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Cars Official: demonising diesel is making the environment WORSE

13:26  12 march  2018
13:26  12 march  2018 Source:   motoringresearch.com

New car CO2 RISES as buyers shun diesel

  New car CO2 RISES as buyers shun diesel It’s the first time on record that CO2 emissions have risen year-on-year This will have “negative consequences for the UK’s own climate change goals,” warned the SMMT.

Back in 2011, diesel claimed almost a 55 percent market share. Car makers say the dash away from diesel is misguided, as it is not the latest Euro 6-compliant diesels that are the cause of air quality issues, but older diesels .

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After years of positive decline, European new car CO2 emissions are once again starting to go up, and analysts are blaming the demonisation of diesel for the rise. It is the first time in 10 years that CO2 emissions have stopped falling.

Fiat Chrysler could axe all diesel cars by 2022

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Otherwise the suspicion that diesel is being unfairly demonised will just keep growing. Almost every hybrid car on sale fails to meet its ' official ' fuel economy - and one of the worst Environment chiefs strike deal with Toyota to use 400 hybrid cars - but 90% of DEFRA's vehicles will still mainly be diesels .

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The increase was a modest 0.3g/km, meaning the average new car emitted 118.1g/km CO2 last year, compared to 117.8g/km in 2016. But it’s still a move in the wrong way, particularly as car manufacturers in Europe are committed to achieving range-wide CO2 emissions of just 95g/km by 2021.

This may now be difficult to achieve – with brands facing stiff fines as a result.

Ford Focus family hatch © Provided by Motoring Research Ford Focus family hatch

JATO Dynamics, which compiled the figures, is blaming the decline of diesel for the increase in CO2. On average, diesels emit 15-20 percent less CO2 than petrol cars: last year the average diesel car emitted 117.9g/km, while the average petrol car emitted 5.5g/km more, at 123.4g/km.

JATO figures show diesel sales fell 7.9 percent last year, taking the fuel’s market share down to 43.8 percent of overall registrations. Back in 2011, diesel claimed almost a 55 percent market share.

Fiat Chrysler could axe all diesel cars by 2022

  Fiat Chrysler could axe all diesel cars by 2022 It comes as FCA faces law suits in the USA around using emission defeat devices That’s according to reports ahead of a four-year plan set to be revealed in June. FCA, which includes Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Jeep in its portfolio, is currently facing lawsuits in America for allegedly using defeat devices to reduce emissions in official tests – in a similar way Volkswagen Group did, triggering the Dieselgate scandal.

In the programme the current shadow environment minister Barry Gardiner MP, who was a member of the Blair government, admitted the policy was a mistake. The allegations against diesel cars made in recent months threaten to misguide policy making and undermine public confidence in diesel .

Damian Carrington Environment editor. The global human health impact of the diesel emissions scandal has been revealed by new research showing a minimum of 38,000 people a year die early due to the failure of diesel vehicles to meet official limits in real driving conditions.

Car makers say the dash away from diesel is misguided, as it is not the latest Euro 6-compliant diesels that are the cause of air quality issues, but older diesels.

Ford Kuga SUV © Provided by Motoring Research Ford Kuga SUV

Consumers, they feel, are being encouraged away from the very cars that could help clean up air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions – ironically, by an ill-informed mainstream media and seemingly confused government policy.

SUVs also at fault

The ever-growing popularity of SUVs is also a factor. These are heavier and less aerodynamic than normal cars, so generally emit more CO2 than regular cars. Combine this with a dash to petrol for an appreciable increase in CO2 (with a resultant reduction in fuel economy for owners…).

The Nissan Qashqai was Britain's fourth best-selling car in 2017 © Provided by Motoring Research The Nissan Qashqai was Britain's fourth best-selling car in 2017 For example, a 1.5 TDCi 120 Ford Kuga SUV emits 115g/km CO2; a Ford Focus family hatch with the same engine emits just 99g/km. And the petrol-powered 1.5-litre turbo alternative to that Kuga diesel? A whopping 145g/km…

Cold weather reveals another reason to ditch diesel

  Cold weather reveals another reason to ditch diesel Fuel waxing is back: RAC says it attended 500 diesel cars hobbled by bad weather in one day alone The post Cold weather reveals another reason to ditch diesel appeared first on Motoring Research.It’s called diesel fuel waxing, which happens in very cold weather similar to that Britain’s currently experiencing. The fuel turns into a gel-like substance, which clogs fuel filters and either starves diesel engines of fuel and splutter to a halt, or causes them to lose power. The cost to fix it? As much as £200.

The Government has been accused of ' demonising ' diesel car owners with a new scrappage scheme designed to destroy the cars made before 2005. Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom told MPs that the Government needs to ensure owners of diesel cars are 'not penalised' after they were

Despite the higher NOx outputs, there's no doubting that diesel cars produce less CO2 - and are more efficient - than petrol equivalents, making them better for the environment Almost every hybrid car on sale fails to meet its ' official ' fuel economy - and one of the worst offenders is Britain's best seller.

JATO analysts said the potential rise in CO2 could even accelerate in coming years. The average diesel car is more powerful than the average petrol, producing 142hp compared to 123hp.

Diesel buyers switching to petrol and seeking comparable performance will have to accept even greater increases in CO2, which may cause CO2 emissions to rise further in the future.

Electric vehicles seem unlikely to help in the near future, either. Their market share increased from 3 percent to a still-niche 5 percent in 2017 – and this is the figure for all alternative-fuelled vehicles, including hybrids. The market share of zero-CO2 battery-electric vehicles remains meagre.

Toyota Prius hybrid © Provided by Motoring Research Toyota Prius hybrid

It all points to big problems for car manufacturers looking to meet their 2021 EU CO2 commitments: although the greenest brand, Toyota, is trending in the right direction with average range CO2 of 101/2g/km, larger brands are much further away from target. Volkswagen’s range average is 119.6g/km, Ford’s is 120.8g/km, and Mazda sits at the bottom of Europe’s top 20 biggest brands for range average CO2, with a heady figure of 131/2g/km.

Indeed, Mazda actually suffered the biggest increase in range average CO2 of all last year, with a rise of 3.5g/km…

And what’s the fine for car makers who miss the 95g/km range-average CO2 figure? €95, per car sold, per gramme of CO2 over target – which, for the Volkswagen Group, could cost it an incredible €1.36 billion in fines alone.

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