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CARS 21 high-level group: Interim Report in early December

25 Nov 2011


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Part of the European Commission's modern industrial policy, the re-launched CARS 21 High Level Group will meet on 2 December and then publish the Interim Report in early December. Going-Electric summarises the first conclusions of the draft report, and next steps.

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The re-launched CARS 21 group has met for the first time just a year ago.

Fostering business adaptation and employment transitions:

  • Importance of the automotive industry for Europe

  • Anticipating the change is vital

Improving environmental & market performance:

  • A more representative driving test cycle

  • Control vehicle emissions in use

  • Amend the noise emission regulation

  • Coordinate financial incentives for clean vehicles across Member States

Improving competitiveness in global market:

  • EU trade policy

    • Reform the 1958 UNECE agreement

    • Complement multilateral UNECE framework approaches with bilateral regulatory cooperation

Preparing tomorrow's mobility solution:

  • Need to diversify transport energy sources

  • Innovation will be a key factor for maintaining the competitiveness of the automotive sector and the sustainability of road transport

  • A portfolio of alternative fuels, with infrastructure development keeping pace

  • Public charging points will be needed for electric vehicles, in addition to the predominant home/workplace charging

  • There should be significant support to Research, Development and Innovation for a broad range of automotive issues and technologies

  • In addition, there should be a major initiative on breakthrough technologies related to electromobility

Next steps

The CARS 21 High-level group will meet on 2 December 2011 to adopt/change the Interim Report, which will be published in early December.

Next meetings are expected to happen in early January 2012.

The CARS 21 process will address additional topics, including:

  • Current economic situation and competitive position of the EU

  • International regulatory cooperation

  • Electro-mobility

  • CO2 policy for light vehicles

    • Review of Regulation for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles

    • CO2 labelling for cars

The High Level Group will deliver its final report in summer 2012.


The “Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st century” (CARS 21) played an active but informal role in advising on European legislation for the automotive sector in the years following its creation in 2005.

The CARS 21 process is managed through a three-level structure:

  • the high level group (CEOs, Presidents of associations, Ministers, etc.)

  • the “sherpa” group responsible for preparing the input to the high level group

  • the working groups, working on specific topics to be tackled by technical experts.

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