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By Julia Fioretti and Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European carmakers are lobbying for a three year delay to new rules that would reduce the fuel-saving claims they can make for their vehicles, according to an industry paper seen by Reuters. The European Commission wants to tighten vehicle testing to close loopholes such as driving on an unrealistically smooth surface and taping up car doors and windows. It wants to introduce the tougher standards by September 2017, but a position paper from the European car industry trade group says it “cannot envisage vehicle testing beginning before 1 January 2020”. The paper from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) — whose members include BMW, Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler — goes on to say a further year’s delay might be needed because of the time required for all manufacturers to have newly-registered vehicles tested under the new rules.

Source: European carmakers seek delay to tougher emissions testing – Yahoo News