A court will decide on Thursday whether German cities can ban heavily polluting cars, potentially wiping hundreds of millions of euros off the value of diesel cars on the country's roads. Environmental group DUH has sued Stuttgart in Germany's automaking heartland, and Duesseldorf over levels of particulate matter exceeding European Union limits after Volkswagen Group's 2015 admission to cheating diesel exhaust tests. The scandal led politicians across the world to scrutinize diesel emissions, which contain the matter and nitrogen oxide (NOx) and are known to cause respiratory disease. There are around 15 million diesel vehicles on German streets and environmental groups say levels of particulates exceed the EU threshold in at least 90 German towns and cities.
Brussels, 15 February 2018 – In January 2018, demand for passenger cars in the European Union grew significantly (+7.1%) compared to January last year – benefitting from a positive calendar effect. In January 2018, demand for passenger cars in the European Union grew significantly (+7.1%) compared to January last year – benefitting from a positive calendar effect. New car registrations amounted to 1,253,877 units during the first month of the year. Nearly all major EU car markets posted growth, except for the United Kingdom (-6.3%), which saw car sales decline for the tenth consecutive month. Spain (+20.3%) and Germany (+11.6%) recorded the strongest gains, followed by Italy (+3.4%) and France (+2.5%).
The Chinese government is leaning toward retaining local subsidies for electric vehicles after eliminating a proposal to scrap the funding, Bloomberg reported Monday. The newly amended policy is said to be in final stages of discussions to help sustain rising demand for so-called new-energy vehicles in China. After deliberating on the move to curb local aid to control state expenditures, policymakers are anxious that discontinuing local incentives would weaken the development of the new-energy vehicles sector, according to Bloomberg. Until last month, it was expected that the country would further cut subsidies for so-called new energy vehicles in 2018 and phase them out completely by 2020, according to China Daily, a daily newspaper that quoted Wu Zhixin, vice president of the China Automotive Technology and Research Center.