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Car industry left reeling by multiple investigations

peter campbell | financial times | 28 april 2016

PA Consulting Group’s Daniel Hirsch, an automotive expert, is quoted in an article in the Financial Times. The article looks at the intense scrutiny car makers are under as regulators across the world use the Volkswagen scandal to bear down on wrongdoing in the industry.

The article explains that the EU is proposing improvements to carmakers’ oversight, including a requirement that from next year companies must disclose what emissions-reduction technology they have in their vehicles. This would, the article points out, make the EU ban on defeat devices easier to enforce.
There are also plans for testing cars’ NOx emissions in real world driving conditions from 2017. This highlights how the EU was for years focused on curbing CO2. 

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Daniel talks about the impact these plans have had and how it has in turn led European carmakers to focus their efforts on developing diesel engines, because they generate lower CO2 compared to petrol equivalents. He says: “The idea was to increase the share of diesel engines in the small car segment to reduce CO2 emissions.”

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