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Dimas Says Carmakers Missing CO2 Target Face Fines

Date: 10-Sep-07
Country: GERMANY

Dimas told Bild am Sonntag newspaper before this week's
international car show (IAA) in Frankfurt that carmakers will be
punished if they fail to meet targets, and dismissed complaints
from manufacturers that the targets are unrealistic.
"We're fully aware that European manufacturers have very
different types of cars in their fleets," he said. "That's why
we'll have rules that will enable us to reach our climate goals
in a way that the car industry can live with.

"But the law must be obeyed," Dimas added. "In the event
that a company does not obey the requirements, there will be
corresponding sanctions."

The Commission plans to introduce legislation next year to
have emissions from new cars cut to an average 130 grams per
kilometre by 2012. That would contribute to an overall aim of
120 g/km by 2012, against current levels of 163 g/km.

Car makers have criticised the move as unfair and
unrealistic, and called on the executive body of the European
Union to push the deadline back to 2015 to give them more time.

"As the public debate has become more intense, we've
suddenly seen what can be achieved," Dimas said. "Just about
every carmaker is now bringing out low-emission vehicles on the
market -- and that is true for every segment."

German carmakers have long resisted pressure and legislation
to make less polluting cars. They have been relatively slow to
cut cars' carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and improve fuel
efficiency.

Reuters
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