MG3, british brand, chinese heart
a few years Ago heralded an invasion of chinese cars in Europe, and consumers expected prices of laughter, but the reality was another. The prices were not of laughter, but their quality left much to be desired, especially in terms of passive safety.
Thanks to EuroNCAP us to “get rid” of that invasion of chinese cars, and now the first builder world is still not just bring cars to Europe. A few models of brands that are reputable, such as Volvo or Honda, have managed to reach Europe with all the guarantees after being manufactured in China.
But the manufacturers 100% locals are another story. This time it is not EuroNCAP the main obstacle for the chinese cars, but the Euro 6 legislation, and, in particular, relative to diesel engines. No manufacturer in the chinese national has engines which meet such standards.
Great Wall Steed, or the Volkswagen Jetta turned in pick-up
Euro 6 we have not been spared from the excessive contamination of the models that we have in Europe, although the manufacturers were able to comply with some emissions of 80 mg/km of nitrogen oxides (NOx) or less. The european manufacturers, the south koreans, the japanese and the americans accomplished that in lab, the chinese even have that.
The impossibility of introducing Euro 6 diesel engines has led to the end of the commercial life of the MG6, whose brand belongs to the chinese manufacturer SAIC. It is also an obstacle to the pick-up Great Wall Steed, the only model of that brand that is sold in Western Europe; in Eastern Europe have to offer more.
In the case of MG, not only stops producing the MG6, it has also been decided to terminate production of the MG3 in the Uk, although this has nothing to do with the problem of the diesel. In reality, the MG3 came unmounted from China, and a few operators ended the 20% of the car. In this way, MG does not produce in the Uk again.
The safety of chinese cars is improving as they have access to more technology and better engineers
Although the chinese manufacturers succeed in standardizing Euro 6 engines in Europe, it would be a futile effort in a matter of months. For the next phase, Euro 6c, the approval will be made in the laboratory and outside of it, so that you comply with the legal limit will be much more difficult than it is now.
Within the laboratory there will still be a limit of 80 mg/km of NOx, but on the road the levels shall be below 165 mg/km until the year 2019. From 2020 emissions in road may not exceed the 120 mg/km That ceiling would leave out of circulation the vast majority of diesel being sold now in Europe.
should compensate the chinese manufacturers to invest in diesel engines for Europe only? Definitely not. China is a country in which there are hardly any passenger cars with a diesel engine -even though its standards anti-pollution are equivalent to Euro 4 – and in addition to Europe, only South Korea and India are countries are interesting for this type of engines.
This is the reality on compliance with the Euro 6 legislation in real life, and all manufacturers with reputation in Europe
therefore, due to the great difficulty of introducing diesel engines Euro 6b or Euro 6c, with the cost that that would entail, is de facto non-existence of any diesel chinese to Europe in a good season. Already just would be a way out, to resort to another manufacturer that has a Euro 6 engine and pay the corresponding license.
Is the case of Suzuki, which uses diesel engines Multijet from Fiat. Maybe not the best example, because according to a study by the NGO Transport & Environment, the engines Multijet are the most polluting among 230 models in real conditions (with homologation Euro 6). All these engines meet in lab, on road do not meet or chance.
The chinese manufacturers will have to resort to another strategy to get their products in the old continent. Will have to bet on segments with a higher weight on gasoline, but that involves small cars or sports. The first give too little money, the latter are extremely expensive to develop, sell little, and cost them a lot to convince the public that they can make products solvents.