Saturday 18 November 2017

Why size won't matter when it comes to engines

A BMW i8 electric sports vehicle sits on display at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 in Tokyo. In future car badges will display power or emissions. Photo: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
A BMW i8 electric sports vehicle sits on display at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 in Tokyo. In future car badges will display power or emissions. Photo: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

SIZE will not matter when it comes to your car's engine in the future, a senior motoring figure predicts.

Rather than telling people that cars have a 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre engine -- as has traditionally been the case -- new numbers on badges will show their power or emissions instead, he says.

We can expect to see '90' or '130', for example, under the car's name to highlight horsepower, or '110' to indicate the number of grammes of pollutants they emit every kilometre.

Already, some manufacturers, including Citroen and Renault, have stopped using engine capacity denotations on some of their cars.

Citroen Ireland chief Frederic Soulier explained his company's decision at the launch of the new C4 Grand Picasso (See 'First Drive': Page 4).

He claims engine size is only a 'technical thing' these days and that companies will steadily move away from it.

He insists the emphasis has switched to providing instant information on the badge about the car's power (100 = 100bhp for example) and emissions (110 = 100 grammes per kilometre). Many older cars, however, are still taxed on their engine size -- only those since 2008 are taxed on emissions -- so it will remain an important element on older motors.

But Mr Soulier told Independent Motors: "Talking about a 1.6-litre or a 1.4-litre in a new car is not relevant any more. What will make the difference to the customer is the emissions and the horsepower."

He admits customers will have to be 'educated' on the shift in direction.

That may take some time because size still matters for a lot of people when it comes to their engines.

Irish Independent

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