BRUSSELS - European automakers have proposed a voluntary plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions over the next 10 years.
BMW Chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder sent the proposal to the European Commission last week. He is president of the European manufacturers association.
ACEA would reduce the average CO2 emissions of the fleet represented by ACEA to 140 grams per kilometer by 2008. Importers and transplants would strike their own deal with the EU.
The target is not easy. For example, the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra that goes on sale this month would not comply, as it emits 147 grams/km, according to GM.
The goal is equal to fuel consumption of 6.0 liters per 100 kilometers for gasoline cars and 5.3 liters for diesel cars.
'We acknowledge that ACEA has moved,' said Environment Commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard.