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CARS 2020 Action Plan: Focus on intelligent mobility solutions for the consumer welcomed

Press Release
Brussels, 08 November 2012

A focus on meeting 2020 C02 targets, infrastructure standardisation for electric vehicles by 2013, and the promotion of intelligent mobility solutions, have today been broadly welcomed by the FIA Region I office in Brussels. The policies are set out as part of the European Commission’s strategy for the automotive sector up to 2020 which was released today.

Jacob Bangsgaard, Director General of FIA Region I (EMEA), commented on the key aspects of the proposal from the perspective of the 106 Automobile Clubs and their 36 million members which the office represents:

CO2 Targets:  “Meeting the set CO2 targets for 2020 will be good news for the consumer in terms of both costs and the environment.  We welcome the Commission’s ambitious goals, and would like to see further targets set up to 2025”, said Mr Bangsgaard.

Linked to the 2020 CO2 targets, a revision of the Light Test Procedure is proposed by 2017. Research by FIA Clubs has found that the current type approval procedure used by the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) does not represent realistic driving conditions. Mr Bangsgaard commented, “Estimation of running costs is a key criterion for consumers buying a car today and is likely to increase even more in the future, in particular in light of soaring fuel prices. We therefore welcome the proposed revision by 2017 of the Light Test Procedure which is currently in place and has been found to be unrealistic. “

Electric Vehicles: “Electric vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, in particular in our cities. We therefore believe it is high time to standardise new technologies, as proposed for electric vehicles for 2013. Consumers will not adopt these technologies if the right infrastructure is not in place.”

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS):  “We strongly welcome a focus on investment in ITS solutions which can make a very important impact on both road safety and in terms of providing efficient mobility for all. In this context, the FIA calls again for the mandatory introduction of the emergency call system by 2015.”

Block Exemption Regulation: “The FIA welcomes the proposed setting up of a dialogue on vertical agreements (vehicle distribution), as an important step towards ensuring a successful transition period after the expiration of the Block Exemption Regulation 1400/2000 in 2013”.

Notes to the Editor:

CARS 2020: for a strong, competitive and sustainable European car industry
With 12 million sector-related jobs the automotive industry is vital for Europe's prosperity and job creation. The EU needs to maintain a world-class car industry, producing the most energy efficient and safe vehicles globally and providing high-skilled jobs to millions. To make this happen, the European Commission tabled today (8 November 2012) the CARS 2020 Action Plan aimed at reinforcing this industry's competitiveness and sustainability heading towards 2020.

Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Region I office
FIA Region I represents 106 Touring and Motoring Clubs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from its Brussels office, which total more than 36 million members. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists.

The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind the work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring.

For more information, please contact Niall Carty, Communications Manager, FIA Region I: or 02 282 0812




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