The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (Acea) on Tuesday criticised today the European Commission’s new limits on carbon dioxide emissions from cars as prohibitively expensive and unrealistic.

The EC has proposed carmakers be required to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new cars sold in Europe to an average 130 grams per kilometre by 2012.

Howver, according to Reuters, Sergio Marchionne, Fiat chief executive and ACEA head, told a business seminar, “It is prohibitively expensive to achieve a target of 130 grams per km through vehicle technology only. It is unrealistic that this can be done by 2012.

“The announced legislative framework will not be ready before 2009. This leaves the industry too little time to apply it by 2012. The cars of 2012 are being designed today,” he reportedly said.