The European Parliament votes 325 to 120 to delay new rules on the way cars are sold in Europe until at least 2005.
A reform package proposed by the European Union aims to prevent auto makers from restricting dealers from selling different makes at the same location, servicing vehicles onsite and selling outside designated boundaries.
The old regulations, which prevent dealers from selling outside a home region designated by auto makers, expire in October.
However, Parliament’s vote is non-binding and the European Commission is expected to introduce reforms early next year.
Prices for identical models vary widely across Europe, in some cases by as much as 50% depending from which country the vehicle is purchased. Auto makers, especially in production-heavy Germany, allege the new rules would lead to job losses.