental responsibility and Toyota's rivals, including Honda, Nissan, General Motors and Ford, have jumped into the game.

However, Toyota has enjoyed a substantial lead, having already sold more than eight million hybrids.

The Prius is by far the top-selling new car in Japan, where the hybrid market makes up close to 40 percent of total sales.

By comparison, hybrids make up just three percent of the US market -- and the share is shrinking with dropping petrol prices.

The hybrid has also remained a largely marginal affair on the other side of the Atlantic.

But it is slowly "starting to find a market because the cost equation is starting to balance out for some consumers," said Francois Jaumain from PwC.

Notably, several European governments offer subsidies or lower tax rates for owners of hybrid or electric vehicles.

The Audi quattro electric drive concept SUV is presented at the 66th IAA
 auto show in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on September 15, 2015
(AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

Toyota hopes to double its sales in Europe to 400,000 units by 2020, the Japanese group's executive vice president Didier Leroy told AFP.

German carmakers join race

Flavien Neuvy, who heads the Cetelem observatory on automobiles, added that consumers feel more confident about hybrids because, unlike with fully electric vehicles, drivers are less worried about being stranded at the side of the road given the petrol backup.

He believes that hybrid sales in Europe could rise to 10 percent of total volume.

Europe's latest emissions standard -- Euro 6 which took effect September 1 -- has also made hybrids more attractive as it will increase the cost of running cars powered by polluting diesel fuel.

In addition, car markets are required to meet the EU target of 95 g/km of CO2 emissions by 2020, giving them further incentives to find greener solutions.

According to a study by credit insurer Euler Hermes, Germany is currently trailing with average emissions of 130 g/km in 2014, dragged down by luxury energy guzzlers, while France has recorded 112 g/km.

The German auto industry is therefore pumping "massive investments into hybrid and electric technologies", the study said.

That is on full display at the Frankfurt show.

The new electric Porsche Mission E concept car is presented at the 66th IAA
 auto show in Frankfurt am Main, Western Germany, on September 14, 2015
 (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

BMW is showcasing its new rechargeable hybrids, while rival Mercedes-Benz expects to launch 10 models by 2017.

Volkswagen already has one hybrid version of its best-selling Golf line.

Audi and Porsche too are in the race.

Absent for now, however, are the French makers.

PSA Peugeot Citroen, whose high-end diesel hybrids have so far failed to gain traction commercially, has indicated that it will launch hybrid gas-electric cars by the end of the decade.

Renault meanwhile is banking on electric cars.

It has so far not produced any hybrids although its chief executive Carlos Ghosn said he does not rule out the possibility that its recently presented Talisman line would one day be hybrid.

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