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The German arguments to European Commission rules aimed at lowering average vehicle CO2 emissions has been well covered. Because many of the major German brands make large, powerful vehicles, the German administration felt that they were being dealt with unfairly. France, for its part, has automakers which quite nearly complied with the proposed standards just as they were and did not want to see German automakers get any special treatment. Can't we all just get along? Maybe, since Automotive Ne

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

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?