I guess we all hate regulation, and the motor industry has had to suffer more than its fair share of it. But normally, often grudgingly, we get to grips with it and make sure that whatever body is looking after us, we comply with their requirements. Which makes a survey from Mannheim this week a little surprising and indeed shocking. Because the new Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test that come into force this weekend are designed to continue the work started with WLTP last year. Over 20% said that their understanding of the new regulations was poor, and about half that number did not know anything about it.
What is clear, however, is that these tests are going to come as a bit of a shock to many. Previously low emitting cars are now going to be potentially vilified, customers are going to have to face up to the fact that their gas guzzlers are also serious pollution emitters. Most questioned in the survey reckon that car supply will be impacted, much like the regulations did in the last quarter last year. Whether RDE or the current economic situation, and dare I say it, political situation, has the biggest effect we will probably never know. But it certainly doesn’t look an easy September to be heading into.
And certainly not with car production down another 10% in July. Another few months of this and we won’t have any cars to produce at all. Though there was a ray of light on the horizon, with news that South Korea and the UK had signed an agreement that would ensure they would continue to trade freely even if the UK leaves the European Union at the end of October. Current trade between the two countries is worth nearly £15 billion, so it is significant, particularly for the motor industry. Manufacturers like Bentley were said to be delighted.
Have a great weekend, the cricket’s back next week if you can stand the excitement.
My whole career can be summed up with ‘Ignorance is bliss.’ When you do not know better, you do not really worry about failing.
Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.
Edith Wharton (1862 – 1937)
Art may make a suit of clothes: but nature must produce a man.
David Hume (1711 – 1776)
The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
Martina Navratilova (1956 – )
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