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Bray People - - MOTORING EXTRA -

EURO­PEAN trans­port min­is­ters have agreed a new en­ergy rat­ing sys­tem for tyres, which is ex­pected to come in from 2012. As well as fuel ef­fi­ciency, it will also in­di­cate wet grip lev­els and rolling re­sis­tance. There would also be a low noise mark. MEPs claim the sys­tem could save mo­torists up to 10% on their fuel costs. THE Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has pro­posed a new law to cut av­er­age CO2 emis­sions from vans. It wants to set van man­u­fac­tur­ers a ‘fleet av­er­age’ tar­get of 175g CO2/km, or 42.8 miles per gal­lon. The re­quire­ment would be phased in from 2014, when the av­er­age emis­sions from 75% of a man­u­fac­turer’s new vans would have to com­ply, ris­ing to 80% in 2015 and 100% in 2016.

If the av­er­age emis­sions of a man­u­fac­turer’s fleet ex­ceeds its limit in any year from 2014, they would have to pay a penalty for each van reg­is­tered – €5 for the first g/km over, €15 for the sec­ond, €25 for the third and €120 for each sub­se­quent g/km. From 2019, the first g/km of ex­ceedance would cost €120. SIL­VER is the most pop­u­lar car colour world­wide for the ninth con­sec­u­tive year, ac­cord­ing to PPG In­dus­tries. More than in one three (35 per­cent) of Euro­pean mo­torists pre­fer it, fol­lowed by black (22 per­cent) and blue and white (13 per­cent each). VOLK­SWA­GEN’S chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Win­terkorn be­lieves the world­wide au­to­mo­tive mar­ket won’t match pre-re­ces­sion lev­els un­til 2013 at the ear­li­est.

‘It’s clear that 2010 will be a very dif­fi­cult year,’ he said.

‘There are grow­ing signs that the worst of the cri­sis may now be be­hind us, but it will take time for the mar­kets to re­cover.’

Emerg­ing economies such as China and In­dia will be the source of any sales growth in the fu­ture, he added, not­ing that an es­ti­mated 300 mil­lion peo­ple in China are wait­ing to buy their first car, while the pro­por­tion of ve­hi­cles per res­i­dent in In­dia is 11 cars per 1,000 peo­ple com­pared with 500 per 1,000 in Ger­many.

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