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Germany paves way for EU to rule on Honeywell car refrigerant

Nov. 7, 2013 08:31 CET
Germany's final report on risks posed by a new car refrigerant has been forwarded to the European Commission, clearing the way for a decision on whether Berlin had sufficient cause to allow Daimler to ban it and flout EU law.... Read More »


BMW eyes $550 million prize in EU trade deal

Nov. 4, 2013 06:01 CET
BMW says it would save $550 million in duties every year if the United States and Europe got rid of their import tariffs on cars and trucks.... Read More »


Automakers on track to meet EU's 2015 carbon emissions target

Oct. 30, 2013 13:47 CET
EU car emissions fell 3 percent in 2012, putting automakers on track to meet a CO2 target of 130 grams per kilometer in 2015, according to data from the European Environment Agency (EEA).... Read More »


BMW joins VW in public support of German electric-vehicle goal

Oct. 29, 2013 06:01 CET
BMW has joined VW in backing the German government's goal to have 1 million electric cars on the country's roads by 2020.... Read More »


Germany wins EU court fight over VW law legality, escapes fines

Oct. 22, 2013 10:51 CET
Germany escaped fines after the European Union's top court said it complied with a 2007 ruling to change legislation known as the Volkswagen law which shielded the automaker from takeovers.... Read More »


EU offers to end tariffs on Japanese auto parts, report says

Oct. 21, 2013 11:47 CET
The European Union is ready to eliminate tariffs on Japanese auto parts in exchange for Japan ending import duties on a range of European food items, a report said.... Read More »


BMW family donation to Merkel's party starts lobbying row

Oct. 15, 2013 16:34 CET
German opposition parties accused Angela Merkel of pandering to the car lobby, after her political party received major donations from the family that controls BMW, just as Berlin was lobbying against tougher EU caps on carbon emissions.... Read More »


Germany wins backing of EU to block car emissions law

3:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2013
European Union environment ministers agreed to German demands to scrap an agreement to cap average EU new-car emissions at 95 grams per kilometer in 2020 from about 130/g/km now after Berlin argued the target would cost jobs and damage its premium automakers.... Read More »


Germany wins backing of EU ministers to block car emissions law

Oct. 15, 2013 09:04 CET
European Union environment ministers agreed to German demands to scrap an agreement to cap average EU new-car emissions at 95 grams per kilometer in 2020 from about 130/g/km now after Berlin argued the target would damage its premium automakers.... Read More »


Germany set to win fight to weaken CO2 limit, report says

Oct. 14, 2013 13:17 CET
Germany is close to winning its fight to weaken a proposed tougher limit on new-car CO2 emissions in the EU, a report said.... Read More »


EU steps up dispute with Russia over car-recycling fees

Oct. 10, 2013 13:08 CET
The EU asked the World Trade Organization to rule on the legality of a recycling fee imposed by Russia on imported cars, stepping up a trade dispute between the two.... Read More »


EU delays decision on 95g/km CO2 limit after lobbying from Germany

Oct. 5, 2013 09:39 CET
EU governments delayed for a third time a target to cut average CO2 emissions from Europe's new-car fleet to 95g/km after lobbying from Germany on behalf of its automakers.... Read More »


Renault diesel hybrid project wins EU approval

Oct. 2, 2013 13:29 CET
The EU approved French government support to help Renault develop diesel hybrid technology for its Master and Trafic commercial vans.... Read More »


German authorities raid offices of 6 auto suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
German antitrust authorities searched the offices of six automotive suppliers last week: Magna International Inc., IAC Group, Faurecia, Borgers AG, Autoneum Germany GmbH and one other supplier whose identity could not be confirmed.... Read More »


French carmakers back German bid to delay EU carbon limits

Sept. 27, 2013 14:27 CET
Renault and PSA support Germany's bid to delay a 95g/km limit on average CO2 emissions for new cars in the EU. The French automakers have reversed their previous position under pressure from their German counterparts, sources said.... Read More »


European execs see little hope of U.S.-style recovery

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2013
The vibe at this week's Frankfurt auto show has been much like that of the Detroit show — circa 2010. European auto executives week expressed cautious optimism that the gut-wrenching, five-year sales decline has reached a nadir. But there also was skepticism about the future pace and shape of any recovery, with little confidence that it would resemble the flourishing rebound that the U.S. market has enjoyed over the last four years.... Read More »


Merkel warns EU against tough CO2 targets for carmakers

Sept. 13, 2013 11:24 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, facing elections in less than two weeks, warned the EU against imposing tough environmental targets on German luxury carmakers.... Read More »


Volvo and Renault reach CO2 target 3 years early

Sept. 9, 2013 00:15 CET
Volvo and Renault have achieved their European CO2 targets three years ahead of schedule. PSA and Toyota reached their individual targets in 2011. T&E expect that Fiat and BMW will reach their targets this year, according to new data.... Read More »


Daimler wins French court ruling to resume vehicle sales in France

Aug. 27, 2013 16:05 CET
Daimler won provisional backing from France's highest administrative court to overturn a suspension of Mercedes sales in the country amid a dispute over a new refrigerant.... Read More »


Toyota switches back to banned refrigerant in Europe

Aug. 24, 2013 12:08 CET
Toyota has switched back to using the air conditioner refrigerant R134a for some Toyota and Lexus models in Europe. Until Toyota's decision, Daimler was the only automaker that refused to phase out R134a.... Read More »


European car market begins rebound as economy improves

Aug. 15, 2013 11:34 CET
The European car market is showing the first signs of improvement as a recession ends in the euro zone and deliveries begin to rise in key regional markets.... Read More »


EU seeks to defuse row over Mercedes refrigerant

Aug. 6, 2013 20:12 CET
The European Commission will mediate in a dispute over an air conditioning refrigerant in Mercedes cars. France has refused to register A-, B- and CLA-class models because they use a banned refrigerant.... Read More »


Mercedes showrooms in France emptied in refrigerant dispute

Aug. 3, 2013 06:01 CET
France's move to outlaw sales of Mercedes cars that use an air conditioner refrigerant banned by the EU is hitting dealers hard.... Read More »


PSA wins EU approval for 7 billion-euro state guarantee

July 30, 2013 18:56 CET
PSA won EU approval for the French government to guarantee 7 billion euros ($9.28 billion) in bonds for its banking unit. The guarantee will help keep the automaker afloat as it struggles to rein in losses.... Read More »


PSA set to win EU approval for state aid by next week

July 24, 2013 08:58 CET
EU regulators will approve next week a 7-billion-euro French government loan guarantee for PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's financing arm, sources said. The guarantee is aimed at ensuring the carmaker's viability.... Read More »


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