Figures show 475,000 'old' diesels on road
AS revealed here last week, BMW is offering a 'green bonus' of up to €2,000 to tempt owners out of older diesel cars, regardless of make, into new lower-emissions models.
And according to vehicle history/data expert Cartell.ie there are lots of those EU4 diesels out there - 474,624 to be precise.
Jeff Aherne, director engineer from Cartell.ie, says carmakers are making moves to take older diesel-powered-vehicles off the road.
"We feel the market has reached tipping point now and the consumer is ready to adopt low emission vehicles if the incentives are there," he says.
"The numbers we are publishing today show the manufacturers can make considerable inroads by focusing simply on EU4 emission standard vehicles."
And latest figures from the SIMI suggest the number of those is growing apace.
An analysis of used imports shows we brought in 45,300 diesels so far in 2017. That is 10,000, or 28pc, up on the corresponding period in 2016.
Critically, it is estimated that a relatively high proportion of diesel imports are aged five years or more. Petrols are up too, by 23pc, to around 10,000.
With the euro's strength against sterling, there is every likelihood those buying trends will continue.