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Car manufacturers risk billions in fines

PA automotive expert, Thomas Goettle, has been quoted in an article in Dagens Nyheter discussing the findings of PA’s new carbon emissions report.

The article highlights how several premium carmakers risk billions of euros in fines when the EU introduces stringent regulations in 2021. When this comes into effect, the average carbon emissions should be a maximum of 95 grams per kilometre. And PA’s study shows many of the premium manufacturers risk not meeting their EU CO₂ emission targets including Volkswagen, BMW, Hyundai, Kia, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler.

Volkswagen, the largest car manufacturer in the world at present, face a huge fine, with Fiat Chrysler also in trouble. Volvo looks set to meet its targets along with French PSA, which includes Peugeot and Citroën, Toyota and Renault/Nissan.

The carmakers race to 2021 has started

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Thomas says: “If carmakers are to reduce their emissions, they need to invest more in producing electric vehicles and make them more attractive to customers."

“Today, the tests used in the industry don’t give an accurate picture of emissions rates. The difference between laboratory tests and real driving is large and has steadily increased over the years. But this autumn, a tougher test method will be introduced and according our analysis, this doesn’t bode well for manufacturers.”

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