New rules shall enter into force in September. If you’re buying a new vehicle, you may find out some cars (especially those with Diesel engines) will be unavailable for the time being. The prices of cars approved under the new regulations can go up by several thousand PLN, too.
The 1st of September 2019 is the day a new emission standard called Euro 6d TEMP enters into force in the EU. The vehicle manufacturers will now be bound to perform the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) tests. Greatest attention is paid to the nitrogen oxides (NOx) emitted by Diesel engines. The standards have now become very strict: while driving, the emissions cannot exceed 168 milligrams per kilometre. Such a low permissible level means that some Diesel cars may become unavailable, permanently or temporarily.
This is exactly what happened a year ago when the previous Euro RDE standard was implemented. Some brands experienced significant delays, e.g. Seat had to postpone the manufacturing of their 2.0 TDI engine by a few months. This year’s approval requirements are also impacting vehicle prices. Now that the cars need to meet stricter emission standards than before, some models have already become more expensive (their prices have gone up by as much as several thousand PLN) due to higher production costs.
Petrol engine vehicles have also been affected. With the particulate filter emissions getting stricter and stricter, most of the vehicles now need to be equipped with a particle filter (GPF, the equivalent of DPF that is used in gasoline engines). There’s only one group of manufacturers who don’t need to fear the change: those who mostly produce hybrid and electric vehicles. Compared to the manufacturers of such big engines as V6 or V8, they really have nothing to worry about. To give you an example, the new emission standards are one of the reasons why Infinity, a luxury Nissan brand, has decided to stop selling in the European market.
What’s next? It seems that ultimately the market of new cars in the European Union will consist of two main segments: hybrids (including plug in hybrids) and electric cars. The changes accelerated after the scandal involving Volkswagen. It was discovered that VW was tampering with the results of exhaust emissions tests in lab conditions. The scandal was exposed in 2015 and marked the moment when the EU started significantly increasing the presence of low emission and electric cars in the market.