Modern diesel cars remain an important element in today’s fleet mix. That’s the view of leasing company Alphabet, which has highlighted recent analysis by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

Coming in the face of ongoing bad press surrounding diesel, the analysis found that NOx emissions from the latest Euro 6d-TEMP diesels are significantly below the statutory limits when out on the road.

During the ACEA’s year-long tests, 270 diesel passenger cars passed the mandatory laboratory emissions test according to the WLTP standard (World Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure), as well as the RDE (Real Driving Emissions) test, which will be compulsory for all new registrations from September 2019.

Results from the tests found that modern Euro 6d-TEMP diesels emit 76 per cent less NOx than Euro 6b diesels.

Compared with Euro 5 diesel engines, NOx emissions have been reduced by as much as 85 per cent. The BMW Group for example certified around 220 model variants according to the Euro 6d-TEMP norm by November 2018.

A spokesperson from Alphabet – which manages a portfolio of over 680,000 leased cars and vans – said that especially for fleets, diesel cars continued to play an important role in the selection of several drive and mobility alternatives.

“For those who drive often and long distances, there is no alternative to diesel in the medium term,” they went on to say.

“With low fuel consumption and low pollutant emissions, modern Euro 6d-TEMP diesel engines are not only ecologically convincing, but also economical. For frequent drivers, they offer the most convincing balance in terms of total cost of ownership for the foreseeable future.”

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, added: “This analysis is further evidence that the anti-diesel sentiment pushed by the media and government was misguided and ill-informed.

“Diesel is still the only viable option for many business drivers.”

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