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Boom in SUVs creates problems for carmakers

Romeo Regenass

Tages Anzeiger Zürich, Basler Zeitung, Berner Zeitung, Der Bund, Thuner Tagblatt

13 September 2013

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Thomas Goettle, PA automotive expert, is quoted in a number of Swiss newspapers on how the popularity of SUVs is worsening the outlook for carmakers required to meet the EU’s 2020 targets on CO₂ emissions.

Although manufacturers of premium and volume cars are generally seen as being on track to meet these targets, PA Consulting Group’s analysis suggests that BMW and Daimler in particular, but also Volkswagen, Opel and Nissan, will miss the target for CO₂ emissions from their overall portfolios.

Thomas suggests that the EU should adopt an incremental approach to the 2020 target, as it has done with the 2015 target. “This could give carmakers until 2023 instead of 2020 to get 100 per cent of their fleet on target for 95g CO₂/km, and set a new target to get 70 per cent of their fleet to this level by 2020, which could prove a more achievable option.”


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