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PROPOSAL TO REDUCE TIRE NOISE EXPECTED BEFORE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The European Commission is expected to shortly propose tire noise standards which are rumored to include a cut in tire noise of five or six decibels. The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association and the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA) have both come out against the proposal. The Commission is also expected to come out momentarily, in the same document, with limits on “rolling resistance” of tires setting maximum levels of friction levels between the tire and the road surface as additional measures to cut carbon emissions.

DISCOVER WHICH VEHICLES ARE FUELING CHINA'S SPECIALTY-EQUIPMENT MARKET

As car clubs flourish and knowledge of tuning culture and specialty products increase, the VW Bora and Golf have emerged as the two most often customized vehicles in China.

In China, the popularity of the Bora can be compared to that of the Honda Civic in the late ’80s and early ’90s in the United States. Both imported and locally made aftermarket parts are widely available for the Bora.

The Bora is sold as the Jetta 4 in the United States, and the Golf is known as the Golf 4 in North America.

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