EU-style emissions rule could affect Brazilian bus sales

Daimler’s diesel bus sales in Brazil last year were boosted by a rush to get them before EU-style emissions rules kicked in at the beginning of 2012. The German car […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Daimler’s diesel bus sales in Brazil last year were boosted by a rush to get them before EU-style emissions rules kicked in at the beginning of 2012.

The German car maker’s Buses division posted its annual results yesterday, hitting its second-highest sales result ever in 2011.

It said in a statement: “Sales also buoyed by purchases made earlier than planned due to the introduction of the Euro V emissions standard in Brazil in 2012.”

However it suggested this trend could be reversed this year: “Daimler Buses expects sales to be negatively affected by the introduction of the Euro V emissions standard in Brazil this year, whereas business will probably improve slightly in Western Europe.”