In Part Two of the Diesel Car A-Z, the alphabet rolls on as we change our focus to the letters D, E and F.
D is for Diesel
A natural choice for ‘D’ because without diesel fuel there would be no Diesel Car. The fuel takes its name from the German inventor, Rudolph Diesel, who in 1892 invented the compression ignition engine. With better fuel economy and less harmful emissions it’s little wonder that diesel is so popular.
For those reasons and more, ‘D’ is definitely for diesel.
E is for Euro
The European Emissions standards, or ‘Euro’ for short, is the defined exhaust emission limits for new cars sold in the European Union. Euro 1 was introduced in July 1992, with the current legislation, Euro 5 coming into force in September 2009.
The Euro compliance costs manufacturers considerable amounts of cash in both research and development, but the result has been cars that a cleaner and greener and, with the road tax system based of Co2 emissions, cheaper to run.
F is for Ford
The mighty blue oval has done an awful lot for the diesel cause over the years. From showing British buyers that a diesel supermini could and would work, while today Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Centre produces thousands of engines a year.
In 2013 the plant produced almost 800,000 engines – an incredible feat from an incredible firm.