Automakers call for halt to petrol bans as car sales set to fall

Automakers have warned the European Commission must discourage member states from imposing bans on petrol and diesel vehicles as forecasts predict the sector is facing the first downturn in EU car sales for seven years.

European vehicle manufacturers said on Wednesday they expect EU passenger car sales to fall 2% this year following six consecutive years of growth. The forecast came as the industry trade body ACEA launched a set of recommendations which it says will help tackle the challenges its members face as the EU aims for carbon neutrality by 2050. The group, which represents 16 major manufacturers, called for a “holistic” approach to decarbonisation. 

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