Increasing emissions of CO2 to become a major problem for the automotive industry, says Jaguar Land Rover sales boss

An increase in the average CO2 emissions of the fall in diesel car sales will soon become a large, important problem is that the automotive industry will have to deal with.

According to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) group sales operations director Andy Goss, who said that the increase in CO2 emissions is inevitable in the short term, as buyers were turned off by the diesel and went back to petrol, however, instead of a market full of plug-in hybrid and electric alternatives.

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In fact, in 2017, the average emissions of CO2 increased by 1 g/km in the UNITED kingdom, the first increase since records began in 2002, as buyers turned away from the black pump because of the bad press and punitive tax changes made by the Government to put people out of the fuel.

“The emissions of CO2 is not very well articulated at this stage,” said Goss, who announced JLR records of annual new car sales in 2017. “It needs to be. We need a balance on this, and we will try to articulate ourselves.

“The CO2 agenda has not disappeared. It is not only a question of CO2, or NOx, is each an order of the day. All the producers are investing in electrification, has all the interest to navigate a path of descent together.”

Goss said that the switch away from diesel is currently not affected by any of the JLR future investment plans, because his new range of four-cylinder Diesel engines were part of the wider family Ingenium, with flexible production at the firm’s Wolverhampton engine plant. However, you cast long-term doubts about the future of fuel.

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“Do not affect future investments,” said Goss. “With engines Ingenium, we are able to flip-flop between the two. There is a way back for the diesel? It is impossible to answer, but the fiscal policy is only going in one direction. That brings the CO2 awareness – in a move to gasoline, the CO2 emissions go. It is a concern.”

Goss is confident JLR still able to meet its EU-binding target for average CO2 emissions of new cars sold in the european union, which is believed to be around 130g/km. But, he said the strong, unexpected switch from a diesel “gave a further challenge to hit the target”.

Diesel sales in the UK are likely to take yet another blow in April, when the fiscal pressure will increase unless they meet certain certification standards – the evidence for which does not yet exist.

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“It is difficult to imagine that the most recent decision in the budget,” said Goss about the plans of the government. “I’m not saying that it is short-term, but without other things, such as, for example, the scrapping, it is difficult to see an end-to-end decision-making process.”

Goss said that he was broadly happy that the government has worked with JLR and the industry, but I wanted to see a more “hand-in-glove approach with the policy”.

“We have 40,000 people in the UNITED kingdom, and our suppliers, and many more. We are investing billions of dollars in technology, while exporting 80% of what we do. It is of enormous benefit to the economy. We look forward to a hand-in-glove approach with the policy, so that there are no surprises. Planning takes huge time and investment, so it is a reasonable request, really. It is not a problem of production, but it’s another challenge on the other, because right now?”

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