German car industry calls on EU to drop tighter CO2 emission targets 

Posted: April 4, 2020 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, government, ideology, Travel
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H/T The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

The public turns out not be persuaded by EU bureaucrats that expensive short-range BEVs with high depreciation, limited recharge options and uncertain battery life are the way to go. And the current virus situation only reduces spending power, leaving car makers with nowhere to go but down as massive fines for missing absurd CO2 targets begin to bite.
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The German car industry is calling for stricter EU climate requirements to be overturned or to be delayed as car sales plummet to lowest level in nearly three decades.

It has urged the government to back them in efforts to make the European Union drop a planned tightening of emission limits on cars, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Leading industry and trade union representatives met with Chancellor Angela Merkel, economy minister Peter Altmaier, and transport minister Andreas Scheuer on 1 April for a crisis meeting in light of the economic difficulties car manufacturers are facing due to the coronavirus.

“This not the time to think about further tightening of the CO₂ regulation,” Hildegard Müller, president of in the influential carmaker lobby group VDA later said.

Full article here.

  1. Coeur de Lion says:

    Up the road from me is a ‘hard-working family’ with multiple activities supported by four modest not nearly new ICE saloon cars and a camper van. Cost of going electric- about $170,000? Come of it you stupid idiots.

  2. ivan says:

    About time that someone stood up against the Communist EU. It has taken them long enough to realise that all the EU is doing is following the diktat of the UN New World Order and their merchant banks with George Soros trying to buy all the almost bankrupt companies that the EU ‘green deal’ would leave. We mustn’t forget that they would also buy all the bankrupt countries as well.

  3. oldbrew says:

    They’ll still be arguing when the world…ends?

    APRIL 3, 2020
    While we fixate on coronavirus, Earth is hurtling towards a catastrophe worse than the dinosaur extinction

    by Andrew Glikson, The Conversation
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    Too late, April 1st has passed matey 😆

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ve been a German car owner since about 1969. Started with an air cooled VW. I did a brief stint of Honda from 1980 to about 1994. That was nice. About 1989, bought my first Mercedes and the Honda became the spare. . Been driving Mercedes ever since. Still own some old ones. But about a year ago I bought s Subaru. I love it.

    Now Mercedes has announced no new ICE engine cars. They have designed their last engine.

    Well, fine with me. I plan to just keep two “fine old Mercedes” running as long ss I can drive. One all mechanical Diesel. One gas wagon.

    Most miles will go on the Subaru. Anything newer will be a Subaru.

    Yeah, the ride isn’t quite as smooth. But it was fine on a recent marathon coast to coast 6000 mile run. Parts cost about 1/4 or less. Where the Mercedes is a $thousand minimum for a tuneup, the Subaru is $250 or I can DIY easily. A front half shaft for the 4Matic wagon was over $thousand for the part only, while the Subaru was $250 installed…. The Subaru gets more mpg on regular, the Mercedes demands primium at significantly higher price.

    So I no longer care what the German car makers do. They can go out of business, or make electric roller skates, or golf carts or whatever. I’ve lost interest in their overpriced PC product.

  5. Yes EM Suburu is a great car. I have had mine for 16 years and put 334,000 km on the clock. Motor , gears, transmission etc has had no work on them. Only problem at present is that the electric motor on the drivers side window is not working. I wish they still had manual windows winders. I like the AWD and the high-low ratio manual gears. I doubt I will be interested in the hybrid. Too much electric to go wrong. The drop in fuel price is one good thing at this time. We can get standard petrol for around $1.00/l. I think some 40% of this is government tax.

  6. oldbrew says:

    My first car was the air-cooled 1200cc VW Beetle with a 6-volt battery under the back ‘seat’, a removable bench. The manual said: top speed 72 mph, cruising speed 72 mph.

    It had no petrol gauge, but if it started spluttering there was a lever below the steering column that gave an extra gallon when operated, ideal for motorway journeys – if you were quick enough before it coasted to a halt 🤔

    See under ‘instruments’ here…

    So when the engine quit, the drill was to leave the engine in gear, cut into the slow lane, flip the valve with your foot and pump frantically on the gas pedal to restore the flow of gas. If everything worked, the engine started up again after about 5 seconds of terror; if unsuccessful, you cut onto the shoulder and coasted to a stop.

  7. oldbrew says:

    SOS: EU Urged To Put Economic Survival Ahead Of Green Deal
    Date: 04/04/20 Global Warming Policy Forum

    As Europe’s economies are in full lockdown, industries facing total collapse are desperately calling on the EU to water down or at least delay costly climate policies. In this crisis it is becoming evident that the Green Deal is an existential threat to Europe’s economies and the wellbeing of the general public rather than a benefit.
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    EU stupidity test ahead.

  8. BLACK PEARL says:

    The EU has killed the motor trade.
    The Increased CO2 taxation on (what they deem inappropriate) new vehicles, will see sales plummet, as they attempt to make ICE vehicles as expensive as electric.
    CO2 legalisation in vehicles has led to a race to the bottom in reliability / longevity with ever more electronic involvement in the process to squeeze that pointless extra 1/10 MPG
    Who is going to buy a Hybrid or fully electric vehicle out of warranty that is guaranteed to turn into a money pit to run as it ages ?

  9. oldbrew says:

    APRIL 3, 2020
    BMW in dash for cash as German car sales plummet

    “Circumstances as serious as this can threaten the existence of even a large company,” BMW boss Oliver Zipse said in an interview circulated to staff.
    . . .
    A hint at the pressure on carmakers came from Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess last week, when he said virus-imposed shutdowns were costing the sprawling 12-brand giant up to two billion euros per week.
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    They don’t need idiotic EU ’emissions’ fines as well.

  10. tom0mason says:

    No Germany! You wanted, you demanded this, you MUST show the world how well it works in practice and so be the top grade example to all.

    The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.

    Abraham Lincoln

  11. Gamecock says:

    ‘leaving car makers with nowhere to go but down as massive fines for missing absurd CO2 targets begin to bite’

    They can move to America.

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