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Why Are German Automakers Exempt from U.S. CO2 Standards?

john-media-photo-3-opta.jpgIf you've ever wondered why the American automakers have such a hard time competing in their home market, all you have to do is look at the latest move from the American government. It's going to exempt the worst gas-guzzling European luxury cars from having to meet U.S. CO2 standards. Companies like Mercedes, BMW, and Porsche can continue to sell cars that don't meet those standards, all with the gentle blessing of generous Uncle Sam.

Do you think for a second that the American government would ever let GM, Ford or Chrysler sell vehicles that pump out more greenhouse gases than the law allows? No, never.


John McElroy
is host of the TV program "Autoline Detroit" and daily web video "Autoline Daily". Every week he brings his unique insights as an auto industry insider to Autoblog readers.

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Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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