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New political party in Germany may put cap on Autobahn

Kharl Prado April 6, 2011

There is a new force to be reckoned with in Germany, especially to Mercedes-Benz owners wanting to keep their engine revving happily. The Green Party has risen to power in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and word is that they’re planning to put a cap on the maximum speed limit on portions on the Autobahn which are currently limitless. How tight of a cap? Let’s just say aroud 120 kph, or roughly 74.5 mph.

Yes, this may sound like a joke, especially to owners of cars whose engines have a number of cylinders equal to or greater than six. Such a limit means not being able to shift into top gear without lugging the engine. Meanwhile, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Dr. Dieter Zetsche shares owners’ sentiments that “speed limits just aren’t good” for the company’s business. That especially applies for potential clients outside Germany who view the Autobahn as part of the unwritten formula of success for creating high-speed high-performance cars.

Zetsche shares that they’re “well advised to maintain the Autobahn sections that don’t have a speed limit.” On the other hand, Winfried Kretschmann, who may soon be the State Premier, feels that the Autobahn is a major contributor (around 30 percent) to air pollution. So, he thinks that the automotive sector “has to make a contribution of its own to reduce this gas that’s harmful to the environment.” What do you make of that statement, folks?


Source: Autoblog

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