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    Report: Secret EU plan could see police remotely stopping your car
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    Police in the European Union are allegedly hard at work developing a remote-stopping system that would allow authorities to disable a vehicle at a moment's notice, according to a report from AutoExpress. It's being developed by the European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services. The ...

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    Report: Automakers lobby to harmonize US-EU safety regulations
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    The 28-member European Union and the United States are currently negotiating a free trade agreement that, if successfully concluded, would rewrite the rules of international exchange for 46 percent of global trade. The magnitude of the potential deal means just about everyone is trying to ...

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    Report: France formally moves to ban Mercedes vehicles using contested refrigerant
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    That didn't take long. Shortly after a French administrative court gave the French government a ten-day window to reconsider its ban on registrations of Mercedes-Benz A-, B- and CLA-Class cars using the prohibited R134a refrigerant, the government cited an EU directive to formalize banning the ...

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    Report: French court lifts registration ban on Mercedes with contested refrigerant
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    The brief alphanumerics R134a and R1234yf are codes for a growing battle between carmakers, states and the EU. The air-conditioning refrigerant R134a has been banned by the EU for being too damaging to the environment, with R1234yf mandated as its replacement. Daimler and Volkswagen say that in ...

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    Read This: US and EU negotiating free trade pact to unify global auto safety regulations
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    Safety and emissions regulations have long been touchy subjects in the auto industry, because they can dictate the legality of automobiles and are not the same from country to country. Fragmented regulations add costs to vehicle sales, and they inhibit the ability of automakers to offer the same ...

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    Report: More EU states may block Daimler cars as refrigerant battle heats up
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    The last time we checked in on the battle of refrigerants, France had enacted a registration ban on some Mercedes-Benz vehicles because their air-conditioning systems were loaded with R134a, which was found to be harmful to the environment by EU tests. Now, other EU states are considering banning ...

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    Report: Euro car sales plummet to two-decade low
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    Just three months ago, as of April, the story was that the European car market registered its first gain in 19 months, consumer confidence was up "higher than average" and observers were hoping the month could be the first footstep in the trek to "legitimate recovery," even though Europe's ...

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    Report: Euro car sales hit 20-year low in May
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    Automotive News Europe reports vehicle registrations in the European Union fell to 1.08 million in May. That's down from 1.15 million a year earlier and marks the lowest number for any May since 1993. General Motors, Peugeot-Citroen, Fiat, Renault, Ford, Volkswagen and Audi all saw sales fall off ...

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    Report: Automakers lining up to support US-EU trade pact
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    The Detroit News reports automakers are coming out in support of proposed free trade legislation between the US and the European Union. The Association of Global Automakers, representing major Asian manufacturers, says the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will promote economic ...

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    Report: Car sales in Europe up for first time in 19 months
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    Automotive News reports the European automotive market has posted first gain in 19 months. Germany and Spain helped push the swell thanks to higher-than-average consumer confidence, though the EU saw registrations jump two percent overall compared to the prior year. In April, buyers took home ...

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    Read This: Why Cadillac thinks it needs to succeed in Europe to sell cars elsewhere
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    Ward's Auto has taken an interesting look at the renewed focus General Motors is showing towards Cadillac in Europe. Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac in Europe (pictured), says in order for the luxury brand to thrive in China, it first needs to succeed in ...

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    Report: EU formally questions French government assistance of Peugeot's finance arm
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    Recently, the finance arm of PSA/Peugeot-Citroën was in such debt trouble that it was pricing itself out of the car loan market. The rates it was paying to service its debt, which was rated one step above junk, were so high that it was forced to charge car-buying customers higher rates than ...

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    Official: EU auto insurers can no longer use gender to calculate premiums
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    The European Union's Gender Directive is officially in effect. Last year, the EU Court of Justice ruled that "differences in insurance pricing based purely on a person's sex are discriminatory." That means that insurance companies can't factor gender into their premium tables, so as of December ...

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    Report: Ford, Renault, VW shareholder oppose French aid for PSA/Peugeot-Citroën
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    Pots and kettles, glass houses and stones – that's a little of what we appear to have going on in the European car market. New reports say that that three European automakers have registered their opposition to a loan deal that PSA/Peugeot-Citroën is working on with the French ...

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    Report: Ford closing two more plants in Europe, cutting 6,200 jobs
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    Automotive News Europe reports that Ford is set to close two more facilities in Europe as it braces for losses in excess of $1.5 billion in the region. The move will see Ford reduce its production capacity by around 355,000 vehicles and slash its workforce by 6,500 employees. The automaker says ...

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    Report: France requests EU surveil South Korean imports
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    One of the French government's listed initiatives for aiding its ailing automotive sector, especially Peugeot, was asking the European Commission to keep an eye on imports from South Korea. The EU signed a free-trade agreement with South Korea last year, and France is concerned that might be ...

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    Report: EU to probe Porsche taxpayer grant to build new Macan
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    Porsche won't put its second crossover into production for another year, but the Macan is already causing some controversy. Not the Porsche-has-sold-its-soul controversy that accompanied the launch of its big brother Cayenne, but the why-is-the-German-government-subsidizing-it kind. According to ...

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    Report: VW Golf/Jetta CC too expensive to sell in U.S.
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    We've got bad news for you if you had your heart set on the smaller version of the Volkswagen CC. Car and Driver reports the German automaker has decided the four-door would simply be too expensive to sell in the American market. The article cites unnamed European sources as saying the vehicle ...

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    Report: What will happen to automakers if the Euro zone implodes?
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    Figuring out post-doomsday scenarios can make for hours of fun, but short of a cinematic "Kill them all!" they're rarely that accurate. That's because we never know which entrance doomsday is going to use, and the big doomsday is often followed by little doomsdays (as this year's Japanese ...

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    Podcast: European automakers irked over proposed noise standards
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    Ward's Auto reports the European Commission is pushing new measures that could burden automakers with stiff noise regulations for cars, buses and trucks. Under the proposed legislation, automakers would need to curb vehicle noise levels by two decibels two years after the legislation's wording is ...

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