SUVs Come Under Fire in Europe, Proposed Enviro Taxes Threaten Carmakers’ Plans to Boost Sales


Sport Util­i­ty Vehi­cle sales were five per­cent of Europe’s 16.5 mil­lion new-car sales in 2003–up from less than two per­cent in 1990. How­ev­er, a poten­tial back­lash looms. London’s may­or called users of SUVs in the city “com­plete idiots” and Paris envi­ron­men­tal­ists called for ban on SUVs. Still, SUV sales are expect­ed to rise 46 per­cent to 1.2 mil­lion units dur­ing the next four-years.