Germany's dirty cars
by Joerg Wolf in German Politics, International Economics
Cars produced by German manufacturers like Daimler and Volkswagen are getting
dirtier even as those from French and Italian manufacturers like Peugeot and
Fiat are getting cleaner. Of the major car producing countries in Europe,
emissions of carbon dioxide from new cars sold by German automakers increased
0.6 percent in 2006, even as French and Italian car makers cut their emissions
by an average 1.6 percent, according to the study published by Transport &
Environment, a campaign group for sustainable transport based in Brussels.
German carmakers "seem to be intent on building ever heavier, larger and more
gas-guzzling cars that simply don't belong in the 21st century," said Jos Dings,
a director of T&E.