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Euro Targets Will Cost You

Ever wondered how the cost of your new car is arrived at? Construction, parts, labour and a variety of taxes all help to raise the buying price. Add into that profit across the board and the extra money it takes to send all the manufacturer’s creative teams off on extended snowboarding holidays and we arrive at the staggering sum that you that have to fork out at the dealership.

Well, that’s the price you pay for a new car: and now it is going to get worse – at least in Europe. Over the next two years it is estimated that the cost of a new car will rise, potentially, by a figure somewhere between about £850 and £5000 (for prestige cars), with two thousand pounds as the possible average. This is because of new Euro-rules being initiated in Brussels.

These rules, roundly condemned by an industry that is already struggling, will include exhaust emissions and safety equipment, right down to the type of coolant in the air-conditioning system. One example is that a maximum NCAP will be virtually impossible to achieve unless the car is fitted with an autonomous emergency braking system.

Diesels, inevitably, will bear the biggest brunt – see below. Note that this is only Europe; there is no explanation why we, stuck in the middle between East and West, should be lumbered with regulations that are tougher than the rest of the world. Thus, cars built for export to other parts of the planet will not necessarily be so affected.

The regulation that has the biggest impact is called Euro 6. Look it up if you want the full details because they are far too tedious to list here. Basically though, this applies to exhaust gases that are not CO² but rather NOx – nitrogen oxide. The current standard is 180mg/km but this must be reduced to 80mg/km on all new motors from 2015.FORD Euro Targets Will Cost You

This is especially tough if you want a diesel because the figure can‘t be achieved from existing engine stock. Car makers will have to come up with new ones.

Now; everybody wants cleaner cars and cleaner air. We all see the sense in it, but would it not be right to say that the European car industry already knows this? They are in an extremely competitive business and they wouldn’t be much good at it if they didn’t continually push the envelope to satisfy customers who are the people who should really have their ear. They will have no option to comply if they are to maintain their position in the global car market.

BMW’s Chief Executive sums it up best so we’ll quote him, “This is all about political wish lists and nothing to do with technical analysis and feasibility.”

One more thing if that wasn’t enough. Fuel companies will have to include or increase the amount of bio-fuel in both diesel and petrol. This produces less energy so you will spend, it is guessed, somewhere between fifty and one hundred pounds per annum to compensate. Even the Friends of the Earth are against this. Who’d have thought it? Apparently they insist that such a move would increase deforestation to grow the raw materials and that’s probably true. Start saving now. The other picture is a rendering of the new 2015 Ford Mustang just to see how it could have been – once.

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New Cars Cleaner And Greener Than Ever

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have dished out some new statistics announcing that new cars are less polluting and more efficient than ever. Apparently, cars registered in the UK last year were, on average, 18% more fuel efficient. When analysing the information available they also found that there has been a continuing trend downwards in emission output, highlighting a drop of 4.2% during 2011. The averaged out figure is 138.1g/km, equivalent in mileage terms of 52.5mpg. This is a drop of 23% since such reporting began in 2000.

The report goes on to say that almost half of new cars in 2011 had emissions below the 2015 European Legislative Target of 130g/km. In addition, over 65,000 vehicles were exempt from the dreaded Vehicle Excise Duty. Sub 100g/km (which, it seems, approximates to about 70mpg) have almost doubled their market share.

Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Industry can be proud of the progress it has made in reducing CO2 emissions and improving fuel efficiency, 23 per cent since 2000. The UK motor industry recognises its responsibilities and the industrial opportunities from the transition to ultra-low carbon vehicles. Future environmental and economic success will be determined by sustained investment in new technology, R&D, infrastructure and consumer incentives. We are seeing steady improvement in conventional technologies and the emergence of a range of alternative technologies, creating one of the most innovative periods for the global automotive industry.”

When you consider just how good modern cars are it’s especially impressive that reductions in average emissions were made across all segments of the industry. It’s interesting to note that the executive and sports car categories made the best progress, falling 9.5% and 7.0% respectively.

Achieving record market shares, diesel and alternatively-fuelled vehicles continued to be popular, taking 50.6% and 1.3% of the 2011 market respectively. Petrol-electric hybrids accounted for 92% of all Alternative Fuel volumes in 2011 with an average CO2 output of 104g/km, some 25% below the UK average. EV registrations rose by 557% in 2011 to 1,098 units, aided by the introduction of new models and the Plug-In Car Grant.

The automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy accounting for £49 billion turnover and £10 billion value added. With over 700,000 jobs dependent on the industry, it accounts for more than 10% of total UK exports and invests £1.3 billion each year in automotive R&D. Since 2000, huge strides have been made to reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout the life cycle. Improvements in production processes mean that since 2000, energy used to produce vehicles is down 28%, water use has been cut by 40% and 78% less waste enters landfill sites.

Proof positive that the UK industry is a world leader in working towards a cleaner future.

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