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Cost Savings From Better Fuel Economy May Go Up In Smoke

European auto group says new diesel test procedures could make vehicle production cost-prohibitive.

Also, VW's Diesel Scandal Is Apparently An American Conspiracy

European automakers don't think their diesels will be able to hit upcoming EU standards, so they're asking for a break. Whether legislators go along with it remains to be seen.

European automakers want proposed CO2 emissions regulations for 2025 to be pushed back a further five years.

The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (abbreviated ACEA in French) is an industry group representing all the biggest automakers in Europe, representing their common interests on the world stage. And as such it needs a leader, figurehead and mouthpiece to serve as its president, and for the second time the association's board of directors has chosen Carlos Ghosn.

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 products around the globe.

Vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) aren't quite as exciting as cars that pack a big battery pack, but there's a good chance the gas-burners will play an increasing role in our transportation choice moving forward. Like 1,150,000 big.

Last time we told you about the EU's new CO2 limits, they were almost done. Naturally, the politicians needed a bit more time to discuss them, but now it is official: the EU has new CO2 limits for cars. The numbers remain the same: automakers will have to sell an array of cars that produce an average of 130 g/km in 2015. This limit will be gradually implemented: 65 percent of the fleet should be compliant in 2012, 75 percent in 2013, 80 percent in 2014 and 100 percent in 2015 (of course, all thi

Carlos Ghosn for President! Well, President of The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, or ACEA. The head man at the Nissan/Renault has been elected by the ACEA to act as its very own Knight in Shining Armor starting on January 1, 2009.

As we all know, the auto industry is sometimes subsidized by Governments, especially in hard times like this. In the case of the EU, its Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen have announced that the European car industry would get help - if automakers produce clean cars. The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) wants a €40 billion loan package to help it develop EU-required green technologies. ACEA claims that, without this help

This week, Detroit got its $25B bailout loan approved by Washington, and according to The Wall Street Journal, European carmakers are making like this is a game of "Simon Says." The Journal reports that Fiat has proposed the idea of hitting up the European Commission for €40 billion ($55B USD) to help the European auto industry make the move to cleaner, greener cars ahead of the strict new emissions regulations currently being bandied about. Like we said, this rationale is very similar to t

The ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturer's Association) recently published a statement that calls EU members' tendency to tax vehicles according to CO2 production figures a positive step. The ACEA recognizes that it's an effective and wise measure to make motorists choices more fuel-efficient vehicles. They do not, however, think that a Registration Tax (such as Spain) is adequate or that most of the work is done, since current schemes still rely on power, cylinder capacity or a combination o

The ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers' Association) has issued a note against the EU's plans to tax high carbon-producing industries and products. There is a proposal in the EU that would force automakers to pay 95 EUR per excess gram of CO2 per car. This would price a ton of CO2 emitted by cars at up to 475 EUR, more than in any other industrial sector.

While they were all in town for the Frankfurt Motor Show, the CEOs of most the big European car-makers had a talk about carbon dioxide emissions. They all agreed that reductions are definitely needed and they are working on implementing technology to make it happen. While they are not opposed to legislation to mandate reductions, they want to make sure the EU provides enough lead time to implement the changes. They also want an integrated approach that includes changes to vehicles, improvements

Recently the members of ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association have had diverging positions on CO2 limits being proposed by the European Union. While most are developing new vehicles to meet the proposed regulations, some like Porsche have gone as far as threatening to leave the European market if the new limits are made mandatory.

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