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The new Euro 6 legislation is becoming mandatory from September 2015. As a result of the regulation, the EU car manufacturers’ fleet average has to be aligned with 130g CO2/km.

The European Commission first introduced the Euro standards in 1993. Since then five more emission standards have been put in place to push the car manufacturers to progress and develop better and cleaner engine technologies. In order to achieve these standards billions were invested into the research.

Euro 6 means not only a reduction of CO2 emissions, but also restrictions on other pollutants including carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, NOx and particulates. As a result of upcoming stricter legislation, many newly registered cars and vans will for example adopt Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) which injects AdBlue into exhaust gases to reduce harmful tailpipe emissions.

And how does the new Euro 6 affect you as a car buyer? Not directly, but there are some important facts you should bear in mind. The level of emission determine the tax you pay for your car. The cost for cars with higher emissions will only get higher. Another benefit of the latest engine technologies, in addition to saving the environment of course, is the fuel efficiency. So you will not only save on tax, but on less frequent visits at a petrol station.

If you are thinking of buying a new car for you or your fleet and you are not sure about the emission limits and impacts, please contact us for advice.