The diesel particulate filter (DPF) is a key component of every modern diesel engine, but many people still don’t understand what it does or how to maintain it. So if you’re questioning why your car does or doesn’t have one, or you want to know whether or not you should have yours removed, this simple guide will tell you exactly what’s what. What exactly is a diesel particulate filter? The DPF is, as the name suggests, a filter. It is fitted somewhere near the top of your car’s exhaust system, as close to the engine as possible to help heat the system up quickly when the car is started from cold. The filter traps the toxic black soot produced by the engine in a bid to reduce the tell-tale cloud of black smoke that is produced by all diesel engines – usually visible when you put your foot down. When the filter reaches a certain temperature, it burns up any soot particles in the filter and releases them down the exhaust pipe as much smaller … [Read more...] about What is a diesel particulate filter?
Although Tata Motors took ownership of Jaguar Land Rover more than ten years ago, India’s industrial giant has given the British carmaker a great deal of autonomy. It was the wise thing to do, given that Jaguar and Land Rover know a lot more about building competitive cars than Tata does. It’s safe to say that both British brands flourished during Indian ownership and now Tata Motors wants its namesake brand to benefit from that. Enter the all-new Tata Harrier, an SUV that uses the same D8 platform as the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It’s the first Tata model with Land Rover underpinnings and that comes with great benefits as this review from Autocar India points out. Besides being roomy (a seven-seat variant will follow in 2020), the Harrier brings unseen levels of refinement and capability for a Tata vehicle. The ride quality is deemed as excellent on the not-so-great Rajasthan roads, which is high praise especially since the Harrier doesn’t feature the … [Read more...] about 2019 Harrier Based On Land Rover Discovery Might Be The First Tata You Might Actually Want To Buy
Motoring by Press Association 12/12/2018, 11:51 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Sometimes you’ve got to go back to basics to find out what’s what. In the case of the pick-up truck, this rings true. Over the past few years, the explosion of ‘high-end’ trucks has been felt across the country, with pick-ups sporting huge alloy wheels and luxurious interiors appearing all over the place. Does it mean that we’re getting a touch disenfranchised from a pick-up is ‘meant’ to be? Perhaps. I’m bad enough for this – I ran a top-of-the-range Volkswagen Amarok for six months this time last year, and I got pretty used to heated seats, a high-definition infotainment screen and an engine which allowed it to outpace most hot hatches in a straight line. But, like a shining white beacon in front of me, here’s the antidote. It’s from a premium manufacturer, but the … [Read more...] about Long term report: Back to basics with the Mercedes X-Class
Some people in France don’t need a particular reason to vandalize cars. Each New Year’s Eve, the country’s capital city of Paris sets a new record for the highest number of torched cars — last year’s tally was 650. Now, you might be aware that in certain French cities, especially Paris, there have been violent protests over the past few weeks directed against President Emmanuel Macron. Collectively known as the “yellow vests”, they have manifested their anger at Macron, whom they blame for rising oil prices and living costs. The French President has raised taxes on diesel fuel in a bid to encourage the driving of less-polluting cars. In a country where the majority of cars run on diesel, that didn’t go down well with the population. Also watch: Groups Of Young Men Set Fire To Over 100 Cars In Sweden The grassroots movement, which takes its name from the high-visibility jackets all motorists in France must carry in their vehicles, has … [Read more...] about France’s “Yellow Vests” Destroy Porsche 911, Mercedes-AMG GT, Other Luxury Cars
The European Union has stood divided over this issue for months, as some countries feel as though CO2 emissions should be cut by 30% before 2030, whereas others, such as the Netherlands and France, feel a 35% target is better. Unfortunately, the EU was unable to reach a compromise this week with regards to these numbers, following a six hour debate which failed to yield results, as reported by Autonews Europe. The initial plan was to cut emissions by 30% before 2030, compared to 2021 levels, a plan that even received German support. However, a push by several other EU countries such as the Netherlands and France raised that target to 35%. Then came a vote by European Parliament lawmakers who wanted a 40% reduction – a suggestion that encountered resistance from the automotive industry. Now, diplomats say that the targets remain a problem, especially with eight EU countries (including the Netherlands and Sweden), wanting emissions to be cut by 40%. Furthermore, a majority of … [Read more...] about EU Talks Over Cutting CO2 Emissions Break Down