Engines are getting bigger and greener
WE are buying cars with bigger engines – but most of that appears to be due to the growth of larger, but more fuel-efficient, powerplants.
Vehicle car history check expert Cartell.ie says the 1.6 litre engine is now the most popular engine size, taking 28pc of registrations last year. It used to be the 1.4-litre – 23pc share in 2007.
The report says: "The overall picture shows that the 1.6-litre and 2-litre engine sizes are now powering ahead of the rest, constituting nearly 37,000 units (47pc) of all vehicles registered last year."
Helping to drive that is the taxation change to emissions from engine size in July 2008 for new cars. This prompted a massive swing to diesel. "However, as diesel is not as potent as petrol, manufacturers had to increase the size of the diesel engine (in combination with turbos) to provide comparable power to the petrol versions," the report says.
It also found that 92pc of the top five engine sizes registered last year were diesels – compared with only 31pc in 2007.