Russia: The switch to the new ecological standard of Euro-5 petrol may be delayed

As the Kommersant has got to know, the Russian Ministry of Industry has sent the proposal of the automotive industry and has suggested the Government to delay the switch to the ecological standard Euro 5 petrol, scheduled for January 1, 2016. According to the Kommersant’s information, the decision could be taken before the end of the month, but the benefits will apply only to manufacturers of commercial vehicles and off-road vehicles, primarily KamAZ, UAZ, GAZ Group. The industry explains the initiative with the lack of Euro-5 fuel and the rise in price of cars after the switch to the new standard.

At the end of July, the Ministry of Industry submitted a report on feasibility of postponing the switch of engines to the Euro 5 standard petrol  to the Government, a source in the industry told the Kommersant. But if previously it was discussed with respect to all car plants, now it is proposed to give the privilege only to those of them that manufactures commercial vehicles and cars of category M1G (offroadsters). Under the current technical regulations, all vehicles, produced in the Customs Union, must meet the requirements of Euro-5 from January 1st, 2016.

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