Auto industry fights back at plan to cut cars’ greenhouse gas emissions

Australian Automobile Association argues government plan will cost consumers more but government says petrol savings will offset any rise

The Australian car industry has tried to kill any government move to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars, arguing it would increase the cost to consumers and contradicting comprehensive government modelling.

The government plans to introduce emissions standards for new cars, releasing a series of proposed targets in discussion papers and seeking input from industry and other stakeholders.

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