Car makers are asking governments for support to help them meet carbon emissions reduction targets recently passed by the EU parliament.
Under the new regulations CO2 emissions from cars must be 130 grams per kilometre (g/km) by 2015 as a result of improved mileage.
In total, including other measures such as alternative car fuels and tyre pressure monitoring, cars will be expected to emit no more than 120 g/km.
While the auto industry has agreed with the call to reduce emissions, it has also been hit hard by the economic downturn ? which has also affected sales of electric vehicles.
As a result the industry is seeking support to make the transition to making cars that will make up green fleets.
Christian Streiff, president of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said: "We are committed to doing what we can to deliver, despite the sudden, dramatic economic downturn that severely limits our resources. We ask for governments to support the strategic auto sector in these extraordinary circumstances."
Clean motoring was one of the suggestions the Committee on Climate Change made for meeting UK carbon emission reduction targets.
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