Friday, September 13, 2013

IAA 2013 - Merkel supports gas guzzlers - Frankfurter Rundschau

12 September 2013


Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), opened the car show IAA in Frankfurt. Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst / dpa

to start the world’s biggest motor show IAA in Frannkfurt want politics, automotive and IG Metall curb CO2 regulation. So that they reap sharp criticism from traffic and environmental organizations

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In the debate over stricter European environmental requirements for cars Chancellor Angela Merkel, German manufacturers has strengthened the back. “Europe must learn that we are not an isolated continent,” the CDU politician said at the opening of the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt on Thursday. “We can not impose our own manufacturers greater loads than do the other countries.”

Merkel told to lobby the EU for “reasonable requirements” for CO2 regulation: “The Federal Government is a reasonable for a balance between ambition on the one hand and entrepreneurial freedom of the other.” It can not be that all manufacturers only need to build fuel-efficient small cars. “To growth and innovation include cars of all classes.”

Merkel stressed that she believes more firmly in the triumph of electric cars in Germany: “We are all convinced that electric vehicles will play an increasingly important role. The goal remains. We want to get to 2020 million electric cars on the road, “

No political football

The auto industry again denounced the planned in Brussels stringent CO2 requirements. “The engineers with their technical know-how to find hearing from lawyers and bureaucrats,” the president of the Automobile Association, Matthias Wissmann said. The auto industry is not fit to be political football. When CO2 regulation – Brussels wants to push the CO2 emissions of 95 grams per kilometer by 2020 – go there not only to climate protection. “It’s also about a fundamental industry political guidance to Europe’s competitiveness to a healthy balance between ecology and economy.”

Especially German premium manufacturers such as Audi and BMW would benefit from so-called super credit – bonus points for selling electric and hybrid cars. For them it is much more difficult, strict EU limits with more efficient engines to achieve than for mass manufacturers such as Peugeot or Fiat.

IG Metall, Berthold Huber Wissmann had supported this point: “super credits are necessary for our premium industry. There we have massively losing jobs. “

“guardian of the auto industry,”

environmentalists, however, criticized the German advance. “Hair-raising is that the manufacturers are trying to secure using the electric cars the sale of bulky, gas-guzzling SUV,” criticized about the VCD.

Jens Hilgenberg, auto expert at the Federation for Environment and Nature Conservation Germany, said: “Merkel is the guardian of the German car industry. Back in June it blocked on behalf of the car lobby at EU level a sharper CO2 limit for new cars. This policy harms the reputation of Germany on climate change and also harms the auto industry itself “(AP)

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