Thirteen leaders of the world's largest car companies have come together to discuss the global environment and traffic safety. The representatives issued a statement calling for global standards on car safety and environmental regulations.
The purpose of the meeting was to call for more action to develop cleaner fuels and to develop alternatives to petrol and diesel. These steps will make possible to reduce the releases of particles from diesel engines by improving their filters.
Although there can’t be the unique standards for all countries due to differences in their development, given that the US has "stubbornly refused to cut emissions", global standards would merely allow others to "pollute as much as the Americans with their petrol guzzling trucks.
The meeting was attended by the leaders of Ford, General Motors and DaimlerChrysler, PSA Peugeot Citroen and Renault, BMW and Porsche, Italy's Fiat Auto and Germany's Volkswagen Group, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota.