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Will Germany Rein in the Autobahn?

Green Party promises speed limits in home state of Mercedes and Porsche.

by on Apr.04, 2011

Slow down, you move too fast...?

Mention the word, Autobahn, and most folks immediately conjure up images of high-performance sports cars racing along at speeds that would land an American driver behind bars.

That may soon change.  Voters in Badem-Wurttemberg have just elected the Green party to power, a bit of a surprise considering that the German state includes the city of Stuttgart, home to automakers Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, two manufacturers whose products define the idea of the Autobahn.

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The Greens are expected to press through on one of their campaign promises, which would set a limit on Autobahn speeds in Badem-Wurttemberg, most likely to 120 kilometers an hour, or 75 mph.  The primary reason is CO2 emissions, explained Winfried Kretschmann, who may soon be named the state’s new premier.

The transportation sector, he said on the Green’s website, “has to make a contribution of its own to reduce this gas that’s harmful to the environment.”