[QUOTE=SeÃ¡n;2505489]I wouldn’t worry too much about the smoke emissions on this car. The cars here must go through an emissions test every 1 to 2 years depending on the age. For Petrol, there’s various tests (CO, NOx, etc.), where as for Diesel it’s just a smoke emissions test.
The following was the last test result of my car with about 80,000km on the clock:
I don’t recall seeing this on anyone else’s emissions test result. [/QUOTE]
ROTFLMAO. Emissions of 0.00. AWSOME. That has to be the most environmentally friendly car on the planet
Actually Australia, and much of the world, has extremely relaxed emissions standards for Diesel engines. Unfortunately, Diesel fuel produces heaps of Nanofine & Microfine particles, which are not emissions tested atm. These fine particles can cause a few nasty respiratory diseases, including asthma.
Awareness of these wee-fine particles is increasing, at government & regulatory levels and they’re pressuring the fuel refiners to improve their fuels (filter the crap out), and remove anything which can cause these nasty little buggers.
I’m in no doubt that the refiners are dragging their feet on this issue, possibly because they’ve added the crap in to bulk-up the product, or possibly just because they don’t want the expense and responsibility of modifying their refining systems to add filtering.
At the same time, standards are being developed to increase exhaust filtering of diesel engines for microfine particles.
In Oz, diesel engines were only introduced in a few consumer models in recent years, so aren’t currently very popular … but it will soon be a landslide as more models are introduced, and fuel costs go through the ceiling, and Oz will be covered in thick black smoke from unfiltered and/or poorly filtered diesel exhausts.
Unfortunately, nanofine particles are too damn small to do anything about … but they pose as much of a threat as the microfine particles.
I understand Europe is an leading the charge for improved diesel exhaust filtering, but I’m unsure whether the UK is a part of that movement.
At any rate, the car manufacturers are already improving their exhaust filtering, to ensure their cars are standards friendly, before the standards come into place, and they find themselves with many non-compliant cars in their international showrooms which need to be (expensively) retrofitted for sale