In the face of potential CO2 regulations that would mandate tough emissions regulations for new cars in the Eurozone, Germany is doing its best to shut them down completely. And the rest of the EU, along with some OEMs, are not happy about it.
The EU is looking to mandate an average fleet emissions of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer for new cars sold in 2020. This is roughly equivalent to what a current model Prius emits, and would understandably require a serious effort on the part of OEMs to meet these targets. If you’re someone like PSA , Fiat or Renault, that specializes in small, highly efficient engines, this isn’t such a big deal. Current fleet averages for the EU are at 132 grams per kilometer
On the other hand, this is not good for the German marques. Companies like BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz will suffer the most, especially their performance car lineups. According to Automotive News Europe, Germany has been doing everything it can to make sure that its manufacturers get away unscathed
Germany has been lobbying for weeks to shelter its premium car sector from the tighter regulations by campaigning for loopholes, known as supercredits. These allow manufacturers to carry on producing vehicles with high emissions provided they also make some very low emissions vehicles.
On Monday, Ireland brokered a compromise deal that allowed automakers to continue to offset sales of electric and other green vehicles against those of cars with high emissions, but the agreement achieved less than Germany had hoped for.
Instead of a compromise, ANE reports that Germany is now looking to overturn the whole thing, since they have given up on trying to change the agreement itself. This would understandably upset many in the environmentally conscious Eurozone, but it would also mean increased longevity for cars like the Mercedes-Benz SLS, which wouldn’t be the same with a 4-cylinder hybrid drivetrain, would it?