LONDON – A mighty battle is about to be fought in Europe over something called “the slope of the curve,” and it’s not about landscaping. Rather, it’s about curbing carbon-dioxide emissions produced by new vehicles. The European Commission about a year ago reached the conclusion that a long-standing voluntary agreement by local auto makers to reduce average CO2 tailpipe emissions simply wasn’t delivering the goods and binding legislation was needed. The new law was drawn up at the end ...

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