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EU Starts Clampdown On Gas-Guzzling Vans

The auto industry should stop selling its most gas-guzzling vans and minibuses in the European U-nion by 2016 or face fines, the EU’s executive arm said on Wednesday.

The deadline would be four years later than first envisaged after powerful auto makers pushed hard for a delay until the EU’s 27 member states have recovered from the economic crisis.
Average carbon emissions for each van would have to be cut by 14 percent between 2014 and 2016 to 175 grams for every kilometer driven, compared to an EU average of 203 grams today, the European Commission said.

By 2020, van makers would have to hit a target of 135 grams.

The launch of the proposal was delayed several times in recent weeks as officials in the Commission’s industry and environment units wrangled over the details.

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