12 May 2017
Brazil to Require All Light-Duty Motor Vehicles to Include Efficiency, Emissions Information
The Brazilian government recently launched the ninth phase of the Brazilian Motor Vehicle Labelling Programme (PBEV), which will require all light-duty motor vehicles sold domestically to include information on fuel consumption efficiency (ranging from an “A” rating for the most efficient vehicles to an “E” rating for the least efficient) as well as emissions of carbon dioxide and polluting gases (hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide). The programme already covers 915 different motor vehicle models, with an additional 87 models to be added during the first half of the year. When the previous phase of the programme in was completed in 2016, approximately 90 percent of all motor vehicles sold in Brazil carried the required PBEV information.
Brazilian Minister of Industry, Trade and Services Marcos Pereira indicated that the goal of this initiative is to help consumers select a motor vehicle brand and model by taking into consideration other important features in addition to the price. He added that this requirement is encouraging motor vehicle manufacturers to invest in new technologies in order to increase their competitiveness and attract consumers.