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Cocking A Snoot At Jerry

Ah, those wonderful lovable Fwench. Always ready to extend a happy welcoming hand to their neighbors.

French ban on Mercedes cars provokes German fury

A ban by France’s socialist government on the registration of several top-end Mercedes-Benz models has infuriated the German luxury carmaker and forced Brussels to step in to try to defuse the growing dispute.

Sales of thousands of the most prestigious Mercedes cars have been halted in France since Paris last month refused to allow the registration of four new models that include a refrigerant in their air-conditioning systems that has been banned by the EU on environmental grounds.

The dispute has highlighted the marked contrast between the state of the car industry in the two countries. PSA Peugeot Citroën, and to a lesser extent Renault, have suffered heavily from a big slump in demand for their mainly small and medium-sized cars.

Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen have, meanwhile, surged ahead, profiting from their premium models that have proved highly popular in emerging markets.

So, protectionist legislation (wasn’t the whole idea of the EU supposed to do away with that kind of thing??) because there are no quality French-made high-end cars. (using “quality” and “French-made cars” seems oxymoronic) Oh, and it’s a chance to screw over the “evil rich”.

The Mercedes issue revolves around an air-conditioning coolant called R134a which the EU outlawed from January for new model approvals because it is a highly potent global warming gas. But KBA, the German automobile authority, allowed Daimler to continue to use R134a – as all pre-existing models are allowed to do until 2017. Daimler argues that the replacement coolant is dangerously flammable.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, was already contesting the KBA decision when France decided to act.

Jean-Claude Bernard, head of the Association of Mercedes-Benz dealers in France, said the action was politically motivated “to please the greens and damage a German manufacturer”.

He added: “This coolant is used in 95 per cent of cars in France with air conditioning. If it is so dangerous they should take them all off the road.”

1. Why would the French care if the new coolant is flammable? That would just help all their cars burn faster and cleaner when torched by all their “dissaffected youths” in Sharia ruled areas where the police and fire departments are already afraid to go.

2. R-134a is now evil and bad? Crivens, this shit is used in every single car and truck sold in America. It’s what we were forced to shift to years ago, because the previous stuff, CFCs or fluorocarbons (aka FREON), were “damaging the ozone”. So, what are we supposed to do, just not have any A/C at all? Well, dud, that’s what the Greenies want, right?

PS - the big scare over the Ozone Hole is long over; it’s mostly healed, and seems to be a natural part of seasonal global weather. It was only scary because nobody knew it was even there before the big CFC scare of the late 70s.

PPS - banning CFCs caused Global Warming.

3. Soap pollutes the water. Why doesn’t Fwance make that illegal too? Not that it would make much difference ... do they even sell soap in fwance?

4. Oh, and another duh: the implication here is that NO American cars with A/C (ie all of them) are no legal for sale in France. Hey Obama, whachu gonna do bout dat, eh??


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2013 at 02:31 PM   
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