How Brussels is making the car less and less democratic

The next Euro7 standard could “make a thermal car as expensive as an electric one”. Problems Vincent Koby, director of Citroën. “Euro 7 is likely to significantly increase the cost of cars,” says Jean-Philippe Imparato, the new head of Alfa Romeo (Stellantis) and former director of Peugeot. It will be “1,000 extra euros,” says Gilles Le Borne, technical director of Renault. “The Euro 7 standard in its current form goes beyond the simple laws of physics! It would simply make it impossible to continue producing thermal cars,” Carlos Tavares said a year ago in an interview with the publication. Figaro.

Stellantis’ general manager elaborated: “We cannot be content with waving the red flag of the urgency of global warming and destroying the industry we rely on precisely to combat it!” The requirements “will lead to an increase in the cost of vehicles up to 30% in the case of entry-level vehicles,” emphasizes the PFA (Platform Automotive). Moreover, the entry-level subcompact car niche has largely disappeared in recent years. Production of Opel Karl, Ford Ka, Citroën C1, Peugeot 108 was stopped. “Renault Twingo will not be replaced,” Luca De Meo, general manager of Renault, recently assured. Only Dacia Sandero and Fiat Panda still resist.

Judgment dated 20 July.

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