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Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 by Andrey

No Comments Category: News, Recalls

Recalls are almost a normal part of the car manufacturing industry, as even the best markers can’t see potential problems when their new models go off the assembly line and straight to dealerships. That is why recalls for cars with severe problems are something mandatory in countries like the United States or Japan.

Now though, it seems that they will also be mandatory in Europe, as a new directive passed by the European Union will force all automakers to recall their models which have encountered severe safety issues or can affect public health, road safety or the environment. These measures will be made once a special committee will asses the case and find out if the car maker is to blame for that fault.

The aforementioned directive, 2007-46-EC from the first of May 2009, will unify all of the laws from the member states of the European Union and govern the car makers from each country. When the faults are fixed, the same committee will test some of the cars and make sure that the problem, or any other potential ones won’t appear and that they are once again safe to be on the roads.

All in all, it’s great that the EU has finally decided to pass such a directive. Recalls are for the greater good and can save plenty of things, depending on the problems for which the car needs to come back to the factory.

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Posted on Aug 7th, 2008 by Mili

No Comments Category: Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche

As the European Union is threatening to make the emissions screw even tighter, European Sports Cars Manufacturers become more and more worried about the future.

As we all know, whether its a Ferrari, Maseratti or a Lamborghini, it still has up to three times the emissions of a normal car. With Proposals from the EU that targets 120 gr/km in 2012 (compared to 160gr/now) the sports  car manufacturers are trying to make themselves heard. One card to play is rumored to be a tax exemption for the manufacturers that have less than 10.000 units/year (Aston, for example, hopes to have 7.500 this year) but that would be worthless for such as Lamborghini or Ferrari who are owned by larger groups (Fiat sells around 1.2 million cars each year).

Voices at Lamborghini talk about the preservation of European art that talks about the continent to the world, and so it must be protected, since emissions of 120gr/km for a V12 is not likely to happen.

Ferrari on the other hand talks about the fact that hybrid solutions will take much more time to become accepted by their clients, and that the ” less than 10.000 units/year exemption” would be nothing else than discrimination.

Also, the fact that supercar owners only take them out on rare occasions, and the number of supercars selled each year represents an insignificant percent of total car sales, is also brought to the table of negociations.

These dispute is likely to scale up to greater heights in the near future, between Sports Cars Manufacturers on one hand, The EU and Environmentalists on the other, as solutions seem to be scarce.