Ford Motor and General Motors Europe are backing car dealers who are fighting to save Europes regulatory regime for car sales and repairs.
The automakers are concerned that scrapping or weakening the so-called block exemption regulation will add to dealers troubles in the economic downturn.
The current law has worked very well in practice -- this is not the time to experiment with a new framework, said Wolfgang Schneider, Ford of Europes vice president of legal affairs.
Carl-Peter Forster, General Motors Europe president, said changing the regulation would be ludicrous in the current situation.
The block exemption regime ends in June 2010. Europes lawmakers are considering whether to renew, modify or kill the regulation.
In May, a European Commission report said there is no valid reason to renew the auto sector-specific block exemption regulation.
If lawmakers agree with the finding in the report, the car industry would have to abide by the same competition rules that cover other industries.
Ford of Europe Chairman John Fleming said: Dealers understand the regulation and are happy with it so lets not change it.