Added: 04 July 2017
Diesel faces growing pressure from political groups and the media, but a lot of this negative coverage focuses on NOx and particulate emissions from older Euro 5 engines, commercial vehicles, or public transport in increasingly congested cities.
There is a lot of negative coverage on diesel cars but we would like to highlight Kias has long-stated its aim to improve fuel efficiency by 25% by 2020, and the ongoing development of cleaner, more efficient diesels forms part of that plan alongside petrol,hybrid and electric engines. Kia's latest Euro 6-compliant diesels are the cleanest ever, and – for long-distance drivers – still make financial sense.
Kia’ high-tech Euro 6-compliant diesel engines use advanced technology and diesel particulate filters (DPFs) to virtually eliminate particulate emissions and convert most NOx into harmless nitrogen and water before it reaches the exhaust. This means Euro 6-engined cars are classed as ‘low emissions’ for the London Ultra Low Emission Zone, and will be exempt from the £20 so-called ‘toxin tax’ charge, which is due to come into force in2019.
In September 2017 a new EUWorldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) will better reflectreal-world driving, making it the toughest-ever emissions test. Kia is already preparing to meet these higher standards.
Thinking about the bigger picture, diesel engines are critical to reducing the CO2 emissions which cause climate change, as they emit 20% lower CO2 than petrol.
Contrary to recent reports,diesel cars are not the main culprit for urban NOx emissions, forming just 11%of the total, depending on congestion.
Finally, diesel engines are 20% more fuel-efficient. With diesel drivers typically covering 60% more miles,this makes them much cheaper to run.
Figures above are taken from www.smmt.co.uk