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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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