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 |  Mar 31 2011, 2:27 PM

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The world famous Autobahn, known for its sections of speed-limit-free roads, looks set to lose some of its famous stretches of highway, with the election of a new, environmentally focused government in the home state of manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

With the Green Party having emerged victorious in a regional election in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the likelihood of a 120 km/h (roughly 75 mph)  speed limit is imminent, as the Green Party pledged to implement this measure as a means of reducing greenhouse gases. “Traffic in Baden-Wuerttemberg contributes around 30 percent to carbon-dioxide emissions,” Winfried Kretschmann, the Green Party’s leader, said in a statement.

Automakers like Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, which are based in the region, sell cars that are capable of more than double the proposed limit.

[Source: Bloomberg]