Sunday 22 September 2019

We can't go on kidding ourselves about 'clean' cars any longer

Skoda Octavia
Skoda Octavia
Michael Grant Renault in Sandymount won the Fleet Dealer of the Year Award
Denis Naughton
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

* Some time back Tom de Castella took his 23-year-old 1.8-litre VW Golf petrol and his dad's 2009 Skoda Octavia diesel and had them 'properly' tested for NOx etc.

The results, by an independent tester, were quite startling, he reports in a BBC special. One result showed how his dad's older car was a third better on real-world NOx emissions than the current Euro 6 diesels.

That is explained by the fact that today's new diesels pass the much tougher 0.08g/km limit in the lab under controlled conditions. But out in the real world their emissions are often significantly higher.

I know we have had a new WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure) on the go since September and it applies to brand new models and will gradually spread its wings. It can't be as bad as the current NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) but it needs to be - we all need it to be - really credible. We can't go on kidding ourselves about 'clean' cars any longer.

You'll find that BBC piece on


* Blackstone Motors in Drogheda have been declared the Renault Group Dealer of the Year. Michael Grant Renault in Sandymount won the Fleet Dealer of the Year Award (main pic) while the Dacia dealer of the Year was Menapia Motors in Wexford.

* €400,000 with the PRL Group. The 30-vehicle deal brings the total number leased to more than 100.

Denis Naughton

* I hope minister Denis Naughten (above) enjoys his week in the new electric Renault Zoe 40.

The minister will test drive the Zoe as he travels to engagements and meetings as part of his normal working week.

That includes driving to the Dail from his Roscommon-Galway constituency.

It will be interesting to hear his feedback and to see if it has any influence on future taxation policies.

* I know we get a lot of recalls these days, but rather than being critical of car makers we should be positive they are reacting quickly to something that could be a risk.

I'm saying that in the face of many comments to Motors giving out about the number of cars recalled for emission and safety problems. I disagree with most of that sentiment. Why? Because I'd prefer to know.

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