The color-coded system would include two color-coded bars. One for the impact of the car when empty (probably with the driver) and a second one at full load. The colors would range from red (bad) to green (good). This system would make easy for consumers to compare different vehicle choices.
The bill is going to be debated in the two parliaments soon, although the current federal minister of Economic Affairs wants to introduce a vehicle class differentation. Environmentalists rejected this plan because it would favour big vehicles. The German Vehicle Manufacturers Association said that there was no sense in such a federal plan and aims at European standardization.
[Source: Welt am Sontag via AutoPresse]