How Brussels makes the car less and less democratic

The forthcoming Euro7 standard could “make the thermal car as expensive as the electric one,” he explains Challenges Vincent Cobée, director of Citroën. “Euro 7 is likely to greatly increase the cost of vehicles,” said Jean-Philippe Imparato, new head of Alfa Romeo (Stellantis) and former director of Peugeot. It will be “an additional 1,000 euros,” says Gilles Le Borgne, Renault’s director of engineering. “As it stands, the Euro 7 standard goes beyond the simple rules of physics! It would simply make it impossible to continue making thermal cars,” Carlos Tavares said in an interview a year ago. Figaro.

The general manager of Stellantis stated: “We cannot be satisfied with waving the red flag of the urgency of global warming and destroying the industry we have precisely to fight it!” The requirements “would lead to an increase in the price of vehicles of up to 30% in the case of entry vehicles,” underlines the PFA (Automotive Platform). In addition, the niche of small-priced mini-entry cars has largely disappeared in recent years. Production of Opel Karl, Ford Ka, Citroën C1, Peugeot 108, was discontinued. “The Renault Twingo will not be replaced,” said Luca De Meo, Renault’s CEO. Only the Dacia Sandero and the Fiat Panda still resist.

Verdict on July 20

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