Is EU blowing smoke at VW?
Study: 2015 VW’s exhaust cleaner than fumes from the exhausts of any car maker in Europe
AT Wheels, we continue singing the praises of Volkswagen’s cars — especially the diesels — in spite of the arrogance shown by the company’s management in lying to America.
For we argue the particle count in the air above any of South Africa’s informal settlements and industrial areas is higher than the particle count in the fumes from a new VW’s exhaust and — we asked if it’s really that bad to lie to America, the country whose double standards on all things environmental are causing most of Africa’s climate change miseries.
Our view on the relative cleanliness of a new VW car’s exhaust fumes has now been vindicated by an analysis by Europe’s Transport & Environment group. Their study of emissions from diesel cars sold in several European countries shows the fumes from any 2015 VW’s exhaust are cleaner than the fumes from the exhaust of any car maker in Europe.
Because, as it turns out, all the other diesel car makers are also gaming the emissions measuring system.
The report, which was issued last week, states over four in five 2010-14 model year cars that met the Euro 5 standard of no more than 180 g/1 000 km nitrogen-oxide in laboratory conditions, actually produce more than three times this level when driven on the road.
Two-thirds of Euro 6 cars (most on sale since 2015) still produce more than three times the 80 g/1 000 km limit when driven on the road. VW Group produces the cleanest Euro 6 cars, followed by Seat, Skoda and Audi; BMW (including Mini) and Mazda.
The analysts said this cannot be claimed as evidence of VW Group is “learning its lesson”, because the “clean” VW engines were built before Dieselgate.
The study states excessive nitrogen oxide emissions in cities lead to the premature death of 72 000 EU citizens annually. The report blames the EU’s lax system of vehicle approval for this lethal air quality and added that fixing it will involve a series of steps, starting with enforcement of defeat device legislation, including recall of cars. But ultimately “Europe must end its diesel addiction”, states the report.
Worst emissions from Euro 5 cars
(in order of the highest emissions): Renault (including Dacia), Land Rover, Hyundai, Opel/Vauxhall (including Chevrolet), Nissan.
Least emissions from Euro 5 cars
(in order of lowest emissions first): Seat, Honda, BMW (including Mini), Ford, Peugeot.
Worst performers for Euro 6 cars:
Fiat (including Alfa Romeo) plus Suzuki (to whom Fiat supply engines); Renault (including Nissan, Dacia and Infiniti), Opel/Vauxhall, Hyundai, Mercedes.
A study released last week shows VW’s new diesel cars emit the least toxic fumes among all the current car brands.