Next year for Europe’s automobile industry with the entry of the updated laboratory test for measuring pollutant and CO2 emissions from cars and the first step of a new ‘real world’ test to measure pollutant emissions.
“Our industry fully supports the need for improved emissions testing,” stated Dr Zetsche (above). “However, we ask policy makers to reconsider the proposed time line giving us only a few months to comply. Because if there is one defining principle of our industry, it’s this: We are used to tackling technical challenges – provided reasonable lead-times are observed.”
Alongside emissions-related issues, connected and automated driving will be a priority topic for next year. “The increasing ability of cars to exchange data with the outside world holds great potential to revolutionise the driving experience,” said Zetsche. “With the right policy framework, we will seize these opportunities for our customers – here in Europe and around the globe.”