Greener cars or we'll all pay the price
High oil prices will make driving a car less and less affordable unless the EU's motor industry is forced to meet lower emissions than the European Commission is trying to bring in.
The European consumer organisation BEUC is urging the EU to set a CO2 limit for new cars of 70g/km for 2025 in addition to the 95g/km goal the Commission has already proposed for 2020.
It said the way forward for consumers and the EU is for cars that use as little fuel as possible to limit costly oil imports.
Audi shifts up a gear with sales increases
Some car makers aren't doing too badly. Audi added 12 extra shifts in the first quarter at its plant in Neckarsulm, Germany, and is planning more next month because of strong demand for A6 and A7 models.
Petrol models are making a comeback
It's happening in Britain, so we're likely to follow. Petrol cars are making a comeback in the used market there because buyers are finally realising they are not putting up enough miles to justify the extra purchase price of diesel cars.
According to the experts at Autorola, petrol cars such as the Peugeot 107 and 308 and Toyota Aygo and Yaris are being preferred to diesel models, especially in city areas. Also in strong demand are smaller petrols from Ford, Kia, Mazda, Toyota and Suzuki.
Neil Frost, Autorola's operations director says: "Demand for diesels remains strong but as the recession continues to bite so demand for petrol models is likely to grow further."