VENICE, Italy – Automakers overflow with ideas to ensure they have a future in a changing world, but when they invite academics into the room with them, new light bulbs can go off over their heads. A recent symposium of automotive sustainability here is a case in point. Managers from General Motors, Audi and PSA Peugeot Citroen described projects such as car sharing, electric and autonomous vehicles and reducing carbon dioxide and waste in their production processes. The academic ...

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