Car firms facing pollution curbs

The European Commission is proposing to force carmakers to make an 18% cut in CO2 emissions from new cars by 2012, the BBC reported on Wednesday.
A spokesman said the commission was aiming for a 25% cut in car emissions overall, with the "bulk of the effort" coming from better motor technology.
The rest of the cut is expected to be achieved by measures such as greater use of biofuels and better tyres.
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