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Because of a new delay, the European Parliament won't decide whether to reject a compromise on vehicle emissions until February.

It looks like European automakers are winning their battle against the proposed European Union limits on automotive CO2 emissions. While the European Commission had proposed a limit of 120 g/km for the vehicle fleet by 2012, manufacturers where claiming the limit was too aggressive. The members of parliament apparently agreed, with the Industry and Energy Committee voting 35-21 to slow things down. Instead of having the entire fleet meet the requirement, only 60 percent of vehicles will have to

It seems so often the case that proposed regulations start out quite high and are then bartered down when the affected parties complain loud enough. This could again be the case with European Union legislation targeting automobile emissions. When the laws were first being considered, the bar was set at 120 grams of C02 per kilometer for an entire automaker's fleet of vehicles. First, we heard news that German car companies may be able to negotiate a break on these requirements, and now we hear t

Tell me what do you notice right away about these two headlines (from Automotive News/Reuters [subs req'd] today):