Stellantis boss wants to impose higher tariffs on Chinese cars in Europe
Carlos Tavares, boss of auto giant Stellantis, wants the European Union to get tougher on Chinese carmakers.
“Very simply, we should ask the European Union to enforce the same conditions in Europe for Chinese manufacturers under which we, Western manufacturers, compete in China. ,” Mr. Tavares told reporters at the Paris auto show. European Automotive News.
“The European market is open to the Chinese and we don’t know if their strategy is to grab market share and raise prices afterwards,” he said.
Mr Tavares is said to have referenced conversations he had with French President Emmanuel Macron about tariffs. Mr. Macron has been vocal about the impact of China’s tariffs and the recent US effort to encourage local electric vehicle production among European carmakers.
Cars made in Europe face tariffs of 15 to 25 percent in China, compared with 10 percent for Chinese-made cars imported into Europe.
Great Wall Motor is preparing to launch Ora electric car series and Wey . luxury car in Europe, while MG has established a foothold with a range of PHEV and EV offerings.
BYD, which recently arrived in Australia, is also making a push into Europe. It has launched several new cars in 2022 and recently announced a deal to sell 100,000 EV for German rental giant Sixt.
Mr. Tavares, who heads a group that includes brands ranging from Jeep and Dodge to Fiat and Peugeot, was outspoken about Europe’s recent auto policies.
In January 2022, he warned that plans to phase out the internal combustion system by 2035 were very risky.
He said in a joint interview with Les Echos, Handelsblatt, Corriere della Sera and El Mundo – as forwarded through Reuters.
“Given Europe’s current energy mix, an electric car needs to drive 70,000 km to offset the carbon footprint of the battery manufacturing process and catch up with a light, hybrid vehicle that costs as much as half an EV (electric vehicle),” he added.
Only this week he continued by arguing “The dogmatic decision to ban the sale of thermal cars by 2035 has uncontrollable social consequences.”
“If you deny the middle class access to freedom of movement, you run into serious social problems,” he argues, pointing to the company’s electrified hybrid cars. he as a middle ground is still more valuable in the long run.
“What we have to offer our European leaders is a transitional solution, while insisting these more affordable models still cut emissions by 50 per cent,” he said.