SUVs want to ban in EuropeSeptember 28, 2019
Off-road vehicles are called climate killers and people, they organize “crusades” against them and demand a ban. Such activists will bring the auto industry to trouble, experts decided.
European activists of various movements – from the “green” to those who advocate for road safety – as one took up arms against SUVs, including even hatchbacks with increased ground clearance and a beautiful body kit.
Most people die in accidents involving SUVs. In addition, they pollute our Earth. Therefore, they need to be banned or taxed, and owners of such cars in every possible way to condemn. This public opinion has developed about SUVs in Europe. It is actively broadcast both through social networks and through the media. Neither trucks nor sports cars use such notoriety. But activists make a big mistake, the German edition of Auto Motor und Sport points out – they don’t know anything about their enemy. Ask them what an SUV is, and they will describe anything but it, the publication says.
Activists do not even know how small the percentage of SUVs in the fleet of the same Germany. According to Kraftfahrtbundesamt, there are currently 3,144,333 SUVs in Germany. This is only 6.7% of all registered cars. But the main thing is that there are practically no real SUVs among them. This harmful class includes, for example, Fiat Sedici (Suzuki SX4), Citroën C4 Cactus, BMW X3, Porsche Cayenne and Macan, and even Jaguar E-Pace. All these are crossovers, equipped in the same way as sedans and station wagons, which often do not even have all-wheel drive and are only five centimeters taller than hatchbacks. Real SUVs are, for example, Ford Explorer. Activists of different movements simply do not distinguish between these machines, which is why they look not the best way.
Especially for environmentalists and other fighters with SUVs, the publication published a memo. Off-road vehicles are only those cars that are mandatory:
- have a permanent all-wheel drive system with pluggable axles;
- equipped with at least one differential lock (or similar device);
- able to climb slopes with a steepness of 30 degrees;
- have a front overhang angle of 25 degrees or more;
- the angle of the rear overhang – 20 degrees or more;
- Do not tip over, leaning sideways by 20 degrees;
- have ground clearance under the axles of at least 180 mm;
- ground clearance from 200 mm.
The next time a politician or activist who has ascended the podium demands a special tax on SUVs, the publication suggests asking him – what does he mean? Cars with a spare tire on the tailgate? Who has a plastic body kit? Does the definition of “SUV” mean an average fuel consumption of more than 10 liters per 100 kilometers? Or is air resistance greater than 0.35? Experts also recalled that the car, considered an SUV in Germany, in the United States is nothing more than a compact car with advanced features for driving on dirt roads.
At this edition does not cease to mock activists, citing various curious examples. Thus, the Ford EcoSport “SUV” has a 1-liter engine and consumes 5.5 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers, “exhaling” into the atmosphere only 125 grams of CO2 per kilometer. At the same time, the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan swallows gasoline, as if into itself. The “SUV” VW T — Roc has a ground clearance of 161 mm, and the Audi A4 Allroad Quattro station wagon has 180 mm.
That is, the appearance or body kit does not make the car an SUV, as installing a carbon fiber spoiler does not turn the car into a sports car. The question of the classification of SUVs, in the end, leads to the answer that the “SUVs” that it has become so fashionable to deal with are the same cars as the Mercedes — Benz C — class or Renault Clio. Therefore, restrictions cannot be imposed on them if there are no clear class definitions.
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