21 April 2004

Every new car sold in Europe from this summer must have anti-lock brakes fitted as standard – bringing a welcome windfall for buyers and an extra cost for manufacturers.

New Brussels legislation makes anti-lock mandatory from 1 July, so that even the cheapest city car must offer the safety device that only a few years ago was the preserve of luxury cars.

Some manufacturers have started fitting anti-lock before the July deadline. Renault this month added anti-lock – previously a £565 option – to the Kangoo, making it the only firm in the top five to fit it to every model.

Low-volume manufacturers, building fewer than 500 of a particular model a year, will be exempt from the new anti-lock brake rules.

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