The countdown is on for European Union manufacturers of passenger cars, trucks, vans, buses, coaches, motor homes and trailers to ensure their models comply with revamped EU vehicle-performance rules for automobile design. These so-called “type approval” rules come into play when a vehicle maker is seeking approval by a regulator for sale in a particular country. Regulators assess the vehicle’s design to ensure it meets certain safety standards, such as crash protection, stability and ...

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