The ACEA (the European Automobile Manufacturers Association) said that they agreed with this new legislation but, because of "the current financial and economic crises, the auto manufacturers reiterate their urgent call on EU governments and institutions to support short and long-term automotive development and manufacturing in the EU." France's President Sarkozy said that helping the automakers would be fine, as long as factories weren't taken to other countries (Renault barely makes cars in France anymore, for example). ACEA also expressed concern on how the €95 per excess gram of CO2 would hit the auto industry, compared to other polluting counterparts (*ahem* coal electricity generation *cough*).
As some of our readers pointed out, we can establish an approximate comparison of mileage figures and amount of carbon emissions per km. We got our hands on a full table, which you can find after the jump.
[Source: SMMT, ACEA]
|CO2 g/km||mpg U. S. (gasoline)||mpg U. S. (diesel)||mpg Imp. (gasoline)||mpg Imp. (diesel)||l/100km (gasoline)||l/100km (diesel)|