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German car-rental company Sixt questions a board requirement that renters delete dashboard data such as radio station choices and GPS settings after each customer returns a vehicle.
There are two directions on electrified vehicles in the European market. Wealthier countries such as Norway are moving quickly, while those with lower GDPs, such as Poland, are lagging.
On Oct. 16 the commission and the Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s antitrust body, swooped in on BMW’s premises to look for evidence of anticompetitive behavior, both on paper and electronically. Oct. 23 was Audi, Daimler and VW’s turn.
The proposed incentive scheme, which would grant manufacturers tax breaks between 23.5% and 57.45% of the vehicle’s value if it meets local-content requirements, is described by the European Commission as “forced localization” contrary to its free-trade goals.
Damiano Zoffoli, a Socialist member of the European Parliament, wants the European Union’s clean power for transport directive amended to include a push toward zero- and ultra-low emission vehicles “with the aim of phasing out new CO2-emitting cars by 2035.”
A draft of the trade agreement includes a safeguard clause allowing the EU to enact tariffs “quasi-automatically” in case Japan stops applying United Nations international vehicle regulations, restores tariffs or introduces new ones.