Apr 30, 2:11 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Arthur Villasanta 04/29/19 AT 11:35 PM In a clear sign its ramping-up production of its electric vehicles (EVs), Tesla Inc. has registered 39,680 new Model 3s with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A significant portion of these cars are destined for Europe, where the Model 3 became the best selling EV in the first quarter.This huge number is the largest Tesla has registered with the NHTSA since registering a batch of 407,324 EVs. When producing vehicles in the U.S., all automakers have to register the cars’ Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) with the NHTSA. Analysts use these VIN numbers to calculate key information about the cars being produced.By registering these 39,680 new Model 3s, Tesla is confirming these vehicles’ production over the next few weeks, said analysts. Some 40 percent of the newly registered Model … [Read more...] about Tesla Gets Massive Model 3 Orders As Sales In Western Europe Surge
By Norihiko Shirouzu BEIJING (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co's premium brand Infiniti said on Friday it will exit western Europe early next year, as it restructures its global operations and turns its attention to sales in the world's top two auto markets. Infiniti said it will discontinue the Q30 sedan and the QX30 sport-utility vehicle (SUV) and cease their production by the middle of 2019 at Nissan's manufacturing factory in Sunderland. Both models are sold globally but produced only in Britain. The move comes as Infiniti seeks to divert its resources to markets with bigger opportunities, such as China and the United States, from a region where non-European premium brands are struggling to compete against local players such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Nissan also recently scrapped plans to build its new X-Trail SUV in Britain amid the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, saying it had taken the decision to optimise its investments by building the next generation model in Japan. "Western … [Read more...] about Nissan’s Infiniti to exit western Europe early next year
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has slammed accusations that his country is anti-Semitic, saying that mass migration has led to a true rise in anti-Semitism in Western Europe. The Hungarian leader’s remarks came after he was questioned about anti-semitism in Hungary and accusations of anti-Semitism over his campaigns against the influence of left-wing billionaire George Soros in an interview with Germany’s Welt.“The international aspect doesn’t interest me all that much. Hungarian Jews enjoy the protection of the government. Also, we conduct a consistently pro-Israeli foreign policy,” Orbán said and added, “Because we are convinced that the existence of a Jewish state is not only important for European Jews but that the security of Israel is a key question for the stability of Europe.” Admitting that Hungary has had an anti-semitic Christian right in the past, the Hungarian prime minister said, … [Read more...] about Orban: Hungary Is Defeating Anti-Semitism While Western Europe Imports It
20 degrees Celsius in London, 19 degrees Celcius in Paris -- Western Europe is basking in the sun as the continent enjoys record-high temperature this winter. But the major downside to this? Air pollution. This week, a number of cities across Europe, including Paris, London and Madrid, have issued air pollution warnings. Northern Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands are also affected by fine particles and poor air quality. Forecasters predicted exceptionally high levels of nitrogen dioxide concentration, aggravated by the presence of Saharan dust particles. "Winter pollution is not exceptional and winter pollution episodes even tend to be stronger, " Vincent-Henri Peuch, the head of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, told Euronews, noting a greater tendency to accumulate nitrogen dioxide and fine particles during the winter months. "What is less common is that such a strong episode occurs in so many countries at once," Peuch said. The current pollution episode poses health … [Read more...] about Air pollution: the downside of Europe’s exceptionally warm winter
Follow recent figures showing a rise in anti-semitic attacks in France, Euronews' Hassan Refaei asked Pascale Alhadeff, director of the Jewish Museum in Brussels what she made of the current situation. Her answers were sent on email. Four years ago, four people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the museum. Question Hassan Refaei: French government statistics published last week that nearly 500 anti-Semitic attacks happened in the country last year, an increase of 74 percent in comparison with 2017. In your opinion, is this escalation in anti-Semitism intensifying in France in particular, or perhaps you find that it is a wave moving throughout Europe, and what is the specificity of France in this context? Pascale Alhadeff: Anti-Semitism remains pervasive across the EU and has become disturbingly normalized. The phenomenon is not limited to France. The escalation and specificity of France is that it is taking place within a context of social protests. Anti-Semitic acts happened … [Read more...] about What is anti-semitism and why is it spreading in Europe?