Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Emissions Harmony, Finally?

Automotive News Print Version
November, 2015
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GM exec: VW crisis could be the trigger

Tired of tying up talented engineers and "hundreds of millions" of dollars, General Motors' global powertrain chief sees a one-time opportunity in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal to persuade governments to adopt a single, harmonized agreement on what should be allowed to emerge from a car's tailpipe.

Dan Nicholson told Automotive News he plans to use his upcoming presidency of the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies to knock heads together, especially between two of the biggest and most influential regulatory environments: Europe and the U.S.

VW's admission that it has hoodwinked customers and authorities over emissions from millions of vehicles has infuriated governments and exposed an enforcement weakness in Europe, where regionwide standards are applied haphazardly country by country.

Nicholson, who took over as GM's vice president of global powertrain late last year, said the European Union's desire to prevent this from happening again could be just the trigger needed for change.

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