European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) President Dieter Zetsche has proposed a 20 percent CO2 reduction for passenger cars by 2030, compared to 2021. Laura Frykberg reports.
At times the auto industry can appear a little out of date. European carmakers though, are attempting to get up to speed, when it comes to climate change. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIETER ZETSCHE, CHAIR, EUROPEAN AUTOMAKER'S AND MANUFACTURER'S ASSOCIATION, SAYING: "The post 2021 Co2 reduction target for passenger cars should be set by further 20 percent by 2030. This is a steep reduction, it is in line with what is expected of other industry sectors as well as well as with the EU climate and energy framework targets." The comments made at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show, follow a bumpy ride for Europe's powerful car industry. Under fire since Volkswagen's diesalgate. But the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, did still defend keeping diesel - over gas engines - on the road. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAIMLER CEO, CHAIR, EUROPEAN AUTOMAKER'S AND MANUFACTURER'S ASSOCIATION, SAYING: "They are the most effective mass market solution today because they emit 15 to 20 less Co2 than equivalent petrol vehicles." That's unlikely to please environmental campaigners, which says the industry spends 98 percent of marketing on regular cars - instead of hybrids or electric. Proof that perhaps some old fashioned habits, are hard to shake.