Two European Automakers Meet Decade's "Voluntary" CO2 Targets; Success!

Only two companies achieved the voluntary average CO2 target of 140 g/km that European automakers set for themselves in the late 1990's to avoid actual government sanctions. Fiat and Mini were the big winners with emissions of 138.2 and 139.6 g/km, respectively. The worst offenders were Porsche (275.6 g/km), Land… »7/15/08 1:20pm

EU Outlines New Environmental Restrictions, Disappoints Ze Germans and Ze Greens

The European Commission announced their energy bill today, which will require carmakers to reduce the CO2 emissions of new automobiles by approximately 20% to 120 grams per kilometer (30 fingers per ounce, we think) by 2012. Within the EU cars account for 12% of all carbon emissions. On one side, environmental groups… »12/19/07 2:15pm

Clamping on the Furriners: British Cops to Immobilize Unlawful Foreign Vehicles

The Brits are amending their Road Safety Bill to include a provision for law-enforcement officers to clamp foreign-registered vehicles that muff the rules. Inspired by falsified names/addresses by cross-Europe truckers, the po-po will now be able to clamp vehicles from other nation-states if the drivers are unable to… »3/08/06 5:40pm

Euro Automakers Cry Foul, Threaten to Take Case to WTO Over Chinese Regulations

European vehicle manufacturers aren't thrilled with Chinese decrees that foreign automakers must engage in joint ventures with domestic companies. They feel (and rightly so), that the playing field is set for an uphill run to the goal for their products, as well as their long-term business plans. So much so, in fact,… »12/13/05 9:58pm