April 1, 2020, may be all fools day but it’s no joking matter for the car industry because that date is the deadline for all vehicles to move to the much stricter BS6 emission standards. This jump from the current BS4 standard to BS6 is set to cause an upheaval in the market because over two dozen cars will be phased out. The jump from the current BS4 emission standard to BS6 is set to cause an upheaval in the market as over two dozen cars will be phased outThe move to BS6 is an incredibly costly affair, especially for diesel engines, as they require expensive hardware and engineering changes to be upgraded to the cleaner standards. For manufacturers, this means taking brutally hard calls and axing certain models from their line-up, either because they will become too expensive and turn customers away or because they sell in such small numbers that it doesn’t make sense to spend money upgrading them. Either way, some perfectly good cars, still in the pink of health, will be … [Read more...] about Sunday drive with Hormazd Sorabjee: Here today, gone tomorrow. Buy now?
There was understandable outrage when The New York Times reported that monkeys had been locked in airtight chambers for hours on end, breathing in diluted VW Beetle diesel exhaust fumes. If that wasn't enough, reports followed that — in a study funded by the same research group, which took money from car giant VW — humans had been tested by researchers in Aachen for the possible effects of nitrogen dioxide on their bodies. The two sets of experiments were widely seized upon as one. Taken together, the stories looked grim. One could have been forgiven for thinking that humans, too, had been forced to spend hours inhaling the most noxious fumes that German engineering had to offer. "These tests on monkeys or even humans are in no way ethically justified," said Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert. It all looked very murky. Read more: Car exhaust monkey test backfires on VW, German carmakers At Aachen's university research hospital … [Read more...] about Diesel fume tests on monkeys cast unjust cloud over human research