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Report: The auto industry is working against the EU's climate targets

The auto industry cheats on tests in order to avoid living up to the EU's CO2 emission reduction targets, according to a new EU Commission report.

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Car manufacturers cheat when testing the fuel consumption of cars, Danish daily Politiken writes on the basis of a new report from the EU Commission. The car manufacturers make the cars seem more energy-consuming than they actually are, because it makes it easier to then reach the EU Commission's increased target of reducing CO2 emissions, which would otherwise be more difficult if the tests were based on actual fuel consumption.

In the Worldwide Light Vehicles Test Procedure, the manufacturers cheated by, for example, using discharged batteries or the "gearshift strategy" in order to increase CO2 emissions, writes Financial Times. According to the commission's survey, the manufacturers that report their own test results have reported numbers that are 4.5 percent higher on average. In some cases the numbers have been up to 13 percent higher.

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