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Parliament debates a crushing new requirement for European automobiles.

The European Parliament is set to begin debate on a far-reaching proposal to reduce the carbon footprint of European vehicles.  The new plan is both large and far-reaching, but the most shocking part is a requirement to ban within six years all vehicles with a top speed of over 162km/h (101 mph). At a stroke, this would eliminate the manufacture and sale of every sports car in Europe, along with larger, more powerful sedans. The plan also includes a requirement that carmakers spend 20% of all advertising to warn consumers of the CO2 emissions of their products.

The plan's author is Chris Davies, a member of Parliament and spokesman for the EC's committee on the environment and public health. Mr. Davies official position is, "cars designed to go at stupid speeds have to be built to withstand the effects of a crash at those speeds. They are heavier than necessary, less fuel efficient and produce too many emissions."  This of course ignores the fact that the fastest sports cars are designed as light as possible and actually weigh much less than the average family car.

The plan is known as the Carbon Allowance Reduction System, or CARS for short... apparently in the hopes that a catchy, easy-to-remember name will help sell it.

Mr. Davies is also working on a new labeling scheme for Europe, whereby all goods and services purchased in Europe-- everything from an airline ticket to a packet of cornflakes-- will be required to be labeled with an official "carbon statement"-- the result of a complex and expensive accounting of the total emissions generated during manufacture, shipping, and use. He tosses off concerns over the cost of the project as unwarranted piffle.

Europe has long been known as home to some of the planet's fastest sports cars-- as well as its fastest public motorways.  Will one stroke of a pen change all that? Contact your local MEP to find out.

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100 MPH is nothing in europe
By Nik00117 on 7/11/2007 3:48:40 PM , Rating: 2
My 1989 318i BMW can hit speeds of about 190 KM if I REALLY PUSH IT.

Thats about 118-120 MPH.

This is no sports car.

And I agree this is just a career move all it is.

RE: 100 MPH is nothing in europe
By Chillin1248 on 7/11/2007 4:48:32 PM , Rating: 2
Hell my 2007 ~85bhp Sirion Dihatsu can hit speeds in excess of 160km/h, and could go further if I wasn't afraid of the wheels falling off it.


RE: 100 MPH is nothing in europe
By josmala on 7/14/2007 8:42:43 AM , Rating: 2
Heck even 80's Toyota corolla can get over that. Nowadays.

RE: 100 MPH is nothing in europe
By Chillin1248 on 7/14/2007 12:10:32 PM , Rating: 2
Have you ever seen the Sirion? It is not exactly the kind of car that gives the impressions it can hit 100KM/h (I have the 1.3 automatic 2WD version):

It actually says in the Driver Manual not to exceed speeds of 90KM/h with this vehicle.


RE: 100 MPH is nothing in europe
By PlasmaBomb on 7/16/2007 2:42:25 PM , Rating: 2
My first car would do 100 mph and weighed 100kg less than your Sirion, it was great fun =)

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