EU countries began Friday to discuss a compromise on new emission standards for passenger cars. But Germany's luxury automakers are worried - and Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked for a delay.
The bloc's anti-trust officials have searched the offices of the premium carmaker this week in a probe investigating BMW and four other German automobile firms for suspected anti-competitive practices.
New registrations of cars in the European Union have gone down markedly in recent weeks. Fresh figures show that particularly the UK auto market is going through a rough patch amid Brexit-related uncertainties.
As governments around the world begin to get even tougher on traditional combustion engines, Japan's car manufacturers are well positioned to put their world-leading technologies to the test. Julian Ryall reports.
Dirty air resulted in the premature deaths of more than 500,000 people in the European Union in 2014, the European Environment Agency reports. Pollution needs to be reduced, agency heads and environmentalists agree.
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