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10 Things You Need to Know about SMMT’s 10 “Facts” about Diesel

Posted by Mel Evans — 19 April 2017 at 10:52am - Comments
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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is a car industry lobby group. Their members include most major car manufacturers and therefore, it is no surprise that the group has been at the forefront of bravely defending diesel recently.

Up where the air isn’t clear

Posted by Emily Randall — 6 January 2017 at 12:22pm - Comments
Mary Poppins in air pollution mask over Westminster to highlight air pollution
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Mary Poppins in air pollution mask flies over Westminster to highlight air pollution in the UK

Children’s hero Mary Poppins is back. But the air isn’t clear as she makes her descent - she has to wear an air pollution mask to cut through the toxic fumes.

Road-building plans are being driven round the bend

Posted by Sian Berry — 12 July 2013 at 6:26pm - Comments
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New road-building plans ride roughshod over the green economy

Last week's spending round was another nail in the coffin of "the greenest government ever". Treasury minister Danny Alexander's speech was a stream of plans and proposals to carve up the countryside, ratchet up road emissions and slash funding for green transport. So much for a green economy.

Where did all the fun go?

Posted by Hugh Mouser — 4 July 2013 at 6:43pm - Comments
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Sign of the times, but car companies are dragging their heels over electric vehicles

I grew up on a diet of TV shows like Knight Rider and The A Team. I saw Ferrari and Mclaren produce faster cars as time went by. I admired how the car industry kept on trying to improve.

But it seems like some carmakers have lost the fun of innovation.

Cleaner cars vote postponed as Germany secures pit stop for gas guzzlers

Posted by Hugh Mouser — 27 June 2013 at 6:13pm - Comments
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Clean car vote postponed? We're fuming

It looks like Angela Merkel's call to David Cameron last night has paid off, and the key vote on cleaner cars has been postponed.

URGENT: is Cameron doing a dangerous last-minute U-turn on cars?

Posted by jamess — 27 June 2013 at 10:50am - Comments
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You want it? You got it..

We've heard from an inside source that Angela Merkel the German Chancellor called Prime Minister David Cameron last night in a bid to block a critical law to make cleaner European cars. Ministers were supposed to agree the law today.

The final countdown to a decision on law for cleaner cars

Posted by Elena Polisano — 24 June 2013 at 11:01am - Comments
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Another day another attempt to kill a clean car law in its tracks.

Or so it seems. Because only the other week I wrote about the German government’s last ditch attempt to sabotage a law that will cut CO2 emissions from cars and provide 400,000 new jobs by 2030 across Europe. Now they're back with round two. No prizes for guessing that they’ve gone for stamina over originality.

Standing up to bullying tactics over cleaner cars

Posted by Elena Polisano — 18 June 2013 at 4:22pm - Comments
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German environment minister Peter Altmaier is keen to keep gas guzzlers on the road
It was 6.30am in Luxembourg and we were all keen to start. We got into our vans ready to launch our final action for cleaner cars in Europe. But this morning it was different. Instead of a handful of national activists calling on a car company to clean up its act, we went big.

There were thirty of us from across Europe who came together for the whole day to unveil a banner, placards and hand out flyers telling European governments to stand up to the bullying of Germany and its environment minister Peter Altmaier.

Last-ditch attempt to sabotage law for cleaner cars

Posted by Elena Polisano — 14 June 2013 at 4:08pm - Comments
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Angela has that petrol emotion

Politicians would make terrible magicians. That’s my conclusion after reading a new proposal that sets out how Europe should meet its fuel economy targets for all new cars.

The German government’s proposal is an attempt to con the rest of Europe into playing into the hands of car companies like BMW and Daimler.

Dear Mrs Merkel, please help - I’m afraid of commitment

Posted by Elena Polisano — 24 May 2013 at 4:36pm - Comments
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Of all the shoulders to cry on, it might seem strange to pick the German Chancellor’s. But that’s what the German car association (VDA) did this week when its president Matthias Wissman wrote to her to moan that long-term targets for cleaner cars could strangle the car industry. He asked her to take a strong position against the regulations which are currently being debated in Brussels.

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