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European Commission Softens Plan for New Car-Pollution Tests

  • EU regulator bows to nations worried about costs for industry
  • Political clout of carmakers intact even after VW scandal
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The European Union’s industrial-policy chief scaled back proposed tougher tests on car pollution at the insistence of EU governments concerned about potential cost increases for automakers, highlighting the industry’s political clout even in the wake of Volkswagen AG’s deception.

Elzbieta Bienkowska, the European commissioner for industrial policy, diluted a proposal linked to an EU-wide plan to start gauging emissions of smog-causing nitrogen oxides under real driving conditions in September 2017. The planned testing overhaul stems from evidence that discharges on the road are 400 percent to 500 percent higher than in laboratories.