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Old 26 September 2015, 06:10   #51
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Old 26 September 2015, 07:49   #52
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Here's another. Allegedly, some US manufacturers are fitting compressors to blow fresh air out of the exhausts,hence reducing the shite ratio.

Staggering innit?
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Old 26 September 2015, 09:53   #53
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Here's another. Allegedly, some US manufacturers are fitting compressors to blow fresh air out of the exhausts,hence reducing the shite ratio.

Staggering innit?
That's genius. You can run the compressor all the time... Doesn't need to be a lab only solution...

Except in the UK, at least, the spec is grams per Km driven. So don't matter how much clean air you blow past... You will still have produced same number of grams per km.
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Although the VW thing will have massive fall out for their brand in the US (at least) I think there's a far larger issue with diesels going forward certainly in the UK which is the growing concern about particulates and NOX -whteer the emission tests are.

Not withstanding VW, I think there will start to be punitive taxes on diesels - hitting everyone who moved from petrol as it was though to be better for the envirornment through lower carbon emissions.

I'm seriously thinking about reverting to petrol when I next change my car, especially when diesels are at the mercy of very expensive particulate filters. I was wrongly told mine needed renewing at 65,000 miles of mainly motorway driving at cost of 3k. I'm more concerned about OEMs / dealers "fixing" warning lights on parts like this to drive revenue out of consumers.
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That's genius. You can run the compressor all the time... Doesn't need to be a lab only solution...

Except in the UK, at least, the spec is grams per Km driven. So don't matter how much clean air you blow past... You will still have produced same number of grams per km.
Presumably quite a lot when you are strapped to a rolling road going nowhere
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That's genius. You can run the compressor all the time... Doesn't need to be a lab only solution...

Except in the UK, at least, the spec is grams per Km driven. So don't matter how much clean air you blow past... You will still have produced same number of grams per km.
And how much more fuel do you burn to run the compressor?


The tests were, I'm sure designed with good intentions, and sure enough if I keep my trusty diesel burning Mondeo below 55MPH on flattish country roads it will happily do 67 to the gallon, even if I have 4 bikes strapped to the roof. (nearer 75 without!). Then if I dare to go up to 62 (oooooh, outside the extra urban drive cycle ) it drops to about 55mpg. Show it a motorway at a steady 70 and I'm barely pulling 47mpg. Add a Rib trailer and I might see 33 on a good day!

Same with my good lady's highly boosted 1.4 petrol. Keep it below 50mph - it runs on air. show it a motorway & watch the fuel gauge drop......

Same with crash tests. If you do anything other than hit a 200t concrete block perfectly perpendicularly or a big lump of aluminium honecom at exactly 40% offset at whatever kph and are of standard body size / weight and have your seat in the mid position....etc etc you are not guaranteed to walk away, no matter how many stars the tests give the cars.



What would be better, especially as everything has lots of computers is a system where the makers do what they perceive to tbe a "real world" fuel economy etc test. This would tide them over until the data from the cars is then downloaded (could be a legal thing for dealers & MoT stations and then uploaded to a cerntral database with monthy real world reporting. The incentive to get a realistic number for the initial test would be there becuase after the first almightly lie they are goign to find it progressively more difficult to sell the next new model as their reputation slips.....
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The car i currently drive for the moment is a golf weisel. It broke down the other day. The AA guy said on this particular car, you can actually dictate the average mpg up to 15% and showed me how easy it was with his panasonic toughbook pc ��
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