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Christopher Bruce2012-06-05 16:16:16

EU May Extend Deadline on CO2 Emissions to Help Automakers

Fiat is leading the EU in terms of CO2 fleet emissions

The European Union may extend its deadline on automakers' emissions because of the weakening European economy. Automakers have been complaining that the stronger emissions lead to more expensive cars, which means lower profits per vehicle because the cars must still be priced competitively. 

The automakers are asking the EU to change the deadline because of low profit margins and over capacity. German newspaper Die Welt reports that the EU is considering the change.  

To be fair, the European automakers may have a good argument about extending the deadline. If the European economy continues to decline and new car sales continue to fall, then there is a reason to extend the deadline. 

The original deadline was that automakers in Europe must have average fleet CO2 emissions of 130g/km by 2015 or pay penalties. FiatFiatFiatItaly, 1899 > present159 models
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is the only current European automaker that adheres to the 2015 limit as of 2012. Its fleet average CO2 emissions as of 2011 was 123g/km of CO2.

ToyotaToyotaToyotaJapan, 1937 > present155 models
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is 1g/km of CO2 off the limit for its fleet average. CitroënCitroënCitroënFrance, 1919 > present94 models
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and PeugeotPeugeotPeugeotFrance, 1882 > present120 models
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need to improve their fleets by 5g/km of CO2. 

HondaHondaHondaJapan, 1948 > present102 models
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, NissanNissanNissanJapan, 1932 > present159 models
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, DaimlerDaimlerDaimlerGermany, 1889 > present12 models
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, GMGMGMUnited States of America, 1998 > present8 models
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, MazdaMazdaMazdaJapan, 1920 > present80 models
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and DaciaDaciaDaciaRomania, 1966 > present11 models
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need to improve their fleet emissions by about 14g/km of CO2.

European Automakers Pushing to Make 2015 Emissions Standard
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Source: Automotive News European

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