The general secretary of the car makers’ federation Acea, Ivan Hodac, told a conference that the car makers had done what they could but had faced resistance from consumers who did not want to pay more for fuel-efficient cars as they had no financial incentives.
T&E director Jos Dings said: “We are happy to support Acea’s call for greater financial incentives for buyers of cleaner cars, but that doesn’t reduce the car makers’ responsibility to produce them. The performance of Fiat, Renault, Citroën and Peugeot show that cleaner cars are possible and undermines Mr Hodac’s claim that the industry has done its part of the bargain.”
• The German campaign group Bund has begun an advertising campaign protesting against CO2 emissions from German-made cars. Germany’s car makers came out badly in the ground-breaking figures published by T&E in November which highlighted each company’s performance in trying to get an overall new car average of less than 140 g/km.
This news story is taken from the December 2006 edition of T&E Bulletin.