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the premium brigade had waded in; suddenly the BMW d looked appealingly Since April , Brits first-year vehicle excise duty (VED, or car tax) has jumped After all, if buyers are deserting diesel in droves (UK sales of diesel into lowering these in lab tests to meet ever stricter emissions laws. But ministers warned there's hard work to be done if cars will meet 'real world' In the UK car tax is based on how much carbon dioxide engines produce - with low-emission vehicles paying nothing at all. BMW d / New diesel cars now face higher first-year taxes. so although car brands could meet various NOx targets under the New European By , some studies showed how diesel cars polluted way above levels achieved shown some of the latest diesel models from BMW, Mercedes and VW, for example.
It is a brilliant, wonderful, magnificent car. However, we live in strange times. This raises a question about the BMW d. Why not have a four-cylinder d instead? I wish I could answer that, but BMW has no d demonstrator cars. Or maybe it does but they are so slow that they would take six months to get from the head office in Berkshire to my house in Oxfordshire.
Whatever the reason, I had to try out the d M Sport instead. And you are left in no doubt that you are driving a large car with a small engine. You will be screaming, because 60mph is extremely dangerous.
At 60mph you are travelling faster than the lorries on the inside lane, so occasionally you need to pull out to pass. You therefore have to slow down to the same speed as the lorry, which causes bunching, and pretty soon you are the meat in a mile-a-minute sandwich of frayed tempers and hissing air brakes.
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Slowing cars down while leaving the lorry limit unchanged might save one small boy every 10 years from a mild asthma attack, but on the downside millions of road users will be mangled in a never-ending juggernaut dance of death. We have to assume that common sense will prevail and that the 60mph limit will be shelved as quickly as the recent plans to up the limit to 80mph.
But that still leaves us with the d. It tends to follow even the tiniest camber changes, and I am pretty sure this is because of the fat tyres you get with the M Sport package. Certainly I remember the M5 doing exactly the same thing. Rex Get politics updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Britain's most popular diesel cars are belching out far more harmful fumes on the roads than when they undergo official tests, it's emerged.
The Department for Transport tested 37 cars - and all of them sailed above laboratory emissions limits when used on the roads.
None of the cars used a Volkswagen-style mechanism to hide emissions. Officials are keen to stress they broke no laws or regulations because lab testing, not road testing, is the industry stanadard.
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But ministers warned there's hard work to be done if cars will meet 'real world' emissions limits the government is launching in future. Volkswagen made headlines last year when it emerged the motoring giant had secretly installed software that detected when the car was undergoing a test. This triggered a switch to a lower level of emissions. There's no Volkswagen-style emissions scandal - but the results may trouble you Image: The revelation that more diesel cars have failed emissions tests is likely to fuel demand for compensation from drivers.
In the UK car tax is based on how much carbon dioxide engines produce - with low-emission vehicles paying nothing at all. The scandal could also affect a car's resale value.