Anyone been affected by the Volkswagon emissions nonsense?
Anyone actually that bothered?
Personally I don’t give a monkey’s about the whole emissions thing and now it seems ‘official’ fuel consumption figures are creeping into the debate, something else I don’t take any notice of.
I read an article that said in the 80s/90s car companies were developing engines that would produce lower emissions and greater fuel consumption. But in the 90s various govts and other organisations wanted lower emissions NOW and so manufacturers stopped the developments and just stuck catalytic converters on cars as it would do the job on the standard engines, regardless of the on-cost to the motorist. Then the emissions levels got tighter and tighter and this is when it seems this software was developed to ensure that the cars achieved the standard under official test conditions. Similarly consumption figures are not done ‘on the road’ but under laboratory conditions, so no one is when driving normally going to achieve them. I know when doing my normal local driving my consumption is c.10-15 less mpg than when I’m on a decent run where I can cruise at 55-60 quite easily.
A few people at work are jumping up and down about it, which is amusing me greatly.