European Commission backs France in Daimler issue

Article by Anita Panait, on July 19, 2013

The European Commission has given provisional support to France's move to block the registration and sale of several new Mercedes-Benz models as they contain the disallowed R134a refrigerant. The Commission's assessment is a big setback for Mercedes parent Daimler and could pave way for a similar move by other EU member countries.

EU industry chief Antonio Tajani said in a statement that there are Daimler-built vehicles in Europe that, according to the Commission analysis, do not conform “with their type-approval."

He said that further assessment is needed to see whether some Daimler cars built since May 2013 under a previous approval from Germany are also illegal. Tajani said this means that France's refusal to register Mercedes models built since June 12, 2013 may be considered legal under existing EU rules, provided that proper procedures were followed.

France has refused to register Mercedes A class, B class and CLA cars despite an existing approval from German authorities since they contained the R134a refrigerant that is banned in the EU as it is a potent global warming agent.

According to Daimler, its refusal to phase out R134a is justified by safety concerns over the only replacement, the R1234yf coolant. A Daimler spokesman remarked that the cars have a valid, European-wide permit, noting that “nothing should stand in the way of their being registered." [source: automotive news - sub. required]

Topics: europe, france, daimler

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Volkswagen Group’s dieselgate saga continues, but it appears the German company would be able to get out of trouble, but it would not be unscathed. This development comes as Volkswagen...
by - January 22, 2017
When a car has been in the market for nearly six years, it loses some of its luster and its customers tend to go for the all-new model with a...
by - January 22, 2017
Remember Zenos Cars, a British carmaker that specializes in designing and building lightweight and high-performance sports cars? If you are wondering how the company is faring with their E10 lightweight...
by - January 21, 2017
Mercedes-Benz has revealed that in 2017, its series 124 coupé will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. While this itself is a significant event, it will also mean that this model...
by - January 21, 2017
BMW’s 550i xDrive has long been considered as one of the most successful business sedans in the world. For the brand, this may not be enough as it has officially...
by - January 20, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries