At last year’s Goodwood FOS I asked after the Tonale and I was told the design was going to be changed before it comes out. I’m interested to know if it can coincide with the end of my Stelvio PCP.
A Stelvio 2.2 diesel has Co2 of 138g and a 159 1.9 has 150g.Probably find legislation will be putting SUVs off the roads by then!....and as usual ALFA would have missed the boat!
CAR magazine looks at why car manufacturers are failing to meet Europe's 2021 target of 95g/kmwww.carmagazine.co.uk
Half of the cars on Swiss roads are now 4-wheel drive SUVs.worldradio.ch
Statistically less safe than regular cars and with higher CO2 emissions, campaigners argue the heavily-marketed cars have no place in urban areaswww.theguardian.com
The point is that the popularity of all these SUVs is making or more difficult for the government to achieve their overall automotive emissions output. It does not matter how efficient they are or the CO they put out...the fact is than many folks like the image rather than need the space. So no matter how efficient the new motor in the SUV might be there is no escaping the fact that, that very same engine would burn less fuel and push out less emissions if it was in a smaller, lighter and more aerodynamic car.....and that's why the powers that be are considering clamping down on them.Reminds me of the 'Facts' presented by the Anti 4x4 brigade. They would never admit that the Mini Cooper S for example kicked out far more CO2 than the big old 4x4s they hated so much. And never picked on kiddy carriers or executive barges. I blame the rise of the bland SUV on them as they had the interior space and practicality of a trad 4x4 but styling of a friendly car. Just what a lot of people want I guess, but real 4x4s died out as well. I wondered how long it will take the Anti 4x4 Brigade to start picking on these SUV things...
What about the older cars like the Mercedes ML the fumes of which I could taste going past me today? The owner obviously keeps it clean but it ain’t clean. You need to look at the details rather than generalise and also consider how much these cars are used unnecessarily...……………..
This could be read that you both favour governments banning older cars and forcibly scrapping them to help achieve their targets. Of course to have any real impact on the climate the same would have to apply throughout the world including Third World countries.Absolutely...they reckon that the oldest 10% of cars make over 50% of the pollution.....
An SUV a ''status symbol''?? There's lots of things I'd level against an SUV, but that's definitely not one of them!Personally, I think it's daft to drive big SUVs and 4x4s in cities and it's normally just a status symbol BUT...