How Brussels makes the car less and less democratic

The next Euro7 standard could “make the thermobile as expensive as the electric one”, explains Challenges Vincent Cobée, CEO of Citroën. “Euro 7 is likely to increase the price of vehicles significantly,” said Jean-Philippe Imparato, new head of Alfa Romeo (Stellantis) and former director of Peugeot. It will be “1,000 extra euros”, specifies Gilles Le Borgne, director of engineering at Renault. “As it stands, the Euro 7 standard goes beyond the simple rules of physics! It would simply make it impossible to continue making thermobiles,” Carlos Tavares said a year ago in an interview with Figaro.

The general manager of Stellantis specified: “We can not be content with waving the red flag for the urgent global warming and destroying the industry that we are counting on just to fight it!” The requirements “would lead to an increase in the price of vehicles of up to 30% in the case of entry-level vehicles”, emphasizes the PFA (Automotive Platform). In addition, the niche of small minicars for contracts has largely disappeared in recent years. Production of the Opel Karl, Ford Ka, Citroën C1, Peugeot 108, was discontinued. “Renault Twingo will not be replaced,” Luca De Meo, Renault’s General Manager, recently assured. Only Dacia Sandero and Fiat Panda still resist.

Judgment on July 20

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