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Matthias Wissmann, current head of the Verband Deutscher Automobilhersteller (VDA, or Association of the German Automotive Industry for us non-German speaking folks), is none too pleased with the passing of a $25 billion financing package for the Detroit automakers. Under the terms of the legislation, which has been approved by the House and is expected to pass through the Senate as well, the Detroit 3 will receive low-interest loans in order to finance the cost of bringing more fuel-efficient c

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The German automakers, through their lobbying group VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie), say they're no longer against the European Commission plan to require a reduction in vehicle CO2 emission to 120 g/km. Reuters reports that the German companies - most notably BMW, Daimler and VW - agree that 120 is a good target, but are still holding out to have that limit imposed in 2015 instead of 2012. The VDA isn't all of a sudden totally on the side of the EU regulators, and VDA President Matthias Wi

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As in the U.S., Japan isn't exactly known for their voracious consumption of diesel-powered vehicles. In point of fact, just a single derv-burning model, the Toyota Landcruiser Prado, remains on sale in the entire country.

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