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Old 05.09.2017, 16:12
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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Partly true.

But as we have seen, even if the government says your car must be this and this efficient, the manufacturers produce a software hack that helps them pass the test without actually being that efficient. Strange that it took a test lab to catch that one, and that all the tens of thousands of drivers who fill their cars regularly never noticed they weren't getting the fuel efficiency they payed for.

Consumers are ultimately clueless and the statistics manufacturers produce cannot easily be translated into verifiable facts. In my view labeling criteria need to revised to reflect something consumers can actually see and relate to.
To be honest, though, that's nothing new. The way they used to test fuel efficiency even before there were any sneaky engine management chips, hacks or workarounds was phoney. Running on rollers with no wind resistance at a constant speed with no incline, perfectly tuned engine, no passengers, no luggage. A fuel efficiency not even my smooth-as-silk driving father could hope to get to.
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