Ford hits EU delay on agreement over new emission rules

Article by Anita Panait, on June 28, 2013

Ford Motor Co. has decried a decision by the European Union to delay an agreement on enforcing stricter rules on carbon dioxide emissions for all new cars in its territory starting in 2020. Due to a late intervention by Germany, representatives of EU countries postponed on June 27, 2013 a vote on limiting the average fleet CO2 emissions to 95 grams per kilometer.

The country is concerned that the new emission target would harm its luxury carmakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which build and sell large vehicles with high emissions. In a statement, Ford said that as a company committed to "meaningful CO2 emission reductions through advanced technology," it is "disappointed." 

EU sources told Automotive News Europe that German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to delay a decision until after national elections in September 2013. One of the sources remarked there is "no question of changing the content of the agreement."

Other sources, however, said that Germany is looking for allies to overturn the agreement, rather than to just delay it. A spokeswoman for Ireland, which holds the rotating EU presidency, remarked that a number of delegations had requested for more time to study the agreement. She added that Lithuania, which takes over the EU presidency from July 1, 2013, would oversee further discussions over the matter.

German carmakers claim that stricter emission rules favor French carmakers Renault, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Italian group Fiat as they produce smaller cars with low emissions. For weeks, Germany has been lobbying to protect its luxury car sector from the stricter rules by campaigning for loopholes known as supercredits, which allow carmakers to continue producing high-emission vehicles if they build some very low-emission units. [source: automotive news - sub. required]

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