Car Manufacturers Hold Politics Accountable

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Car Manufacturers Hold Politics Accountable
Car Manufacturers Hold Politics Accountable

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The European car manufacturers emphasize again and again that they cannot and do not want to meet the requirements of the EU Commission on their own. Environmental protection associations see it very differently.

The European auto industry does not want to be made single-handedly responsible for the EU climate protection goals. Among other things, she called for additional measures in transport policy, a contribution from fuel manufacturers and taxes that promote environmentally friendly cars across Europe. This “integrated approach” is the only way to support the EU Commission's goal of reducing emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide to an average of 120 grams per kilometer by 2012, said Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne on behalf of the European manufacturers' association ACEA on Wednesday at the IAA auto show. Consumers should also be encouraged to drive more economically.

EU requirement «not feasible»

The EU Commission's plan to reduce CO2 emissions to 130 grams per kilometer through engine technology alone is rejected by the industry, affirmed Marchionne. It is not feasible from the point of view of the industry. When asked, he did not specify any exact target values that the auto industry wanted to achieve. However, it is undisputed that the majority of the CO2 savings are achieved by the manufacturers.

Emphasizes closed demeanor

Marchionne did not comment on whether the manufacturers are calling for a graduation according to vehicle classes with higher sales limits for larger cars. It is too early to talk about it. There are also no differences between car manufacturers in southern and northern Europe. Most recently, German premium manufacturers such as Mercedes, BMW and Porsche had spoken out against blanket limit values for fleet consumption.

Strong criticism from environmentalists

Meanwhile, environmentalists are accusing the auto industry of fraudulent labeling in terms of climate protection. Instead of offering a wide range of low-emission cars, the manufacturers showed a number of new climate killers at the IAA. "I miss the insight that you won't get anywhere with a bit of PR - we need other vehicles," said the Federal Managing Director of Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), Jürgen Resch, on Wednesday in Frankfurt on the sidelines of the IAA auto show. The emission of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) is still too high for most vehicles. "The billions that are put into over-motorization must be diverted into environmentally friendly vehicles," demanded Resch.

Tampering allegations

Resch also accused the manufacturers of advertising with manipulated fuel consumption information. Tests have shown that many vehicles require up to 50 percent more fuel in practice. The authorities would have to systematically check the information and punish violations. "We need more honest information in order to give the consumer the opportunity to opt for climate protection and the protection of the wallet," demanded Resch. (dpa)