The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament has fallen into line with virtually every demand of the car industry lobby in a vote on proposed fuel efficiency standards for new cars.
Making manufacturers produce cleaner cars is the best way to bring down climate changing emissions from Europe's cars, and
urgent action on fuel efficiency should be taken by the European Union,
according a majority of people around Europe. 
The 1948 and 2008 Volkswagen Beetles, separated by sixty years of advances in automobile design, but sharing the same level of fuel efficiency. This startling fact is highlighted in a new advertising campaign launched today by Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) and Transport and Environment (T&E).
BMW AG improved fuel efficiency last year at four times the average rate of major manufacturers, new figures show. But the overall performance of the industry was not enough to meet proposed climate targets for new cars.
Manchester has become the latest city to propose a congestion charge. The city says congestion is costing businesses money and depriving the city of skilled workers. Five other major European cities (Bergen, Oslo, London, Stockholm and Milan) have congestion charges.