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European car manufacturers fail to meet EU emission limits

Søren Springborg | Energiwatch.dk | 26 February 2016

Thomas Goettle, PA automotive expert, is quoted in an article in Energiwatch.dk discussing how European carmakers are struggling to meet the EU’s emissions limits due to be implemented in 2021.

According to PA’s annual benchmark of the car producers, several may face huge fines if they fail to meet the limits which have been tightened to 95g of carbon per kilometre. Moreover, European car manufacturers will have to meet the requirements of a new EU legislation, where real driving emissions, monitored using portable emission measurement systems (PEMS), will be included.

The legislation will take effect in January 2017 and make emissions measurement even more of a priority during engine development. Measures to reduce pollution will also have to be applied at every point on the engine map.

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“If this test cycle is implemented in 2017, all manufacturers will struggle to reach its specific CO2 target by 2020/2021,” says Thomas.

According to PA’s benchmarking study, four car producers will struggle to meet EU’s emission limits: Volkswagen, BMW, Hyudai-Kia and Jaguar Land Rover. Even though the car producers invest about €40 million in research and development, several of them are facing fines of millions of euros. Meanwhile, PSA (Peugeot Citroën), FCA (Fiat Chrysler), Renault-Nissan, Toyota and Volvo all look set to reach their manufacturer-specific targets in this year’s annual rankings.

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