EU Reportedly Has Secret Plan For Kill-Switch On All New Cars

The European Union is secretly developing technology that would be fitted to all new cars that would enable police to remotely stop any vehicle they want just by pressing a button, according to a report from The Telegraph. Either this is a huge advance in policing or a massive invasion of privacy. Or potentially both. »2/02/14 3:00pm2/02/14 3:00pm


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 1:20pm7/15/08 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 2:15pm12/19/07 2:15pm

France at War With Germany... Over Car Emissions

Europe is heating up over vehicle emissions (someone tell the Archduke of Austria to hide), and it's France on the offensive this time. A report recently came out detailing that while most European car companies were reducing emissions, German car emissions actually rose by 1.9%. Germany wants different limits for the… »11/15/07 11:00am11/15/07 11:00am

All Your Auto Operating Systems Are Belong To Japan, Inc.?

In response to similar moves from the European Union, the Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry are joining together with basically every Japanese automaker and major supplier — including Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Denso — to create a unified automotive OS for all automakers from the island nation. They're doing it with… »7/30/07 2:45pm7/30/07 2:45pm

Merkel Don't Need No Merkin: German Chancellor Stands Up for Bruce

Angela Merkel just applied a blast furnace to the cockles of our speed-freak hearts by standing up to the EU and asserting that unrestricted autobahn speeds aren't negotiable. The key to the development of the most Brucetastic vehicles in the world, the highways are a wonder of order and precision, at least when… »2/06/07 9:30pm2/06/07 9:30pm

British Motorists Want Greener Cars, EU Wants to Help

According to a survey by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, 90% of Blighty motorists want cars that cause less in the way of blight, and the European Commission is fast-tracking an initiative to make that happen. The new Low Carbon Car Fund will offer motorists between three-hundred and a thousand quid… »5/25/06 7:00pm5/25/06 7:00pm

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 5:40pm3/08/06 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 9:58pm12/13/05 9:58pm

The Light of One's Life: EU To Mandate Daytime Headlight Operation

The EU's mental muscles hooked up in Brussels for a sit-down on the question of daytime headlight operation and came out convinced that it should be mandatory across the European Union within a couple of years. When they were done, the went out for a few glasses of Chimay, ate tall waffles, consumed some… »12/12/05 5:51pm12/12/05 5:51pm