Even though we heard a report to the contrary just yesterday, government sources in France and Germany have told Thomson Financial that they are not about to reach a deal on CO2 emissions. As you might know, French automakers are not putting up as big a fight over low-CO2 emissions the way the dirty German automakers are. After all, it's Daimler, BMW, Porsche and Audi, after all, who have the most to lose should penalties of 20 euros per gram of CO2 over the 120 limit kick in in 2012 (it could
U.S. and European Union lawmakers made important legislative decisions late last year. In the U.S., the CAFE rules got hammered out and in the EU, the European Commission decided on some CO2 laws. While these are both just steps along the way to cleaner vehicles, Automotive News Europe's Jason Stein is pretty convinced that the European CO 2debate is really just beginning.
The new Energy Saver tires from Michelin should be good for the environment (or, at least, better than previous tires since they should reduce the CO2 emissions of whatever car they're on by up to seven grams per kilometer, according to a Michelin representative). But, should these tires also be good for the automakers that use them?
Automotive News Europe columnist Tony Lewin (subs req'd) has got a message for the European automakers in the wake of new CO2 laws: stop whining. He didn't say that in so many words (he said that the automakers are letting out "anguished squeals" and "you would have thought that they were told that starting in 2012 all cars had to have square wheels and run on recycled orange juice"), but that's his message. We've already seen VW express unhappiness over the fines that will kick in in 2012. Lewi
If new CO2 emissions limits do get enacted in the EU soon, the French and Italian automakers will be in the best position to meet them soonest. A new study of the largest automakers emissions in 2005 and 2006 showed that PSA/Peugeot-Citroen led the way last year with an average of only 142 g/km for their fleet followed by Fiat and Renault at 144 and 147 respectively. DaimlerChrysler was at the opposite end of the scale actually increasing emissions by 2.8 percent to 188 g/km which might be relat
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